Going green is an increasing trend in many different countries today. People who are concerned about our planet and are changing certain habitual practices to protect the overall environment. One of which is considering installing bamboo in their homes and businesses instead of the traditional hardwood floors.
While this is an excellent idea for people who are concerned about the state of their environment, there is information that they need to know before making a decision. Therefore, one of the first things that the homeowner should do is to research the difference between the two flooring options.
Durability-Durability is a factor in a long-term home based installation decision, since it can be costly to re-do or replace the entire floors in a home. Therefore, when the homeowner is considering installing bamboo floors, they should look for information about how strong these floors are; and how long are they expected to lasts? However, when comparing the durability of bamboo to the traditional hardwood floors, the answer can vary. For instance, most bamboo floors have a lesser hardness ratio that some of the traditional hardwood floors. Therefore, there may be some problems with it’s durability. On the other hand, bamboo floors are naturally resistant to moisture, while hardwood can be damaged by water (i.e. even when they have been pre-treated). Which means, if the person is concerned about moisture in the home or floods in the area, they may prefer installing bamboo floors instead of hardwood floors.
Availability of the Materials-When comparing hardwood floors to bamboo floors, the homeowner should look at its availability in their geographical location. While hardwood floor materials can be found in virtually any area that has a lot of trees, bamboo floor materials can only be found in certain geographical locations. Which means, the materials for bamboo floors are limited, except in Southeast Asia where it is normally grown. Check with your home builder if they are offering bamboo flooring. Many Luxury home builders are always looking for ways to build greener homes. Therefore, before large amounts of homeowners in other geographical locations install them in their homes, they must also consider this as a factor when installing and replacing them.
Aesthetics-Some might think that bamboo flooring is not as beautiful as hardwood flooring. However, bamboo floors are just as beautiful as hardwood. If you don’t believe me, have a look for yourself.
Price Comparisons-With whole households comparing prices today, the cost of the flooring is normally a major factor any home project. Consequently, one of the deciding factors is how much money is available to the homeowner. Which means, if the price is the deciding factor, the owner may want to choose bamboo flooring instead of hardwood flooring to save money.
The costs of hardwood floor can vary substantially from one hardwood material to another. For instance, the cost of hardwood flooring can range from $3 – $10.00 per square foot. These amounts are usually based, however, on the type of hardwood flooring chosen. On the other hand, the costs of bamboo flooring are substantially lower because the cost per square foot can range from $2 – $5. Therefore, if the homeowner’s major priority is saving money, they may want to choose bamboo flooring as their option.
Due to go green initiatives and other factors, bamboo flooring is becoming more popular in many areas of the country and abroad. However, before a homeowner installs the flooring in his or her home, they should do their homework so that they will know the benefits as well as the disadvantages.
About the Author: Grace is a free lance writer who is always on the look out for tips and tricks in hopes of helping current to future home owners. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys the company of a good book, and a cup of coffee. (374)