Bamboo flooring has been growing in popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood. While these two floors may share a similar look and feel, there are many qualities that set them apart. Here at Floor Coverings International Southlake, we believe both of these choices could be a great addition to any home. Knowing the differences between these two could help you decide which floor is best for your Southlake home.
One of the biggest differences between bamboo and hardwood is their origin. Hardwood floors can be harvested from a variety of tree species around the world. Bamboo, on the other hand, is actually a grass and is commonly harvested in China. As a grass, bamboo is fast growing and is a more readily renewable resource than wood. This makes it a preferred choice for homeowners looking to go eco-friendly.
Hardwood can be made from a variety of tree species. This allows a homeowner to choose any variety of colors or graining for their hardwood floors. Bamboo does not have this same variety and naturally only comes as a light blonde color, although it can be stained to achieve other colors and shades. Furthermore, bamboo graining tends to be linear, and its planks are dotted with the characteristic bamboo knuckles.
The tree species of a hardwood floor also determines its density. The common red oak scores a 1,290 on the Janka hardness scale, but some wood floors can range upwards of 3,000. This gives the homeowner many density options when selecting a hardwood floor. Bamboo, on the other hand, only comes in a few different density ratings depending on how it is manufactured. Natural bamboo scores 1,380 on the Janka scale, while carbonized bamboo scores 1,180, and stranded bamboo scores an incredible 2,789.
Hardwood floors take the cake when it comes to longevity. They can be sanded and refinished multiple times to ensure they last a lifetime. Bamboo tends to have a lifespan of 10-30 years, which is offset by the fact that it tends to be more affordable than hardwood.
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Both bamboo and hardwood floors can be beautiful additions to your Southlake home. Contact Floor Coverings International Southlake to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We proudly serve the greater Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Grapevine areas.
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