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9 questions you would like to ask about bamboo flooring

1. Is bamboo flooring strong?
Absolutely! bamboo flooring is durable and long lasting. When done vertically or horizontally it is right on par with oak flooring when it comes to strength. In the case that you would want something stronger than bamboo flooring you should look at strand woven bamboo flooring. This material based on the process involved with the flooring installation is twice as hard as oak flooring, making it one of the strongest natural flooring options on the market.

2. How is bamboo flooring made?
The way horizontal and vertical bamboo flooring are made is with strips of bamboo. The exterior layer is removed and after that the raw bamboo is sliced into thin strips. Once this is complete the strips are glued together to make the planks of the flooring. Then the fitted system is implemented and the planks from the flooring are coated using layers of lacquer for surface protection.
The process is different for hand woven bamboo flooring. This process takes the exterior layer of bamboo and removes it. Afterwards the raw bamboo is cut into strands of fiber. Once this is complete they are woven together and made into plank shapes. Then again the fitting system is implemented and the planks are coated in lacquer for surface protection.

3. Can I use bamboo flooring in commercial properties?
Of course! It is possible to use bamboo flooring in commercial properties as well. This product is durable and long laying  which makes them ideal for commercial properties or buildings. Take a look at our many options of bamboo flooring that work best for commercial usage.

4. Can I use underfloor heating with a bamboo floor?
You definitely can! Any bamboo options you choose from our selection are approved to be implemented with underfloor heating systems. Our selection includes many colors and styles. We also have a parquet block bamboo which is becoming more and more popular in its own right.

5. Can I have a bamboo floor in my kitchen?
You absolutely can have a bamboo floor in your kitchen. You do want to clean up spills as soon as they happen though, because even though bamboo is resilient it can still be stained. Also avoid fitting bamboo flooring under any kitchen cabinets.

6. Can I have bamboo flooring in my conservatory?
Yes, bamboo flooring works great for conservatory flooring and rooms with large amounts of glazing. Our bamboo flooring options are dimensionally stable meaning they are able to withstand continuous fluctuations in temperature and humidity within the room.

7. Can I have a bamboo floor in my bathroom?
The bathroom is one room that we do not recommend having bamboo flooring in because even though it does have water resistant aspects, it is not considered waterproof and your bathroom is one room where without a doubt at one time or another there will be water on the floor.

8. Do I need to acclimate my bamboo flooring?
Yes, acclimating your bamboo flooring to its new environment is very important to do before your installation process takes place. You want to place your bamboo flooring in the same room where you will eventually install it for at least 48 hours beforehand. Also make sure the rooms are completely dry and the bamboo should be kept in its original packaging.

9. How do I look after my bamboo floor?
Taking care of your bamboo floor is a simple process. First you want to make sure that you sweep your area every day to get rid of any dust or dirt. Felt protector pads are vital to protecting your floor from getting dents and scratches on it. Don’t ever walk on this floor using outdoor footwear and clean any spills up immediately if they take place on your bamboo floor.

For more information about our different flooring options, call us today and our hardwood flooring Chicago contractors will be more than willing to answer any question you have regarding bamboo flooring.