Do you like natural shades? Want to make your home cooler by using natural materials? You can choose bamboo for your house floor. Although not too popular, bamboo flooring looks strong and resembles hardwood floors. In addition to its beautiful and natural look, bamboo can make a room more exotic.
Not only it can provide benefits for you. In cost matter, bamboo for house floors is also cheaper than hard wood. Well, before you choose, there are several types of bamboo flooring that you should know. Each type of bamboo has its own advantages and disadvantages.
As previously mentioned, bamboo flooring has modern, clean, elegant and unique look. In addition, the floor made of bamboo will make the room feel warmer, comfortable, and natural. One of the advantages of bamboo is that it is available in a variety of styles and colors. Floors made of bamboo are also distinguished based on the process: artificial, natural and molded. Each of these processes produces different forms, structures, and advantages.
Floors made by natural processes use molded and pressed bamboo to form a solid sheet. This process produces a natural pattern of the bamboo surface, so it look more oriental. Natural floors are easier to sand and polish to keep their look from bending. However, it has the lowest durability compared to other types because it does not undergo processing and additional coatings. For this reason, avoid using this type in area that exposure to water, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Another type is artificial bamboo flooring. This type is artificial because it is made of various materials. This floor is composed of several layers, they are color coating and durability coat, bamboo layer, spruce starch, plywood, and poplar backing. This floor type is very similar to natural bamboo although only the top part is made of bamboo. This type has a fairly high resistance to water, easy to install, easy to maintain, and durable. However, this type cannot refinished because of the bamboo layer on top. If the top layer is damaged, it must be replaced with a new one. You can use this type of floor in various areas of the house, including the kitchen or bathroom. It’s just that you have to be careful in care.
Next is the bamboo floor with molded process. This type is called molded because of the production process. Before becoming a floor, bamboo is boiled with boric acid until it becomes a kind of wood pulp. This bamboo pulp is then mixed with adhesive and molded into the floor. This process makes it look similar to regular hardwood floor. This type is classified as harder so that it has good durability. It allows this type to be re-polished. However, it contains more harmful chemicals and feared to contain VOCs, substances that harmful to health. It also doesn’t look like bamboo. Molded flooring can be used in bedrooms, living rooms, or hallways. Avoid using it in the kitchen or even the bathroom.
Bamboo is a fast growing plant. Therefore, bamboo is considered to be more environmentally friendly than other wood. This is because wood takes years to grow.
Are you more interested in using bamboo flooring? By choosing high-quality bamboo floor, it can be more durable than hardwood types. Its beautiful, natural, and unique look will make your family more homey and comfortable. But remember, make sure you choose the type of floor that is safe for your family’s health and does not contain various harmful chemicals.