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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On Choosing a Hardwood Floor

Are y’all tired of hearing me talk about home projects yet? Well, good, I’m glad you’re not! Thank you for the support! HA!

When we purchased our home, the main areas (kitchen, dining room, foyer, living room and hall) plus the bathrooms, were all tile. All four of our bedrooms, however, are covered in laminate wood flooring. It’s decent-looking. But all four of them are DIFFERENT FINISHES. 

It’s enough to drive an OCD person like myself just plain NUTS!

So it’s been on the list from the beginning to replace all the tile (because I despise grout) with hardwood, and go ahead and carry that into a couple or all four of the bedrooms. I don’t mind a bit of difference here and there…I just don’t think there’s any need for 6 different types of flooring in one house. (Which is what we have, if you count the carpets in the closets, ha!)

I mean, look at this…

Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?! I dream of something like this all throughout our home!

So when Tate Handy contacted me with another fabulous infographic on hardwood flooring…um, YES, I needed it, and I figured you all would love to see it, too! Here’s what Tate had to say…

Choosing the right type of hardwood is essential to your next project. After all, you don’t want to build a porch swing with wood that can’t withstand the elements, and you don’t want a kitchen table that takes on food stains. Here’s what you need to know in order to choose the right wood for your next project.

For a durable, inexpensive wood, hickory is your best bet. Hickory is perfect if your project will take a beating; it’s used in tools, ladders, and even hockey sticks. Maple has been traditionally used in American colonial furniture, and it comes in two varieties: hard maple and soft maple. Hard maple pairs well with a natural finish, while soft maple takes stain well and shines with medium to dark brown finishes.

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