Have a Big Dog? 3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Strand Woven Bamboo

5 06 2012

Is Fido making your flooring decision for you?  We love our pets, they’re part of our family, but don’t let them make the final decision when it comes to choosing your floor.  You’re the human, so go, be a good boy and go buy those new floors you always wanted!  Now sit, good human…

Okay, seriously.  Here is a little known fact.  One of the best flooring options for your home with large dogs is bamboo.  Strand woven bamboo to be exact.  It’s becoming more and more popular among homeowners with large dogs, and here’s why:

REASON #1- It’s Hard

Even harder than some of the more expensive exotic hardwoods like santos mahogany flooring.  Therefore, it is durable when put to the test of your 150 pound dog’s nails.  Although it can be scratched, it will withstand a lot of punishment before doing so because of its density.

REASON #2- It’s Inexpensive

Considering its durability and look is comparable to high end exotic hardwoods, and the many options offered, strand woven bamboo flooring is relatively inexpensive.  You can get quality strand woven flooring product for under $5 per sq. ft. Whereas Exotic hardwoods can costs upward of $6-$9 per sq. ft.

REASON #3- Variety

Strand woven bamboo comes in many different color varieties and plank sizes.  Not only can it be carbonized, but it can also be stained to match virtually any color. From deep reds, to sand-colored tones, to deep browns & more- the possibilities for bamboo are endless. Don’t be fooled thinking it only comes in the natural and carbonized color varieties.

Don’t fall into the trap of buying some cheap laminate because you are afraid your dog(s) are going to destroy any nicer option.  Of course there are a few options out there that are durable enough to withstand large dogs, but strand woven bamboo is a wonderful choice.  It’s unique, fun, relatively inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly.  Be sure to consider it as an option for your next floor.


6 Common Misconceptions of Bamboo Flooring

3 04 2012

Choosing the right flooring can be one of the biggest decisions we have to make when it comes to our homes.  Flooring isn’t something we can change every few years, like we would décor. (Well we could change it, but who has the time or the money!) Rather, flooring is a permanent extension of your home’s style, so you want to make sure you choose the right option from the onset. While Bamboo is one of the most stylish and versatile flooring options on the market today, there are quite a few misconceptions out there about this intriguing plant which I’ll clear up with this post. (Hint:  It’s much more than just panda food!)

It’s Softer Than Wood!

This is perhaps the number one misconception about bamboo and it couldn’t be more wrong.  The Janka Scale is the most widely used barometer to measure hardwood hardness ratings.  According to the Janka Scale, most types of bamboo are more durable than oak flooring, making bamboo more scratch and dent-resistant.  In fact, some bamboo variations (such as Strand Woven Bamboo) rank higher than many exotic wood flooring options, such as Brazilian Maple and Royal Mahogany.

It’s Not Going to Last!

Any floor will deteriorate if you don’t take the necessary steps to keep it protected. When properly maintained according to the manufacturers specifications, Bamboo can last for more than 100 years. In short, it’s just as durable as any other wood flooring product out there.

It’s Too Expensive!

It’s actually the exact opposite! Bamboo is traditionally cheaper than wood because of its renewability.  While the lifecycle of a fully grown bamboo is 4-5 years; wood can take over 100 years to fully mature depending on the species.  Therefore, you’ll often see top quality bamboo flooring at lower prices than similarly durable domestic and exotic hardwoods.

It Only Comes in Certain Colors!

You’ve guessed it… false!  Bamboo has grown in popularity over the years and most manufacturers have stayed with the times, producing bamboo variations in many different color tones.  Bamboo is offered in just about any shade in which wood is offered these days. In addition, if you are a do-it-yourselfer you can select an unfinished product and stain it any color you desire.  Be creative and start a new trend!

It’s Hard to Cut and Makes a Mess!

For some reason this has been a rumor about bamboo for a long time.  Bamboo is much easier to manage than wood and doesn’t leave as much sawdust.  Bamboo is cleaner to work with than wood and easier to cut.  Therefore, if your floor design involves making complicated cuts, consider going with bamboo flooring rather than traditional products.

It’s Cooler to Have Wood!

Is it cool to have the same floors as your grandma?  I think not! Some of today’s biggest celebrities have bamboo flooring including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. (And I’m sure they have the best architects, designers, and contractors money can buy!)

Choosing flooring for your home is a big decision, so make sure you understand the truth about your flooring before you make a decision.  Hopefully this post was able to dispel some of the common misconceptions out there about bamboo flooring.  After all, if 3 out of 3 Pandas choose bamboo over wood, why wouldn’t you?