Why Homeowners are Choosing Bamboo Floors
If you are thinking about updating the flooring in your home, bamboo may be the way to go. A 2021 survey by Modernize found that 33 percent of responding homeowners were beginning a flooring project within a year. Almost 13 percent of homeowners planning on upgrading their flooring were planning to have bamboo flooring installed — more than popular linoleum, tile, and vinyl floors. Additionally, according to Forbes, the bamboo flooring market is expected to reach $1,549 million by the end of 2026. This shows that bamboo is becoming one of the most popular types of flooring to be installed in modern U.S. homes.
This popularity is not surprising. Not only do bamboo floors add a unique and warm ambiance to any home, they are a versatile, natural option, and eco-friendly option. Continue reading to learn why this type of flooring is becoming a new favorite among homeowners today.
What are the Benefits of Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo flooring is rising in popularity as homeowners move toward greener flooring materials. It is also a beautiful type of wood flooring, with strand woven, horizontal and vertical planks, and it is not a fad. Your home’s bamboo floors will remain in style for decades upon decades.
If you are thinking about making the switch to bamboo, the following are some benefits you will enjoy.
There are three main types of bamboo flooring: horizontal, vertical, and strand woven bamboo. Each type has a different appearance and feel to it, giving you the opportunity to purchase the one that best fits the look of your home. In addition, it comes comes in a variety of colors.
Bamboo flooring has the strength to withstand daily wear and tear, no matter how much traffic walks across it every day. In fact, it is as durable as traditional types of hardwood floors, if not more durable. Bamboo has a Janka rating of 1380, which makes it stronger than ash, oak, and walnut hardwood floors. Manufacturers often offer warranties that last over 20 years.
If you are looking for an environmentally-friendly option for your flooring, this type of flooring is definitely the right choice. Many homeowners are choosing bamboo floors for their homes in an effort to use more eco-friendly and sustainable building materials. Whereas some types of wood used for floors can take decades to grow, bamboo can be renewed in about five years. It does not take a large toll on the environment when it is harvested.
Bamboo flooring does not trap allergens. So if you are prone to allergies, it will spare you from runny noses and watery eyes in the springtime. Also, these types of floors are resistant to bugs.
If you have cats and dogs, you do not have to worry about their nails scratching the surface of a bamboo floor. It also is not prone to stains, which means it won’t be affected if your pets have any accidents. However, just to be safe, you may want to place mats or pet beds on the floor for a little extra protection.
Where do Bamboo Floors Work Best?
Bamboo is extremely hard and durable, as well as moisture resistant. This makes it a great flooring material for kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and even bathrooms as they will not absorb moisture. Essentially, you can add this type of flooring to any room of the home without risking damage, or worrying about foot traffic or moisture.
How Much Does Bamboo Flooring Cost?
Another reason bamboo floors are growing in homeowner popularity is because they are quite affordable.
Generally, bamboo floors cost $5 to $15 per square foot. Installation costs about $4 per square foot, depending on local costs in your area. Depending on your contractor and the type of planks you choose, a 250 square foot room can cost $3,500 to $9,000 on average. Modernize recommends requesting a quote from a local contractor for accuracy.
Bamboo Flooring Maintenance
Bamboo floors are a great option if you are looking for low maintenance flooring that still looks great. All you have to do to maintain them is regularly sweep dust and debris from the surface, and mop them up as needed.
There is no need to wax or refinish bamboo hardwood floors. This means the bulk of your investment will be during installation, then you can enjoy the floors without renovating for decades.
Find an Experienced Flooring Contractor
Here at Modernize, we always encourage homeowners to work with a trusted flooring contractor who can advise you on the best type of bamboo flooring for your home and provide expert installation.
To help you find a skilled professional, plenty of resources. Learn how to vet a flooring contractor before hiring, or how to discuss financing your project with a professional. When you are ready, tap into our network of local flooring professionals and compare three to four quotes to find the best price and pro for your project.
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