Bamboo Flooring Vs Termites
Jul 25, 2016
Bamboo Flooring Vs Termites
Bamboo flooring is a lovely and natural choice that creates the wood effect similar to that of traditional hardwood materials such as Red Oak, Mahogany, Cherry and Maple.
Not only is bamboo flooring durable and strong, but it also endures heavy foot traffic without being badly affected or damaged. Moreover, it takes the challenges of children, pets and heavy furniture in an excellent way. Bamboo flooring is created from bamboo plants which are commonly cultivated in different types of climate world wide. Bamboo is considered as one of the environmentally responsible materials because it has the amazing ability to replenish itself within 3-5 years of its harvest. Bamboo produces a greater biomass and helps in improvement of watersheds by removing toxins from contaminated water.
There are different types of bamboo flooring which can effectively coordinate with any interior dcor. It is available in a range of colors and can be unfinished or urethane finished. Bamboo flooring is available as planks or as laminated strips. Moreover, bamboo makes an ideal flooring choice for the moisture prone areas of your home such as bathroom, basement and kitchen because of its natural ability to resist moisture absorption. Bamboo flooring is not as susceptible to the daily changes in temperature and humidity levels and is, therefore, not subjected to the phenomena of contraction and expansion.
Furthermore, if you live in a termite-prone area, you can avoid the termites attack by simply switching from your existing hardwood floor to the correctly treated termite resistant bamboo flooring. In fact, the manufacturing process of bamboo planks makes bamboo flooring a good termite-proof flooring choice. When the bamboo plants are cut down into strips, they are boiled to remove starches and sugars that could attract termites. Next step is to kiln dry them to remove the moisture contents. As a result, the final product becomes unattractive to bugs, ants and termites because the starches, sugars and moisture that could feed those insects, are deteriorated by the manufacturing process. Moreover, during the manufacturing of bamboo planks, they are treated with mineral boron that makes it unattractive to both ants and termites.
Bamboo flooring can be easily maintained and requires mopping and sweeping once or twice a week. In spite of light mopping, bamboo flooring is not susceptible to the termites attack and performs well against insects when treated correctly at time of manufacture. As compared to other hardwood floorings, which may rot due to termites attack in a couple of years, bamboo flooring resists insects and continues to serve you for many years to come without being decayed by termites. Another great thing about bamboo flooring is that it is resistant to the fungal and mold growth. The reason is the same; the manufacturing process of bamboo flooring doesn't let any moisture or starch to stay in the bamboo planks and act as a host for fungi and mold to feed on.
Therefore, bamboo flooring makes an excellent choice when remodeling a home in the termite-prone or humid areas because of the bamboo's natural ability to resist both insects and moisture.