Can I use bamboo flooring in the basement?

Bamboo is not recommended for below grade installation without using a special moisture barrier underlayment recommended by the manufacturer – check with the manufacturer for specific requirements.

Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Because bamboo is such a renewable resource, it is typically harvested from plantations where it is harvested in four to seven years and replanted. The wild habitats are not disturbed for commercial use of bamboo.

Even though bamboo is actually a grass that can be woven together and used for wood applications, it is a great alternative to hardwood flooring. It has a Janka Scale rating of 1642, which is above oak and maple and just under hickory. The scratch resistance is very high and its tensile strength rivals steel.

In conjunction with its green properties and plentiful/renewable supply, bamboo is quickly becoming one of the most popular types of residential as well as commercial flooring choice. The fact that bamboo performs well in humid and drier climates helps to promote its benefits on a wide scale basis. Many homeowners, business owners, and contractors are touting the strong points of utilizing this material.

Below is a list of bamboo flooring benefits:

  • Renewable and Plentiful Resource
  • Resins Can Easily Meet Stringent Environmental Standards
  • Termite Resistant
  • Moisture and Stain Resistant
  • Easier to Clean
  • Harder Than Most Hardwoods
  • Have an Expansion Rate That is Only About 50% of Hardwoods
  • Costs 10% to 50% Less Than Hardwood Flooring.
  • Can Be Installed Over Numerous Types of Sub-flooring Like Concrete - check with manufacturer for specific requirements

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