There’s a lot of information out there that you need to process if you’re considering bamboo flooring. With so many important factors to take into account, it can be difficult to make a truly educated decision. To help with the process, here’s a list of the pros and cons of bamboo flooring:
- A rapid regrowth rate (reaching full maturity and hardness in about 7 years) gives bamboo a point in the eco-friendly department.
- It can be cheaper than more traditional hardwood flooring.
- Bamboo flooring comes in a variety of styles and colors.
- Irresponsible forestry practices (clear-cutting natural forests to make room for bamboo, unnecessary use of fertilizers and pesticides) make it environmentally unfriendly.
- Formaldehyde-based glues and finishes make bamboo flooring unhealthy for you and the environment.
- There is no enforcement of fair trade practices or quality control in China, where bamboo originates.
- Lots of energy must be expended to ship bamboo flooring overseas from China, another hit in the eco-friendly department.
- Premature harvesting (as early as 3 months) doesn’t allow the bamboo to properly harden, producing soft, non-durable floors.
- The darker variety of colors results from a special heat treatment that further softens the bamboo.
- Bamboo flooring cannot be refinished, so a dented, scratched, or otherwise damaged floor must be replaced, which drives up the cost.
So there you have it, the pros and cons of bamboo flooring. There are far more disadvantages than advantages, but the choice is ultimately yours.