Bamboo flooring has different styles and colors. They are categorized as natural and carbonized color
what is the advantage and disadvantage of natural and carbonized?
NATURAL BAMBOO FLOORING:
1 STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
Bamboo is as strong as hardwood floors. Depending on what part of the plant the floor is harvested from, it can be stronger than maple and oak. It's strength makes it durable and dent-resistant. It's strength does not make it heavy, though. Bamboo is lightweight and won't shrink as long as it's allowed to acclimatize to the home for about one week, just like other hardwood floors. As long as it's been allowed to mature for at least six years, it will be a good alternative product to hardwood.
2 APPEALING LOOK,VERSATILITY AND EASY MAINTENANCE
Bamboo flooring beats out other hardwoods on moisture resistance, making it a smart choice for kitchens and bathrooms. It also works well in these rooms because of how it maintains its look under high traffic. It's pleasing to they eye and complements Asian and contemporary designs. It's available in a flat or vertical grain, both of which are easily cleaned with a broom and mop.
3 ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY
The Earth is becoming depleted of hardwood, so the fact that bamboo is grown and cultivated quickly makes it an eco-friendly choice. Some producers of bamboo adhere to a code of ethics regarding how the flooring is produced, who makes it, what kinds of chemicals are used and how much energy is spent during production.
4 LOW PRICE
While prices vary based on the manufacturer and staining options, the Bamboo Flooring Directory explains that bamboo is typically “less expensive than hardwood.” At Lowes or Home Depot, bamboo flooring runs about $100 for every 20 to 25 square feet.
5 EASY INSTALLATION
Though it is an exotic plant, bamboo is not confined to expensive flooring companies. The prefabricated bamboo at megastores like Lowes and Home Depot is easy to install.
6 PLEASING AESTHETIC
Bamboo is naturally much lighter than traditional hardwood flooring, allowing for bright, lively spaces. Additionally, this natural lightness allows bamboo for many possible staining options when desired.
1 QUESTIONABLE MANUFACTURERS
Bamboo flooring's environmentally friendliness may be canceled by the way it's produced. There are no strict guidelines on use of chemicals or energy for the manufacturing of the flooring in some places it's made. Also, the labor laws are loose in some of the Asian countries that produce bamboo flooring. U.S. sellers are reacting to this issue by being more selective about where their floors come from. Your seller should be able to tell you whether it was harvested from a plantation, if there is formaldehyde in the wood, and if the finish is water-based. The Forest Stewardship Council maintains a searchable database on its website that allows consumers to find information about which products are produced ethically.
2 LIMITED COLOR CHOICE
Bamboo flooring is only available in a light honey or amber color unless its carbonized. The carbonizing process makes it 20% softer than hardwood. One way around this problem is buying the flooring unfinished and staining it at home.
CARBONIZED BAMBOO FLOORING:
Carbonized bamboo allows homeowners to customize the flooring to match their decor and the wood in their homes. It is much more versatile than hardwoods, which can be darkened only with layers of stain. Because the carbonized bamboo is not stained, it uses no dangerous chemicals and the color lasts longer than stains on other woods.
The carbonization process comes with a price. Carbonized bamboo is not as strong as normal bamboo, which is softer than most hardwoods in the first place. Carbonized flooring will dent and scratch more easily than bamboo that is not carbonized. This can lower the lifespan of the flooring and increase repair costs. Strand woven bamboo will be stronger than other carbonized versions.