Fort Collins Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo has been gaining popularity in recent years as a flooring material, and it's no wonder why. Bamboo is attractive, durable, and environmentally friendly. With all its benefits, Fort Collins bamboo flooring is now in second place only to hardwood floors.
One of the main reasons for this surge in demand for bamboo is the trendy blogs and home improvement shows that have brought it to the attention of residents and homeowners.
Another is the tremendous number of options that one has when it comes to bamboo flooring. Grain type, installation methods, profile type, texture, color, and finish are just some of the variables you have to choose from when it comes to bamboo as a medium for your home's floors.
Bamboo Flooring Grain Types
There are three main grain types when it comes to bamboo flooring, each with its own look and feel. In the end, none of them is better than any other. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
- Horizontal Grain — Generally speaking, this grain type will show off more of the natural growth rings and patterns in the bamboo.
- Vertical Grain — Also known as "side-pressed," this grain type will give a cleaner look with less overall bamboo patterning.
- Strand-Woven — Known and manufactured for its durability, strand-woven bamboo has less of the iconic bamboo patterning than either horizontal or vertical grain and looks much more like a hardwood floor.
In addition to the three grain types, there are two main profile types of bamboo flooring.
- Tongue and Groove — This is installed very much the same way as hardwood flooring. There is a male, convex side of each piece of bamboo and a slotted or grooved opposite side. This can be installed in a floating, glued, or nailed fashion.
- Click Fit — very much like it sounds, click fit snaps into place without any type of external fastener.
Bamboo Flooring Installation
When it comes time for installation, you have more options.
- Nail Down — often secured with brads rather than nails, which hold the flooring in place on the subfloor. Due to the density of most bamboo flooring, it is recommended that power tools are used for this method of installation.
- Glue Down — If power tools are not your thing, never fear. Glue will hold the bamboo flooring in place on the subfloor.
- Floating, Glueless click — this method of installation is the easiest of them all. There are no nails, glues, or other adhesives to worry about. Simply click one strip together with the next. Rinse and repeat.
- Smooth — this is the standard for bamboo flooring in terms of texture. It is machine-made and protected with a sealant on top.
- Hand-scraped — this gives the floor a distressed look, which many people find appealing on a rustic level. It is designed to give the appearance of being styled by a craftsman.
- Hand-sculpted — this is a texture similar to hand-scraped, with a bit less texture. It too is designed to give an older and more rustic look and feel
Fort Collins Bamboo Flooring Colors
There are five main color categories that you can choose from.
- Natural — lighter in color, with a blonde hue, this color type is the most popular due to its ability to compliment almost any decor
- Carbonized — a deeper, richer color profile, the name of this color type comes from the fact that the sugars of the bamboo are allowed to cook for a longer period of time. This is the softest color type of bamboo.
- Tiger — a combination of natural and carbonized color profiles, striped into a tiger's coat style of color combination
- Direct Print — this "color" category is really more of a type of synthetic style. A "print" of another type of wood, such as maple or oak, can be added to the top layer of the bamboo, thus making it look like hardwood
- Stained — available in a multitude of hues, a wood stain can be added to the bamboo creating a darker or lighter color profile
Fort Collins Bamboo Flooring Finish Options
- Distressed — this adds a texture to the flooring, making it appear a bit more rustic
- Matt lacquered — this type of finish adds strength to the top layer of the flooring without changing the underlying appearance of the bamboo
- Satin matt lacquered — this type of finish adds a sheen to the underlying bamboo while also strengthening the surface of the floor
- Unfinished — some people, especially those without pets and small children, prefer to leave their bamboo floors unfinished. This style is currently becoming more and more popular.
Bamboo Flooring Pros
- Very economical — because bamboo is actually a grass that regenerates itself, it is in great supply, which keeps its price low
- Hip and Trendy — Because it has such a wealth of options, it's easy to make bamboo flooring fit into almost any decor
- Environmentally Friendly — The bamboo plant regenerates itself, making it very easy on the environment
- Easy to maintain — All that is needed on a daily basis to maintain bamboo floors is a vacuum or broom with an occasional mopping
- Durable — Many people think that bamboo wears out quickly, but it does not. Strand-woven bamboo flooring is harder than hardwood floors and can last up to 50 years
- Able to be refinished — Much like solid hardwood floors, bamboo flooring is able to be sanded down and refinished, making it very adaptable to new styles and tastes
- Radiant heat compatible — A radiant heating element can be placed under bamboo flooring, which is a very popular choice for bathrooms
- Allergy friendly — Unlike carpeting, bamboo flooring does not give allergens the environment they need to survive, making this flooring type a great alternative for people with allergies
Bamboo Flooring Cons
- Water damage and high humidity — Fort Collins bamboo flooring takes on water very easily, so if you are installing it in an area that has frequent spills you will need to ensure they are cleaned up quickly
- Off-gassing — Low-end bamboo flooring can contain formaldehyde and produce off-gassing. Make sure you ask before you buy. You get what you pay for.