Every advantage surely has its disadvantage, and bamboo flooring is not an exception. The following are some of the disadvantages of using bamboo:
Emission of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds): Bamboo floor planks are manufactured by shredding the stalk of the bamboo grass plant, and then joining the pieces back together using heat, pressure, and a resin based adhesive. This adhesive can release volatile organic chemicals into the air of an interior space over time.
Water Damage: Although bamboo is more resistant to water than hardwood, it is still a natural material made of organic elements, and as such excessive moisture will cause it to warp or will allow mold to grow.
Humidity: In a very humid area, the moisture in the air can cause the planks to become somewhat stuffed. Also, in a dry environment, the planks can shrink. Both cases lead to cracks in the bamboo.
Lack of Hardness: The carbonization process used to color the wood weakens it structurally, making bamboo planks that are darker in color to be softer and less durable than natural uncarbonized and strand woven bamboo.
Environmentally Ambiguous: Bamboo is a natural material that is made from a highly renewable resource. However, the adhesive used in its construction can contribute to the toxicity of an interior space.
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