Bamboo has long been known as an alternative to hardwood flooring in the greater Lexington, KY area. Homeowners enjoy bamboo for its durability and unique design appeal.
Here at Floor Coverings International Lexington, we’ve looked far and wide for the best flooring solutions for every need. That includes bamboo, which has many benefits to offer. But is it the right choice for you?
Although it achieves a similar warmth and design aesthetic to hardwood flooring, bamboo does not come from trees. Rather, bamboo is a type of grass with tough stocks that are cut and processed. A great feature of bamboo is that its harvesting process does not remove the root system of the plant, allowing for the bamboo to regrow and be harvested again every 5 or so years. This rapid regrowth makes bamboo much more sustainable than hardwood and an eco-friendly option for the environmentally conscientious homeowner.
Unlike solid hardwood flooring, bamboo planks are not individual pieces of bamboo. Instead, the bamboo planks are similar to engineered hardwood, and either strips or stands of bamboo are fused together with a durable epoxy. The latter, strand woven bamboo flooring, is a very tough product that can withstand everyday wear and tear. It’s a great option for homes with kids and pets!
When it comes to design, bamboo can look a lot like hardwood. Its planks can be finished in a variety of ways, including the beautiful hand-scraping process that adds the timeworn appeal we know and love. Bamboo planks also come in both standard and wide plank formats to give the flexibility you need to find the perfect look.
- Some varieties of strip bamboo flooring are softer than your average hardwood and might not be the best for high-traffic areas or busy homes.
- While bamboo provides more water resistance than traditional hardwood, you should care for your bamboo the same way you would solid hardwoods and avoid excess water and spills.
- Not all bamboo flooring is made to the same standards, so it’s important to get your floors from top manufacturers and have them installed professionally.
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If you think bamboo might be the flooring choice for you, get in touch with your local flooring specialist at Floor Coverings International Lexington to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We proudly serve the greater Lexington, Nicholasville areas!