Hardwood floors have been traditionally used to add warmth and sophistication in building homes and commercial spaces. However, in the past few years flooring customers have been looking for new choices in home building materials that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Bamboo flooring has become a popular option for flooring because it can provide a durable option for flooring that is environmentally-friendly.
Here are some of the advantages and drawbacks of hardwood flooring as compared to strand woven bamboo flooring.
Bamboo grows so fast that it can mature in just 5-6 years as compared to oak, which requires more than 30 years for a tree to be harvested. Oak trees can take up to 90 years to reach full maturity and the tree can live over 800 years. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world and that is why it has become one of the prime building materials of the green building industry.
Hardness is a major factor in determining the durability of a flooring material. In this case, strand woven bamboo flooring should not be confused with traditional bamboo flooring products. Strand woven bamboo flooring is unique because it undergoes a manufacturing process that improves the hardness and durability. When compared with hardwood, strand woven bamboo flooring is one of the hardest floors on the market, ranking 4th on our lab test which compared over 52 hardwood flooring choices. Mr. Bamboo’s floors are 100% harder than Red Oak and most other hardwoods.
Style and Color Options
Many people opt for traditional hardwood flooring because of the style and sophistication that it can add to a residential home or commercial space. However, as the manufacturing techniques for strand woven bamboo flooring have improved, strand woven bamboo flooring is now available in several color options that promote the natural beauty of the material. Mr. Bamboo flooring is available in four colors, which can all provide stylish options to complement modern interior designs.
Resistance to Damage
Hardwood floors may scratch and dent and are not recommended for areas that contain moisture. In addition, damaged areas may require repairs after an extended period of time. Strand woven bamboo flooring won’t dent or scratch easily from high heels, sharp objects, pet claws and furniture movement. It has been approved as a pet-friendly flooring material for pet owners that want to maintain a clean home. Strand woven bamboo flooring is even approved for use in kitchens because it will absorb less water moisture than most hardwoods.