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Should I Consider Commercial Bamboo Flooring for my Home?

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010

Commercial Bamboo flooring from Duro Design

Should you consider commercial bamboo flooring for your house? The answer to that lies solely on your budget. Harder and tougher is always the best choice in everything except pillows or steak. And though most bamboo flooring products are already durable and strong, these characteristics at their most effective come at a premium in bamboo flooring. You have to decide if that extra investment is worth the added durability.

Basically there are two types of bamboo: "regular" bamboo and strand or strand-woven bamboo. Both are durable and will take plenty of traffic, but strand bamboo flooring does score a bit higher on the durability scale. The difference between the two lies in how the planks are constructed.

In regular solid bamboo flooring, the bamboo stalks are cut into strips, and entire strips are pressure-glued together to achieve a final, solid plank product. With strand bamboo, smaller pieces and strips of the bamboo are woven together and then molded and also glued together at intense pressure levels.

That added step of weaving the strands of bamboo together are what make this product a more "commercial grade" selection. If you foresee your floor taking significant abuse in your home from pets, kids, and visitor chaos, then the strand-woven bamboo floor would be a tremendous investment. If, on the other hand, your home or area of your home in which you'd like to install the flooring is a place of "serenity now" and won't see tons of traffic, then regular bamboo would work just fine for you.

You can look to pay a similar price for regular bamboo flooring as you would for traditional hardwood flooring, but with strand woven bamboo products, don't be surprised by a higher price tag. You also want to make sure you work with a reputable manufacturer because if you do go with commercial grade bamboo flooring, you are definitely going to pay a higher price for it. Beware of products that are described this way but have very low price points. They might have used substandard processing or used adhesives that emit unhealthy levels of VOCs or other vapors.

There is no grading system for bamboo flooring, as there is for traditional hardwood, so it's a bit more difficult to have blind confidence in your supplier or manufacturer, but again, just do your homework, do a little digging, and try to go with a personal reference, and you'll be certain to have a safe, durable product that will be beautiful for decades — either way you go.