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How To Shop For Bamboo Flooring

Feb 29, 2008
When buying bamboo flooring, there are some rules you should be aware of and followed to make sure your buying experience is a happy one.

Bamboo is such a versatile product that homeowners are discovering it's wonderful benefits in numbers and it presents an excellent flooring option to people who want to get away from traditional hardwood surfaces.

In fact, bamboo flooring is actually harder than most hardwood surfaces and in most cases, is less expensive. It can be installed using the exact same methods as traditional floors and requires no additional knowledge. Add to this, it's reputation as an environmentally-friendly product and it's hard to argue against it's benefits.

Buying Bamboo Flooring

When shopping, the same process needs to be followed when shopping for other types of hardwood. One important addition is you should allow for wastage such as mistakes and extra cuts and order up to 10% extra.

This is obviously going to cost you more but this can be offset through discounts retailers may be prepared to give for purchasing a certain amount. Even if you have your intended coverage area measured to the last square inch and know exactly the amount you require, chances are strong that accidents may still occur so the extra purchase is always great to have as a back up.

Besides, if you have purchased your product online then delays in laying the floor can be avoided if the extra product is there at your disposal.

More Buying Tips

Other considerations to be made include the length of your warranty and the style of grain you choose. Many manufacturers offer varying warranties but the 10 and 25 year models are common.

The difference between the two is simply the type of finish applied to it. If you don't intend to replace the surface in the immediate future then the 25 version is a good option.

The look of the floor, that is whether it has a vertical or horizontal appearance depends on how the bamboo flooring is put together. The wider flat side will give a horizontal appearance while a vertical appearance is achieved when the strips are put together turned on their side.

Where Can You Install Bamboo Floors?

Just about anywhere in your home except areas which are prone to get wet. For instance, it's not recommended it be laid in a bathroom or laundry. Even outside verandahs should be avoided. The problem with this natural surface in a wet area is it will be prone to warping if dampened. It's also a good idea to avoid cleaning the floor with a wet application on a regular basis.
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