1. What is bamboo flooring?
Bamboo flooring is hardwood flooring made from bamboo stalks. Typically, it is an engineered product that utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to process bamboo strips into multi-layered, tongue-and-groove pre-finished bamboo floor planks.
2. Why use bamboo flooring?
Bamboo flooring is an affordable, attractive, eco-friendly, and durable alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. According to the National Hardwood Flooring Association, natural bamboo flooring is 10% harder than red oak hardwood flooring. Considered a rapidly renewable building material, the use of bamboo flooring can help builders to achieve LEED® certification for construction projects.
3. Why is bamboo flooring “eco-friendly”?
The Moso bamboo utilized is actually a quick growing grass species (Phyllostachys Heterocycla Pubescens Ohwi). Grown and harvested on bamboo plantations (often government-authorized locations within Hunan Province, China), the bamboo plants take only 5-6 years to reach maturity. Because it is a harvested grass that continually regenerates, bamboo is considered a renewable and sustainable resource. Bamboo flooring is an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional hardwoods.
4. Is it possible to re-finish bamboo flooring?
Yes, you may wish to re-finish your bamboo flooring at some time in the future. Solid bamboo flooring planks can typically be re-finished up to 3 times. Other, non-solid plank types can be refinished fewer times, or not at all.
5. How is bamboo flooring installed?
Bamboo flooring installs just like traditional tongue-and-groove solid hardwood flooring. Any professional flooring installer can easily install bamboo floors with excellent results. To see our product installed, visit our gallery of bamboo floor installations.
6. Can bamboo flooring be installed over “in-floor” radiant heating?
Yes, because of its natural dimensional stability, many types of bamboo flooring are perfectly suited for installation over “in-floor” radiant heating. Before ordering product for use with in-floor heating, be sure to verify that it is suitable.
7. How do I maintain bamboo floors?
Bamboo floor maintenance is just like that for any other traditional hardwood flooring. After installation, clean with a no-wax, non-alkaline floor cleaner (Zep Hardwood Floor Cleaner supplied by Home Depot is suggested). Do not allow the cleaner or any other liquid to pool or remain on the surface, as this may damage the bamboo. Never clean or “wet mop” with water or any other product mixed with water, as this may dull the finish or damage the floor. Suggestions to keep your flooring looking new include:
- Quickly remove spills.
- Regularly vacuum and/or sweep with a nylon broom. Loose dirt and sand are a bamboo floor’s worst enemy, as it can scratch or be ground into the floor’s surface.
- Place door mats at exterior door areas.
- Use area rugs in high-traffic sections.
- Install protective feet on all furniture legs.
- Remove shoes (especially high-heel shoes) prior to walking on bamboo flooring.
- In locations of low humidity or high heat, we recommend utilizing a humidifier to prevent excessive bamboo shrinkage. Ideally, humidity should remain around 45%.
8. How much does it cost?
Bamboo flooring represents a very high value alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. Pricing will vary depending upon the manufacturer chosen, the size of your order, and current world market conditions. To quickly obtain a free price quotation, simply request a free price quote now. We look forward to serving you.
Have other bamboo flooring questions? Please contact us today and we will be happy to assist you.