Bamboo and hardwood flooring are both popular choices for homeowners. Both offer many benefits, yet each has a unique style and texture of its own. A person’s budget and their personal preference are normally the key factors used when making a decision between the two.
The quality of the product is the main factor when it comes to durability. Bamboo floors can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years, with proper care and maintenance that number can be increased to up to 50 years. Bamboo floors are manufactured with bamboo and special adhesives. While bamboo floors can be easily damaged— especially by high levels of humidity—for the most part, bamboo is water resistant if the spill is cleaned up immediately. This type of flooring is easy to restore and can be used in most areas of the home without fear of it being damaged.
With proper care hardwood floors can last for decades. The environment where the flooring will be used and how well it is maintained are the two determining factors when it comes to longevity. The planks used for hardwood floors are made from timber and are natural wood that must be properly stained and sealed. Hardwoods are prone to water damage, but are easily restored. Hardwoods can be used in any area of the home as long as the wood is properly sealed to keep out moisture.
Because both offer substantial benefits, many people who are on a budget often lean towards bamboo because of the price difference. When it comes to hardwood flooring, the harder the wood the more expensive it is. Thus bamboo is more cost effective, and in some cases, easier to care for. Additionally, the quality of repelling moisture and mold growth makes bamboo flooring compete with the expensive hardwood flooring.