Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Bamboo flooring is one of the more economical choices for your home remodel. If you like the look of hard wood but are looking to save money while reducing your carbon footprint, it is really the best way to go. Here is some pricing information that can help you when shopping around for bamboo.
On average, bamboo flooring tends to cost between $4 and $6 per square foot. This pricing usually pertains to DIY bamboo flooring. The size of the room you are looking to floor with bamboo will definitely affect your costs. For example, a 12×12 area can cost you between $575 and $865 on average.
More expensive types of bamboo flooring include exotic or prefinished bamboo. These can run you as much as $13 per square foot.
On top of this, there could also be some additional costs for your bamboo flooring. A border or custom pattern can add a dollar or two per square foot. Flooring an oddly-shaped room can also cost a little more. This is because you may not be able to get an exact measurement and will have to overestimate the amount of bamboo you will need for the room.
Not to mention, if you have to first get rid of old flooring before installing new bamboo flooring, this can also increase costs. However, you can always save money by learning how to take out old flooring yourself. If not, you can hire a contractor. Just remember that they will charge you for moving furniture if you have not done so yourself.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Bamboo is a highly sustainable, woody perennial evergreen plant that serves as a great alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. There are two options for bamboo flooring: engineered laminated strips or planks of bamboo. In addition to being one of the most sustainable flooring products on the market, it is a symbol for longevity and friendship; so if feng shui is a home decorating principle, plank bamboo flooring will be an excellent addition to your home.
Bamboo used for plank flooring is ideally harvested between August and the winter months. This is because resin and water levels are at their optimum conditions during this time, whereas bamboo harvested earlier is more prone to cracking and splitting. You should check with the manufacturer to make sure that the bamboo has been treated to be ant and termite resistant, as well as with fire retardant material. These things will only help to ensure a greater longevity and higher quality of bamboo flooring.
Plank flooring is manufactured to have tongue and groove installation. This is similar to floating bamboo flooring, but in this case it has to be attached to the subfloor by means of nails or adhesive, depending on what the subfloor is made of. If the subfloor is wood, nailing it to the joists and edges is the best option; if the floor is tile or concrete, you will need some kind of adhesive to join the planks to the subflooring. Bamboo does tend to expand with moisture so it is best to leave at least 10mm at the edges to allow for the occasional change in size and shape. You can cover the spaces with molding or use spacers to allow for the expansion; it’s up to you.
Plank bamboo flooring comes in a variety of colors, so finding one that suits your home décor needs should be simple. To get the best visual affect you should install the planks parallel to the longest wall in a room and ideally leading form a doorway to a widow, window to window, or something like that to add length and a visual flow to the room. Not only will a plank bamboo floor enhance the natural beauty of your home, it will add an eco-friendly element to your home that can bring a bit of ease to your mind.
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm
If you are in love with the idea of a brand new bamboo floor but are looking for the cheapest option possible, a laminate floor could be the answer. Laminate flooring is an economical option that does not compromise on style.
Laminate flooring is a synthetic floor that closely resembles hard wood and bamboo. The top layer of a laminate floor is basically a photograph that captures the fine detail of natural woods. In the past, laminate flooring was considered to be cheap-looking. However, with advances in technology, the modern laminate floor can perfectly mimic the rich look or a hardwood or bamboo floor.
Made from numerous layers of plywood, laminate flooring is tough and built to last. It effectively resists scratches and stains and is very easy to clean. Laminate flooring will also resist warping when coming into contact with water, making it ideal for bathroom and kitchen flooring. It is also a great choice for the do-it-yourselfer since you can usually install a laminate floor within the span of a weekend.
One disadvantage against laminate flooring is that it is not at all made from bamboo. Bamboo is a fast-growing product with a minimal carbon footprint, making a bamboo floor the perfect choice for an eco-friendly household. Some also say that laminate just feels unnatural under your feet if you are accustomed to hard wood.
If time and money are your biggest priorities, laminate that resembles a bamboo floor can meet your needs and look great at the same time.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Bamboo flooring has many benefits. Many people choose it for its looks while others appreciate how eco-friendly it is. However, bamboo flooring can also be an ideal choice for those on a strict budget. Here are some ways you can save money with bamboo flooring.
First, the best way to find affordable bamboo flooring is online. Compare prices from a number of Websites to see how much of a deal you can get for the amount you would like.
Once you have purchased your new bamboo flooring, you can save even more money by installing it yourself. The most affordable type of bamboo flooring is pressed flooring, which resembles laminate flooring. This pressed flooring is actually the easiest to install. Even if you have never before installed flooring into your home, there are many resources that can teach you how. Look into home improvement books or instructional videos. These materials will also tell you what kinds of materials and tools you will need.
Just because you have gotten a deal on your bamboo flooring, doesn’t mean it isn’t strong enough for any room in your home. Bamboo is bamboo and it is durable and long-lasting. It will do as fine in your kitchen or bathroom as it will in your living room or dining room.
Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
If you are considering hard wood floors for your home, take a look at some of the advantages of solid bamboo flooring. You will quickly find out why more and more people are converting to bamboo flooring as an alternative to traditional woods.
