Only Five Odd Years Ago, Bamboo Flooring Was As Foreign To Me As Flying Into Outer Space. Well, Just Like Bill Shatner, I Now Know That Sometimes, Imagination Plus Determination = Reality.
Completely by accident, Bamboo flooring and indeed Bamboo per se came to my attention as a result of stubbing my toe on a raised hardwood floorboard. Fast forward to 2019 and I’m sharing an ale or two with my neighbour (a carpet layer) and pontificating on the pros and cons of Bamboo flooring vs carpet. Very long story short, he informed me that the retailer for whom he plied his trade was considering the cessation of that establishment dealing in the product. My curious nature demanded further insight into this peculiar, pending end to what I believed was a perfectly good solution to my flooring needs.
Ït shrinks in Tassie’s dry climate” came the unexpected retort and despite the convivial exchange lasting some extended period, Ally & I were coherent enough the next day to order a new carpet floor!
Due diligence is something we practice – well………diligently – yet our reliable and generally ‘non salesy’ neighbour may well have pulled a swifty on us. You see, just fifteen minutes prior to writing this article, diligent me spoke with a most affable Mark of Tasmanian Floor Surfacing Co https://www.floorsandingtas.net/ whose business has been operating in Tasmania for 72years. I’m more than happy to give him a shout out as I not only enjoyed our conversation, he informed me that he “had NEVER, EVER had a problem with Bamboo flooring”, with which he had been dealing for some fifteen years!
In the interest of fairness, I checked with the company for whom my former neighbour lay carpets and guess what……….they still sell and recommend Bamboo flooring. According to Mark (and it makes perfect sense), any solid timber flooring exposed directly to say a wood heater or heat pump will naturally contract and that’s why they are sealed and resealed over time.
So, it seems I have a bone to pick with my former neighbour and I’m very pleased to say that my (somewhat overdue) – due diligence, has me lining up for my next floor renewal – BAMBOO!
If you were contemplating the same, I trust the following article gives you some insight and food for thought.
When choosing bamboo flooring, it is essential to understand the different types of bamboo and their characteristics. Features such as color, texture, and pattern can make a big difference to the appearance of a floor. Bamboo also has various advantages and disadvantages, as well as suitable locations for its installation.
This gallery shows bamboo flooring installed in a variety of environments and different styles of interior design.
1. Bamboo Floor In An Open Kitchen
Bamboo has many natural wood characteristics, which means that it fits in perfectly with other hardwood items such as cabinets. The bamboo flooring in this kitchen is paired with golden oak hardwoods for a warm, rustic palette, accented by grey granite countertops and a stainless steel bar.
2. Bamboo Flooring And Walls
Bamboo can be installed above the floor, as walls, cabinets, and shelves. This indoor pond house is designed to look like an extension of the outdoors. The elegant envelope features matching bamboo flooring and cabinets with contrasting black countertops.
3. Non Carbonized Bamboo In The Kitchen
bamboo flooring Store Bamboo undergoes a process of steaming or smoking to obtain an amber hue, which is called carbonization. When bamboo is not carbonized, it retains its natural straw color, as shown in the flooring above.
Carbonization also makes the bamboo slightly softer and more expensive. The soft color of the bamboo flooring in this kitchen matches the softness of the white cabinets.
4. Horizontal Bamboo Planks With Knuckles
The texture of the Horizontal bamboo flooring shows the nodes of the plant. The nodes are the places where the stalks of the bamboo gather as they grow taller. This is a look usually associated with bamboo flooring. Horizontal bamboo flooring has a less uniform, more natural, and distinctive look.
5. Vertical Bamboo Planks Without Knuckles
As shown in the picture, vertical bamboo flooring is created by standing hundreds of strips of bamboo material side by side and laminating them together. These planks do not show the natural knots of the bamboo plant. Instead, the planks look more like straight bamboo stacked on top of each other, giving the floor a clean, uniform appearance.
6. Bamboo Flooring In A Traditional Living Room
The bamboo flooring looks versatile and suits any interior, even traditional interiors like the one shown above. The trick is to keep the bamboo flooring on the darker side to best mimic traditional hardwood flooring so that it blends well with the other wood tones in the room.
7. Bamboo Flooring In A Contemporary Space
Bamboo flooring keeps this open, modern space light and bright, even with contrasting carpet. The light, natural bamboo flooring complements the modern furniture.
8. Bamboo Flooring In A Hallway
The strength and durability of bamboo make it an ideal material for steps and stairs. Bamboo withstands the pressure of pets’ paws and heavy steps very well. The bamboo staircase here connects two rooms on the same floor. Always choose the highest quality bamboo for steps and stairs.
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