Monday, August 3, 2009

Bamboo Flooring - Looking for a Dealer?

Bamboo Flooring has become a recent hot commodity in the flooring industry. With the recent push for Eco and Green Friendly products, Bamboo floors have started gaining ground on traditional Hardwood products.

Many view Bamboo as an environmentally friendly product because it can be harvested in 3-6 years. Once the product is harvested, it can then regenerate in the same spot with little to no fertilizer. in Dalton Ga (just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, an hour from Atlanta, and 2 hrs from Huntsville, Birmingham, Knoxville and Nashville!) has a great offering on Bamboo flooring. Do better understand Bamboo, you need a little information on the product's basic terms.

  1. Carbonized versus Non Carbonized - Non-Carbonized has a very light and natural look. If you want a "sweeter" more honey toned color you might want to consider a carbonized Bamboo. One side effect to note is that the process to Carbonize Bamboo softens the surface of the wood by about 10% so it will be slightly more susceptible to denting and scratching.

  2. Horizontal, Vertical, and Strand Woven - Horizontal and Vertical are basically the same structure but have a different grain look. Horizontal boards will have a joint spot sometimes called a "knuckle." Some consumers like this look. For those that don't, you need to look at a Vertical board design with a more traditional wood grain effect. Strand Woven Bamboo is a high end product that may cost you more than a exotic hardwood species. The bamboo for this product is sometimes harvested a little later than others and is also treated in the processing differently. By this change, it is a harder more dense wood like product. It is an excellent product but will be a significant investment versus regular horizontal or vertical boards. Also, the Strand Woven Bamboo has a slightly darker color like Carbonized boards but without the sacrifice of a softer surface.

  3. Engineered versus Solid - The jury seems out on this choice. Engineered can be installed over a concrete floor, whereas solid cannot. However, some schools of thought think solid Bamboo flooring is better because it may be a more hard, dense product and can give more years of refinishing. You can't go wrong with either, however if you want a more traditional style and a better chance to add value, go with solid (in hardwood flooring solid will usually add more value than engineered because it will typically have a much longer life span due to the many refinishes the floor can have).

If you're thinking about installing a Bamboo floor give us a call at in Dalton, GA. We will be more than glad to discuss your needs and ship you FREE samples! Of course, if you live in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Birmingham, Knoxville or Nashville, we would love for you to visit us! Call us @ 1-800-232-5537 for a great deal on Bamboo!

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