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Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Floor Installations

If you like hardwood floors but want to try something a little different, bamboo flooring is an excellent option. Although bamboo is often considered hardwood flooring, bamboo is actually a type of grass that is shredded into small pieces and pressed together to make floor boards. As a renewable resource, this type of flooring is a sustainable option for homeowners who want a great looking floor that is also environmentally friendly. 

Although bamboo flooring is not actually wood, it can be produced to resemble wood, so you can get floors that appear like woods such as maple, walnut, or tigerwood. In addition, bamboo floors can be installed by your flooring contractor in any of the areas where you would normally use wood, such as bathrooms, basements, bedrooms, and kitchens.

Want to learn more about this unique type of flooring? Continue reading to find out what bamboo flooring has to offer.

Types of Bamboo

At Modernize, we encourage homeowners to work with a trusted flooring contractor who can advise you on the different types of bamboo flooring to determine which one is best for your home.  The following are different types of bamboo floors you can choose from:

  • Horizontal Bamboo: Horizontal bamboo flooring is made up of strips of bamboo that are horizontally glued together and then pressurized and finished. This process creates a classic look, making the growth rings of the bamboo visible.
  • Vertical Bamboo: This type of bamboo floor has a linear and uniform look. Although the processing of bamboo is similar to the horizontal flooring, vertical bamboo has growth rings that are much thinner and less visible.
  • Strand-Woven Bamboo: Strand-woven bamboo is harder than the other types of bamboo floors. It is made when bamboo is soaked in adhesive, then compressed in high heat and finished.

Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Homeowners enjoy several benefits when they choose bamboo floors. The following are some of the reasons why you should consider them for your home:

  • Water resistance
  • Affordability
  • Environmental friendliness 
  • Durability
  • Allergen resistance
  • Versatility

How Much Do Bamboo Floors Cost?

Many homeowners want to know the cost of bamboo flooring, and how its pricing compares to hardwood alternatives, before making a decision on this flooring type for their home.

Typically, bamboo flooring will cost between $5-$15 per square foot, on average. The exact pricing will depend on the type of bamboo. For example, strand-woven bamboo usually costs more than solid options, such as vertical and horizontal bamboo. Engineered bamboo is usually cheaper per square foot, compared to authentic bamboo and hardwood.

Bamboo Flooring

Carpet is among the most cost-effective and comfortable flooring options

  • Durable

  • Modern look

  • Easy to clean

  • Lasts 20-25 years

Also, bamboo is often more affordable than many high-end hardwood flooring options, such as maple and red oak, which can cost $15 per square foot or more.

Bamboo costs can vary across locations and contractors, so make sure to ask your contractor for more specific pricing for different bamboo floor options.

How to Maintain Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo floors are extremely low maintenance and all that’s needed to keep them looking great is to regularly sweep dust and debris off of them. Then, as needed, you can mop the floors to keep them at their best. Bamboo floors are maintained the best when they are not waxed.

Bamboo can add a special flair to your home. As with many home renovations, finding the right contracting partner will be a big help in choosing the right type of bamboo flooring. Let Modernize help you find the right flooring contractor who can help you take the first step of your journey.

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