The use of bamboo flooring has increased in the past several years, but homeowners have repeatedly questioned its durability. Angie Hicks, the owner and operator of Angie's List, recently spoke to the quality of bamboo floors.
Hicks noted that the flooring has grown in popularity in recent years, as more and more consumers are looking to purchase products that are green and have sustainable qualities. This change may mirror the move to radiant heaters from more conventional systems, as these products are much less detrimental to the environment.
According to the article from Angie's List, the homeowner should try to find bamboo flooring products that are made of an aged wood instead of younger stock, as the durability of bamboo increases with age.
Angie explained that homeowners should look for bamboo that grew at least five years before it was harvested, as this product will likely retain its luster and hardness compared with a floor that is made of younger stock.
The consumer report expert also noted that the specific type of bamboo flooring can add to its value, as carbonized products will likely retain their rich amber color for longer periods.
Homeowners should consider installing a radiant heating system as part of a subfloor under this type of flooring (repetition?), as this product will help to add to the sustainable nature of the bamboo.
A subfloor radiant heating system can be installed under any type of flooring, unlike a concrete slab system that requires the use of certain products. Along with being able to use different surface types for a floor, it helps to provide a more efficient and evenly distributed heat to the entire house.