There are many varieties of bamboo flooring options on the market today, but not all of them offer the same benefits. Bamboo can differ in strength and durability, as well as its ability to help the environment. While all bamboo is considered “green flooring” and a sustainable material, the degree to which they achieve this status varies. How do you tell the difference if you’re a homeowner in the Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA area? In this quick guide, we help answer that question.
The Difference in Cut
Bamboo flooring can be cut in different ways. The most durable bamboo tiles are those cut along the vertical grain. This offers superior strength to the bamboo floor tiles over those cut horizontally. Bamboo that is cut horizontally often cracks or warps, resulting in a floor that needs to be replaced sooner.
There are many species of bamboo, and not all will produce durable flooring. The best species for flooring is Moso, a temperate species of timber bamboo, which offers a superior tensile strength (the resistance of a material to breaking under tension). Moso that is harvested from plants between five and seven years old makes the best flooring. It offers greater strength and increased durability, which allows it to better stand up to wear and tear. Young bamboo plants (under five years old) do not have the same hardness as more mature plants.
Finishes & Textures
While bamboo is both a green and a sustainable flooring product, how it is treated does not always produce the best environmental result. If harmful finishes or glues are used on the floor, they can cause problems for the people living in the space, as well as for the durability of the product. The culprit in many sick buildings is formaldehyde. It is important that you choose a bamboo flooring that is within the government’s code for safety. The current rating is that formaldehyde should occur at 0.03 parts per million or less for indoor or outdoor air.
Protect Your Investment
One way to make sure you make the right purchase is to shop smart. Use a reliable and experienced company for both the sale and installation. The Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to implement standards for off-gassing of flooring products in 2016, so be sure to check if those standards are in place when making your purchase. Because of the range of quality in bamboo flooring, look for value over simply looking at price. It’s better to buy a quality-flooring product that will last over saving a little money and having to replace your floors in a few years.
Bamboo remains a very popular and beneficial choice for flooring in homes and businesses in the Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA area. If chosen right, it can last for generations, as well as offer sustainable benefits to the environment. On top of everything else, it’s a beautiful flooring material! Call Floor Coverings International Concord today to learn about the wonderful bamboo flooring products available for your home.
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