The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

I’m a little bit obsessed with wood flooring.

The majority of our last home was filled with white ceramic tile. Our plan was to get rid of that and put down wood throughout, but we never got around to doing it before we moved to the current house.

In the current house, the majority of our home is filled with carpet. Now, granted, it’s brand new carpet. But it’s carpet nonetheless. The reason for that is, when we moved into this house, we had 2 8-month-old crawling babies. And right now we have 2 13-month-old toddling babies. And ceramic tile floors are SUPER HARD.

Eventually, once we’re done with the toddling, we WILL put down wood flooring throughout this house! But for now, I keep researching and looking at all types, so when it’s time, I’ll know exactly what I want. 

So when Suzanne from Discount Flooring Depot floated me a post on bamboo flooring (full of research that I didn’t have to do on my own) I was all about it! I know you’ll think so, too! 

In recent years, bamboo flooring has become more popular in the UK because although it’s actually a type of grass, the woody stem of the bamboo plant is as durable as many hardwoods. It’s also a cheaper option for many people, so if you’re looking to change your flooring, head on over to discountflooringdepot.co.uk to look at the options for bamboo flooring and underlays.

The advantages of bamboo

Bamboo is ecologically friendly

Bamboo is very renewable – it takes just five or six years for a bamboo plant to mature and once it’s been harvested, the stump stays in the ground, where it regenerates. Compare this to the 20 or 30 years for the average hardwood tree – and the stump doesn’t grow back.

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The Benefits of Polished Concrete Flooring

Some time ago, before we moved into our home, there was a bit of water damage in our Master Bedroom. We’ve now been in the house for 3 years, and have never seen any kind of leak or seepage anywhere in the house, so I’m not sure where the issue was to start out with. But I know it affected one particular board of the wood flooring in that room. Yeah, we saw it when we bought the house, but we didn’t think it was that big of a deal.

Today, that one messed up board has off-set the rest of the flooring in our Master Bedroom. Everything has shifted a bit over the past three years, and what we didn’t think was that big of a deal now is a bit bigger, for sure. I threatened to my husband the other day that one day he would come home and find that I had just torn up the flooring in that room. He laughed…and then turned around to check and make sure that I was joking. Some days, I must admit, I think it would be much easier to do it and be done with it! And replace it with…some polished concrete!

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As a matter of fact, I haven’t ruled out polished concrete as a flooring option anywhere in our home. Yet. Because I like what it has to offer! So when James from  Midland Flooring contacted me about his infographic touting the benefits of polished concrete flooring, well – I didn’t NEED more fuel for my fire, but it was good stuff! See what you think!

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Creating a Child-Friendly Floor Space

Well, I’ve talked a lot about floors here on the blog. I guess it’s because I love all things home, and floors are a HUGE part of the home! But something I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned before here in my posts is that I used to work for a daycare.

Well…kinda.

The above-view portrait of a beautiful babysitter looking after cute kids

I worked for a daycare for 2 weeks over Christmas break when I was home for college. One of the teachers wanted a nice long Christmas break, and I needed the work, so I did what I had to do! Can I just say that I have TONS of respect for those who work with littles on a daily basis! It was a great learning experience, that’s for sure!

But a space like a daycare should be full of things for kids, right? Right! And to this day, I will never forget that old ugly rug that was in my classroom. It was dull. It was grody. It looked like it belonged in an adult daycare instead of a child’s daycare. I hated that thing from the first day I went inside, and I was glad I never had to see it again when I was done with the job!

So when Georgia from The Rug Seller contacted me about an infographic of child-friendly floor spaces, I was shocked at the memories it brought back! And once I looked at the image, I knew that these suggestions were exactly what kiddos need! Check it out…

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