Bamboo and Cork Flooring
Hardwood flooring continues to be popular in homes because of its natural style. No other flooring option, including luxury vinyl flooring and laminate, can perfectly replicate wood's natural beauty. As such, hardwood can add value to any home.
Did you know that hardwood isn't the only natural wood flooring option available? In addition to hardwood, you can choose bamboo and cork flooring.
What's most noteworthy about bamboo flooring is its appearance. Compared to hardwood, bamboo tends to have a blonde hue, and it also has distinct patterns of dark bands. These bands, which are naturally-occurring, provide bamboo flooring with a truly unique look. So, bamboo flooring is definitely more visually-striking than traditional hardwood.
In addition, bamboo flooring is harder than harder, so the surface is more resistant to scratches and scuffs. When finished and treated, bamboo flooring can actually stand up in high traffic settings. Moreover, bamboo planks are more dimensionally stable than hardwood planks, so they are less likely to expand and contract when exposed to moisture. This doesn't mean that bamboo is waterproof or even water resistant; but, it is better-suited for moisture and humidity than hardwood.
While bamboo is harder than hardwood, cork flooring is softer. Cork has a rather flexible construction, so it is considered resilient as a flooring option. It is softer and warmer underfoot than hardwood and bamboo, and it can handle drops and other impacts. In fact, some surface dents will naturally recover.
Compared to hardwood and bamboo, cork has a more natural appearance. It is great for homes with traditional or rustic designs. Also, cork has a porous surface, but it can be sealed and finished.
Cork flooring is considered the most eco-friendly wood flooring option because it is made from only the bark of the cork oak tree.
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