Bamboo Flooring Considerations

Bamboo floors have become rather popular over the last few years. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they’re also pretty eco-friendly and helps cut the use of hardwoods for flooring. However, before you have bamboo floors installed in your homes or properties, here are some things you need to know.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Emissions

To make bamboo floor planks, the bamboo stalk first needs to be sliced or shred into small pieces. These pieces are then put together by using heat, pressure, and a resin-based adhesive. The problem with this is that the adhesive used can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air over time. More often than not, these VOCs will linger in the room’s air, and may end up causing several VOC related illnesses to the people exposed to them.

However, high quality bamboo flooring made by reputable manufacturers are rated to be safe. They still use adhesive, but the adhesive used are in acceptable amounts and generally safe for the public.

Scratches Easily

One of the things that people love about bamboo floors is that they are relatively easy to maintain. Unfortunately, it is kind of challenging to keep them in perfect and pristine condition. This is especially true if the floor experiences heavy foot traffic on a regular basis. Such traffic, including high heels, pet claws, and furniture legs can damage the surface and leave scratch marks on it.

Fortunately, there are several ways to keep this from happening. Naturally, you’ll want observe good cleaning and maintenance practices. Besides, some people aren’t actually bothered by small scratches and scrapes. For most of them, small scratches and marks to your bamboo flooring are inevitable but can often add to the character and charm of your floor.

Water Damage

High quality bamboo flooring has excellent water-repelling abilities compared to average wood, and especially against carpet flooring. However, remember that it is still a natural material made of organic elements. That said, it is still susceptible to damages caused by exposure to excessive moisture. This can lead to the development of mold, and even cause the bamboo planks to warp.

But as was mentioned, high quality bamboo flooring is more resistant to water damage than other hardwood flooring materials. So as long as you promptly wipe away spilled liquids on the bamboo floor’s surface, you really don’t have to worry about them damaging your beautiful bamboo floor. You can also have your bamboo floor sealed every now and then to give them more protection against moisture.

Bamboo floors are excellent alternatives to hardwood flooring. However, there are some things you need to consider before having them installed. By taking these into account and doing the necessary precautions, your bamboo floors are more likely to stay beautiful for many years to come.

For more information, contact Engadine Floor Store today.