Bamboo and cork flooring are made from renewable resources and can add a unique touch to your home. Both are a great alternative to hardwood and even work in areas of the house with high levels of moisture like the laundry or bathroom. Bamboo prices are comparable to hardwood, and there are several varieties of colors to pick from as well.
But how do bamboo and cork compare to each other? Both are great flooring options with their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. The experts at Floor Coverings International® of Chesterfield share their knowledge so that you can make an informed decision!
What is Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo plants are hard, hollow stems that are split apart and glued together to create solid strips of wood. This helps to create a beautiful texture and can be made with a horizontal or vertical grain.
Pros of Bamboo
- Eco friendly: Bamboo grows abundantly and very fast, and it can be harvested after about five years.
- Easy maintenance: It is easy to clean and resistant to stains.
- Less expensive: While it isn’t a huge difference, bamboo is slightly cheaper than cork.
- Can be refinished: Like hardwood, bamboo can be sanded down and refinished a few times to fix scratches and general wear and tear.
- Easy installation.
- Relatively durable and moisture-resistant.
Cons of Bamboo
- Dents under heavy pressure.
- Noisier: Due to bamboo’s harder surface, there will be some sound and echoing as people walk across the floors.
- It can only be sanded and refinished a few times.
What is Cork Flooring?
Cork is not just used for chalkboards and wine bottles but also as a beautiful alternative to the regular hardwood floor. The leftover bark that is stripped from cork oak trees and used to make wine corks is ground up and compressed with an adhesive to make flooring. There are several textures and patterns to choose from, and it is available in panels or tiles.
Pros of Cork
- Quieter: The soft surface absorbs sound and is very comfortable to walk on.
- Durable: Cork flooring will bounce back to its original shape if it is dinged.
- Cork is a great insulator.
- Fire resistant.
Cons of Cork
- Susceptible to scratches: Because it is a soft surface it is easier to scratch.
- Cannot be refinished: Unlike bamboo, cork cannot be sanded and is very difficult to repair if damaged.
- More expensive: Cork is slightly more expensive than bamboo.
- Difficult to install.
Now that you have read over the differences between cork and bamboo, it’s time to make a decision! Give the floor professionals at Floor Coverings International® of Chesterfield a call to schedule your in-home consultation today.
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