Strand Woven Bamboo vs. Hardwood Flooring
Today hardwood flooring is one of the most coveted flooring because of its beauty and endurance and the fact that it can be enjoyed for generations. However, hardwood flooring is an expensive commodity and sometimes it just might not be in our budget to be able to afford hardwood flooring. For this reason, we might consider other alternatives that offer the appearance of hardwood flooring at a much lower cost, such as laminate flooring, vinyl or ceramic tile flooring with a wood look. If you are in the market for flooring that imitates the look of hardwood, these flooring can be a good choice, but there is one that you may not have considered, that may be a better choice.
Strand woven bamboo is an eco-friendly flooring that is not actually wood, but a grass that grows very fast so that it replenishes itself rather quickly, reaching heights of over 100 feet in five to ten years. For this reason, it can be re-harvested in a short period of time, unlike hardwood, so there is an abundant supply. Since bamboo is a green flooring that is plentiful, it can cost significantly less than solid hardwood. However, it is not a cheap imitation, with a wood look. It has unique qualities, advantages over hardwood and is becoming very popular and widely used not only for residential use, but also for commercial use, since it is extremely durable and harder than hardwood. Strand woven bamboo flooring is even 4 times harder than red oak hardwood, which rates 1,290 on the Janka of Hardness Scale that rates the quality and hardness of hardwood. So, the harder the wood, the higher the rating. If strand woven bamboo can withstand the heavy foot traffic in commercial settings, like hotels, retail outlets and offices, just imagine how much wear and tear it can endure in your home. It is a perfect choice for kitchens, living rooms, dens and even basements.
Strand woven bamboo has a distinctive style that gives you a variety of options. It is available in natural, stained, or carbonized bamboo, providing a range of colors from light natural to darker tones like deep chocolate brown or rich jewel tones like burgundy. It is also offered in different construction types that create different looks. Horizontal bamboo has a natural rustic look, while vertical bamboo has a clean, contemporary look. Strand woven bamboo is also offered in wire brushed distressed or hand scraped finishes for the look of real hardwood with the toughness of bamboo. It can easily outperform hardwood. So, if you are looking for flooring that is beautiful, versatile and economical, then bamboo flooring is for you.
Strand woven bamboo flooring has the same installation methods as hardwood flooring. Depending on which construction type you choose, the brand, and the type of sub-floor you have, it may be glued down, nailed down or floated and may be placed over existing vinyl or wood floors. It is recommended for any room above grade, on grade or below grade, with the exception of wet areas, since constant exposure to moisture could ruin the flooring.
To sum it all up, for your convenience, here are some highlights of the advantages of strand woven bamboo flooring:
- Manufactured from Environmentally Friendly, FSC Certified Bamboo
- Offered in Natural, Stained or Carbonized Bamboo
- Available in Wire Brushed Distressed and Hand Scraped Finishes
- Offered in a Variety of Colors
- Available in 3 Different Construction Types
- Four Times Harder than Red Oak Hardwood
- Extremely Durable Polyurethane Finish infused with Aluminum Oxide
- Perfect Choice for Kitchen Installations
- Withstands High Traffic Areas
- Commercial Warranties offered for Higher Grades
- Can be Installed Above Grade, On Grade or Below Grade
Please browse our website to view our vast selection of cost-efficient hardwood flooring. Then scan through our large inventory of strand woven bamboo flooring that we offer with low, economical pricing. Compare the two and see which one is right for you. Either way, you can’t go wrong. We are sure that you will be pleased with any flooring that you choose, since we are proud to offer the highest quality, name brand flooring products from the top manufacturers at the lowest possible prices. If you need our advice or assistance, please contact one of our trained flooring experts at 1-877-966-3983
At Woodwudy Wholesale Flooring we are always glad to serve you.