Pax Ivanna. flooring. May 27th , 2017.
When you look at bamboo flooring pros and cons, the fact that bamboo is a form of grass works in its favor. It does not need to be replaced very often and that is definitely a positive factor in the decision-making process. Bamboo generally takes only about three to five years to mature, which means that it can easily be used in the manufacture of materials such as flooring, while not compromising the environment where it is produced and harvested. This is in stark comparison to the many years that it takes to grow and harvest more traditional wood trees for hardwood floors. Also, many third world countries use bamboo as a resource for sustainable living and generating income. This all makes bamboo flooring seem an easy choice to make, but there can be some drawbacks.
Some things to consider when picking your new floors: Clean - How difficult will it be to clean and keep clean? Durability - Will it hold up to the traffic and abuse it will receive? Warranty - How long will your new flooring last with proper maintenance? Comfort and Style - You want your new flooring make your room or rooms to feel comforting and have style that you can be proud of.
Regarding durability, BF is better than LF. LF cant be repaired if the top layer, abrasion resistance, is broken as there is no layer to protect the decorative layer and support material. BF still can be used if its surface is broken because there is still bamboo under the surface.
You will also need a vapor barrier, usually a resin polyethylene film. Examples of this are the Pergo Moisturbloc vapor barrier and Mohawk Moisturegard. This layer protects your flooring from swelling and buckling due to moisture. If the sub-floor is wood, this barrier film isn't used.
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