Solid bamboo flooring has the same benefits of hard wood flooring. Both are very strong and will last you through the years. A solid floor of either bamboo or traditional wood will increase the value of your home by the same amount. You can clean both with the same easy method and cleaning supplies, which makes each option ideal for high-traffic kitchen flooring.
However, there are some major upsides to solid bamboo flooring over regular hardwood. For one, bamboo will cost you up to 40% or 50% less than traditional woods, making it a wonderful option for renovations on a budget. Solid bamboo flooring can also be installed virtually anywhere, is more eco-friendly and is made with resins that emit fewer allergens. It is also slightly safer than regular hard wood since it is more flame-resistant.
Now that you have selected to go with solid bamboo flooring, there is one more thing to consider. Color will be an important choice to make for reasons of which you may be unaware. If you are attracted to bamboo for its lighter color, you should know that the lighter bamboo is, the weaker it will be. Darker colors will be harder and more durable.
In all, solid bamboo flooring just has too many advantages of hard wood to be ignored. If you have more questions, contact a manufacturer and see if it is the right choice for your home.
Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Engineered bamboo floors are a popular flooring option for a variety of reasons; bamboo is a highly sustainable, “green” product, it is durable, and cheaper than most other types of hardwood flooring. Installing bamboo flooring does have a few downsides, however. If you are considering purchasing and installing bamboo as a type of home flooring, this list of pros and cons may help to guide your final decision.
- Bamboo flooring is a non-allergenic product and does not harbor dust and allergens like many other types of hard flooring products. With bamboo flooring, you can literally breathe easy.
- Bamboo floors are easy to clean. You can’t use a wet mop on them like other floors, but the cleaning process is still very simple.
- Bamboo is a “green” product that is extremely sustainable because it only takes 3-5 years for adequate regrowth, whereas trees can take up to 150 years or more. In addition, bamboo is considered a grass and thus does not require replanting; where ever a bamboo stalk is cut, another will grow in its place.
- Bamboo flooring has flexibility with installation techniques. It can be glued, nailed, or floated; the floating method is easy enough that it can be installed by someone with little to no experience.
- Bamboo is known for being a very soft wood. As a result, bamboo floor dents and scratches easily. It is best not to wear high heels on bamboo flooring, and to place protective coverings on furniture legs to avoid damaging the floors.
- Moisture can be problematic for bamboo floors as it is highly porous; meaning that it will absorb liquid and buckle if the liquid is not cleaned up immediately. It is wise to have a water resistant protectant installed beneath the floor boards.
- There is less regulation on bamboo. Most of it comes from China, and they do not have the same stringent regulations as the U.S. companies do; some of the bamboo comes with significant amounts of formaldehyde and other chemicals.
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
If you are looking to purchase bamboo flooring for your home but want something with a bit of a luxurious edge, then carbonized bamboo could be the resource for you. With carbonized flooring you get the sustainability of bamboo and the richness of hardwood.
The method of carbonizing bamboo floors helps create a deep color that is completely opposite to its initial untreated look. Through carbonization bamboo floors can become a rich espresso color or a deep coffee hue. In order to convert the flooring into a carbon-containing material, the bamboo must go through a heating process that helps eliminate sugar molecules from the bamboo strips. The higher levels of heat the bamboo flooring is exposed to, the darker the strips will get.
But with the exposure to heat, also comes the weakening of the bamboo flooring. Bamboo is an exceptionally durable substance, but because it is exposed to a steam process the flooring could lose anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of its strength. To combat this problem manufacturers have limited the carbonization process to two hours, which helps carbonized bamboo flooring keep eight percent of its stability and strength.
To help add to the overall durability of your carbonized bamboo flooring, make sure you purchase flooring that is covered with s finish to prevent any surface damage like scratches or discoloration. This will help keep your bamboo floor looking good for years to come.
Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 12:41 pm
If you are looking for a unique option in home flooring, strand-woven bamboo is a great choice. There are also many other advantages to this type of bamboo flooring, aside from its gorgeous appearance.
How it’s made
Strand-woven bamboo flooring is made from moso bamboo, which is the largest species of bamboo on the planet. The moso stalks are cut into pieces and boiled to eliminate the sugars that can attract termites. After the moso is dried, the stalks are high-pressure pressed with adhesive to produce solid planks.
How it looks
This unique type of bamboo flooring naturally has a distinctive pattern. You will find that each plank has rough-edged stripes, like that of a zebra, made up of light and dark browns. In a way, it resembles oak flooring, which has a similar yet smaller pattern with less contrast. If you prefer a more subtle look, strand-woven bamboo flooring has other blend options that will create a pattern more like oak.
Strand-woven bamboo is the densest type of bamboo flooring available. If you are concerned about damage to your home flooring due to high foot traffic, young children or pets, this is a great option that will resist scratches and dents. It can also be installed in a variety of ways including the floating floor method, nailing, or gluing to the foundation. This makes it a viable option for any budget. Lastly, strand-woven bamboo is even more eco-friendly than other types of bamboo flooring. Typically when planks are cut for standard bamboo flooring, there are smaller pieces left that will be thrown away since they are too small to use. Stand-woven bamboo planks use every single piece of moso, leaving behind no waste at all.