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Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets

When choosing a floor for your home you probably already know roughly what you are looking for.  There are many benefits of bamboo flooring and it has some great advantages over carpet.  Here are some things for you to think about when making your decision:

Cost of Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets

A good quality carpet could cost almost as much as a bamboo floor. Generally speaking, a bamboo floor would be more expensive than most carpets but you should remember that this is reflected in the quality and longevity of the floor. 

  

Maintenance of Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets

Bamboo floors are extremely easy to maintain.  Sweeping daily quickly removes any dust or dirt from the surface, keeping your floor looking fresh and new.  For more stubborn stains you can clean with a wooden floor cleaning spray and microfibre mop.  If spills are wiped away quickly then they will not damage or affect the bamboo floor in any way.  In contrast to this, carpets need regular vacuuming and cleaning with a heavy duty carpet cleaning machine to remove stains and odours.  Some stains can be very difficult to remove from carpets, especially if the carpet is light or pale in colour.

Bona wood floor spray mop Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop

 

Expected lifetime of Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets

Bamboo flooring can last for decades if looked after properly and carefully. It will inevitably encounter scratches, dents and scuff marks but these can be sanded out and refinished to revive its beauty.  It is very unlikely that the whole bamboo floor will need replacing due to damage.  The average lifespan of a carpet is around 5 to 10 years.  Carpets can become worn looking and damaged by stains and spills within years of installation.  Carpets can be very difficult to repair and it is often more costs effective to replace it.  Another issue with carpets is that they can go out of fashion as the trends and styles change, whereas bamboo flooring can have a timeless appeal.

 

Choice of colours, patterns and styleof Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets

Carpets are available in almost endless colours, patterns and styles.  This makes them easy to match up to your décor, and easy for you to find something you will love.  Bamboo flooring is available in limited colours and styles but there is still likely to be something that will suit your home.  From the traditional natural and carbonised bamboo colours through to greys and dark browns, and even rustic looking styles, the choice are continually growing.  Bamboo flooring is also available in parquet block if you are really looking for a standout style of floor.

 

 Eco-friendly of Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets

Bamboo flooring is extremely sustainable and eco-friendly.  It is probably one of the most environmentally friendly natural floor coverings around.  Bamboo is a fast growing self-generating grass, which is very sustainable.  Carpets are mainly produced using synthetic and artificial products which often contain harsh chemicals.

For more information on the sustainability of bamboo flooring have a look at the article: Environmental Benefits of Bamboo Flooring.

Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets for Allergy Sufferers

It is well known that carpets trap and harbour dust, mould, pet hair and dirt.  They provide the perfect living conditions for dust mites, and even a powerful vacuum cleaner cannot remove all these allergens.  Bamboo is a great choice for allergy sufferers.  They can easily and hygienically be cleaned and have nowhere for allergens to hide or thrive.

Have read of The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring for Allergy Sufferers, for more information.

 

Sound and heat properties of Bamboo Flooring Vs Carpets

Carpets are obviously softer and more comfortable to walk on than a bamboo floor.  They can be warmer too, although most types of bamboo flooring are compatible with underfloor heating systems.  You could even add a rug for extra warmth.

Chestnut Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring