If you’ve been shopping for bamboo flooring, you may have noticed that there is a wide range of prices while the product looks somewhat the same.
Why is this?
It stands to reason that a product being sold for $1.59 won’t be the same quality as one that’s being sold for $7.99. While some stores may charge different prices to compensate for customer service, it doesn’t explain wide variances. In most cases, this comes down to the quality of the bamboo flooring.
Some companies, usually the ones that manufacture bamboo flooring at the lowest prices, harvest bamboo before maturity. That damages the plant and prevents it from regenerating.
Younger bamboo also isn’t as strong as the mature plant. Because it’s harvested when it’s smaller and less sturdy, that equates to not being as viable as a flooring option. It won’t stand up as well to the daily use throughout your home.
The type of flooring adhesive during the manufacturing process is also affected by price. Higher quality bamboo flooring choices are made with eco-friendly glues that contain little to no formaldehyde. Lower quality bamboo flooring often contains higher amounts of formaldehyde, which make them higher health hazards. Just like the adhesive, the top layer finish can also contain chemicals that are anything but health-friendly. Higher quality bamboo will contain little to no VOCs, a known carcinogen and health hazard.
Want an easy way to compare quality? Look to the warranty. While many bamboo floor manufacturers claim they have long term warranty, you’d be surprised at the number of things not covered. Ask your local flooring representative about the service level from the manufacturer should you have a problem with the flooring. Trust your gut; if it doesn’t sound right before you buy, you’re more likely to have problems after you install.
Bamboo is one of the most beautiful choices you can make for installing in your home.
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