A tough resilient grass that grows predominantly in Southeast Asia, bamboo is becoming a popular flooring material alternative. In terms of hardness, bamboo can reach densities beyond that of red oak. Bamboo grows abundantly in plantations ready to be harvested within 5 to7 years, compared to hardwood which can take anywhere from 15 to 100 years to mature. The short maturity span of bamboo makes it an incredibly renewable resource and the most environmentally friendly of all flooring products available. Brampton Hardwood Floors offers an array of bamboo flooring in multiple stain colours and styles that can add that special touch to any part of your home.
Solid hardwood is relatively expensive especially in its higher grades. Bamboo flooring is more economical to purchase because of its abundant supply. Solid hardwood is not as environmentally friendly compared to other hard surface flooring products. Bamboo flooring is more environmentally friendly than any hardwood because of its rapid growth cycle and its ability to be managed in controlled bamboo plantations. Solid Hardwood cannot be installed below grade. Bamboo floors can be installed below grade in basements because of its inherent stability to moisture changes. Prefinished solid hardwood is offered in many different colours and can accept many different custom stain colours in its unfinished form. Currently there is a limited choice of colours in bamboo flooring, however slowly there are more colour choices becoming available. The longevity of hardwood has been proven in its capability to withstand many refinishing cycles. Bamboo flooring is more challenging to resurface and doesn't accept stain colours as easy as hardwood.
Bamboo flooring should be treated like hardwood when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. It should be protected immediately upon their installation by periodic cleaning using a suitable hardwood floor cleaner. To prevent scratches, felt protector pads should be used under all furniture. When moving furniture, remember to lift and not drag. High heeled shoes should never be worn on top of any hardwood floor. Following this advice as well as the advice below will ensure that you will be enjoying your bamboo floor for many years to come.