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What are the pros and cons of bamboo flooring?

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Bamboo flooring is durable, sustainable and easy to clean, but its contemporary look doesn't fit into all decorating schemes, it's is easy to dent and some products contain volatile organic compounds. While bamboo matures in seven years, some bamboo growers remove forests to make room for bamboo.

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What are the pros and cons of bamboo flooring?
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Good quality bamboo offers the durability of hardwood with greater resistance to water. Unlike hardwood floors that often warp if they become wet, owners can damp mop bamboo occasionally. However, manufacturers heat bamboo to create darker colors through carbonization. This process makes dark bamboo less durable than the lighter colors.

Bamboo flooring works in a contemporary home, but in an older home, its modern look is sometimes out of place. The natural product allows some homeowners to express their individuality. It offers the same lifespan as hardwood at approximately $5 to $8 per square foot before installation costs, which is the same or less than hardwood as of 2015.

The process of making bamboo flooring involves cutting canes into strips and gluing them together into boards. Some manufacturers use glues containing formaldehyde or other volatile organic compounds. After installing the flooring in the home, these gases continue to evaporate into the air. However, Forest Stewardship Council certified flooring is less likely to cause off-gassing problems.

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