Bamboo is actually a type of grass, not wood, which bodes well environmentally as bamboo is replenished far more quickly than harvested trees. Another advantage to bamboo is its ability to withstand staining from water and other adverse elements.
The process of turning bamboo into (laminate) flooring is relatively simple and cost-efficient. It is lightweight and dent resistant. Although not quite as hard as other wood flooring, it is stain proof as well as water resistant and an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas in your home.
Bamboo flooring is available in either finished or unfinished form. If you choose an unfinished bamboo floor, the planks are typically comprised of square edges which fit together well. This allows the homeowner to apply the finish of choice; we recommend a sealant or stain designed to protect the flooring and extend its durability. Consult a professional flooring expert if you decide to go this route.
Conversely, finished bamboo floors are usually beveled and sealed with polyurethane. The floor is attractive, stain-resistant, and ready for use immediately following installation.
Although most bamboo is harvested and imported from the Pacific Rim, it is easily available. The only drawback to bamboo flooring is its limited color availability; however, options such as carbonization exist to offer more color choices. Keep in mind that carbonized bamboo flooring is approximately twenty percent softer. You may wish to consider stained or dyed flooring as well.
Pricing varies but due to its renewable nature, bamboo can be purchased at a good value. As with all specialty flooring, we recommend you purchase your floor through a credible flooring company to ensure quality and a lasting product.