Anyone who has put flooring in their home knows that the material, style, and color that you choose for your floors will ultimately define the room in which it is placed. Flooring can pull together a particular style, give a room a neutral palette on which to expand, and transform an entire space. Subsequently, choosing flooring can be a difficult decision with a variety of elements contributing to the choice. But for those who are interested in create a unique and dynamic space – at an affordable price – bamboo flooring may be just the material you should consider.
The benefits of bamboo flooring are various and extend beyond its textural appeal and unique aesthetics. Bamboo itself is a durable, inexpensive material that will hold up in any type of situation. The origins of bamboo stem from Southeast Asia where it grows as a variation of grass. After being planted, the bamboo plant must grow for approximately five years until it reaches a full and mature state – after which it is harvested. The popularity of bamboo flooring has expanded the business of bamboo and crops are harvested on a daily basis in order to keep pace with the demand. The environmental benefits of bamboo include its ability to regenerate itself after harvesting.
Once harvested, the bamboo that is made into bamboo flooring is treated for any insects and exposed to a variety of strengthening treatments to increase its durability after which it is manufactured into the bamboo flooring that has continued to grow in popularity in homes everywhere.
Bamboo flooring has the warmth of wood flooring without the expense associated with laying down wood floors. Because bamboo is relatively accessible and imported freely, the material itself is inexpensive and the largest price point of bamboo flooring is often the installation. But within the confines of bamboo flooring there are different ranges of color and quality. If you choose from the higher priced end of the flooring you are likely to enjoy a floor that will last you many, many years to come.
Like any other flooring, extensive research and commitment to shopping around will find you the highest quality material for the best price. Work with retailers whom you trust and take advantage of the Internet to conduct preliminary price comparisons. Once armed with prices you can determine what quality and color works best within your room and the overall décor of your home.