Common Misconceptions about Bamboo Flooring

bamboo flooring misconceptionsWhen it comes to home building and decorating, choosing the floors is one of the most important decisions you’ll probably make, because your choice will be in your house for years to come. More and more people are deciding to install bamboo floors in their homes and for good reason: there a numerous benefits to this flooring, like its rapid renewability, low cost, and durability. But with all of the numerous benefits, there are still many misconceptions out there about bamboo flooring.

Well, we’re going to put some of the most common ones to rest right now.

Misconception #1 –

All Bamboo Floors Contain Toxic Formaldehyde

In the past, bamboo flooring used Urea-formaldehyde in the laminating process, but the green movement has inspired many manufacturers to create  with untraceable amounts, and in some cases, none at all.  Ambient, for instance, offers strand bamboo flooring that has been tested by independent labs, and have formaldehyde levels rated well within the most stringent indoor air standards in the world, such as CARB Phase II, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), European (E1), European (E0)s.  I would say that makes misconception #5 debunked!

Misconception #2 – Bamboo Won’t Last as Long as Other Flooring Options

Well, we’re not sure where this one got started but we can tell you with 100% confidence, it’s just not true. First of all, the life of any flooring is directly correlated to how well it has been cared for and maintained. Any floor will wear out early if it hasn’t been taken care of properly. If you take care of your bamboo floors, you can expect that they can last for 100 years or more. In fact it’s well-known that most strand bamboo floors never need to be refinished because they resist denting and scratching so well.  Misconception #2 – debunked!

Misconception #3 – Bamboo Is Too Expensive

Where do people come up with this stuff? Bamboo is actually cheaper than wood because of its renewability. Bamboo can fully renew itself in just 5-7 years. Compare that to traditional hardwoods that can take over 100 years to fully mature. This is why you’ll often see top quality bamboo flooring at significantly lower prices than both domestic and exotic woods. Misconception #3 – debunked!

Misconception #4 – Bamboo Comes in Limited Colors

And Baskin Robins only has 3 flavors. Because bamboo has become widely popular in the last few years, manufacturers have started developing more variations in color, tones and textures. These days, if you can get a piece of wood a certain color, you can get the same color in a piece of bamboo. Plus, if you are a creative do-it-yourselfer, you can get unfinished bamboo planks and stain or color them any shade your little heart desires. Misconception #4 – debunked!

Misconception #5 – Bamboo is Softer and More Fragile Than Wood

This is one of the biggest myths out there, most likely started because wood floors are called “hard” wood floors, and bamboo, after all, is made from a grass, which isn’t hard at all. But the reality is, most types of bamboo floors are harder and more durable than oak flooring, and this is backed by the Janka Scale which measures flooring durability. Some bamboo flooring, in fact, such as strand woven, ranks higher than many exotic woods like Brazilian Maple and Royal Mahogany. You really can’t get any harder than that. So, misconception #1 – debunked!

If any of these misconceptions were keeping you from considering bamboo flooring in your home, we hope we’ve helped you see the truth, which is that bamboo is the greener, cheaper, and more durable choice of flooring out there.

Categories: Flooring, Green Living, Interior Decorating

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