Throughout 2017, the flooring industry did quite well. In fact, it sold enough flooring to cover approximately 19.7 billion square feet. Bamboo flooring is one of the most durable and attractive flooring options on the market, but not too many people are fully aware of all its benefits.
Before you begin installing bamboo flooring, it’s best to do a little more research and learn all about this quality material.
Here are some frequently asked questions on installing bamboo flooring in your home or business:
How is bamboo flooring installed? -All bamboo floors are actually installed and maintained exactly like traditional hardwood materials. The bamboo material comes prefinished right out of the box, so you won’t have to do any of the potentially dangerous or messy on-site finishing. That being said, when, it’s important to ensure that the sub-floor is firm, level, and clean; manufacturer’s instructions are read and followed; tapping blocks are used throughout, and you remember to add at least 10% more square footage to account for waste and cuts.
How strong is bamboo flooring? -Though the first generation of bamboo floors that broke into the market in the 1990s was actually softer and comparable to traditional woods, today’s bamboo materials are known as the strongest wood floors on the market. Thanks to manufacturing advancements and innovative technology, certain types of bamboo floors are substantially higher than even the hardest conventional hardwood materials. The Janka Hardness test works by measuring the force required to embed an 11.28mm steel ball halfway into a material. The higher the amount of necessary force, the higher the Janka score. Bamboo flooring regularly records a Janka score of over 4,000 pounds which is far higher than all other hardwoods.
Is bamboo flooring good for the environment? — Yes, bamboo is an eco-friendly material as it grows to maturity in 5 years. Bamboo flooring materials are sourced from well-managed forests, and each floor compliant with the Lacey Act which ensures that they were legally sourced with little-to-no damage to the environment.