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Design Trends – Bamboo Flooring

bamboo flooringWhen you’re looking for home decorating options, Cleveland has plenty to offer. In a place like Cleveland which experiences a lot of different extreme weather conditions during both summers and winters, you have to choose materials that can withstand and literally weather such climatic conditions. Consult with your architect or interior decorator about the different areas in your home, their planned purpose and the ideal floors and walls and other furniture and fittings. Your floor is literally the most used and often abused space in your home, especially if you have young children and pets. You walk on them as well as run, stamp, spill and scratch them. Your flooring should be strong enough to withstand all that apart from the weather and the resultant variations in temperature and humidity.

The most favored traditional floors have been wood. In recent years, people are moving away from wood to bamboo because of the abundant supply of bamboo, and its growth rate. Bamboo matures quite quickly; where trees like teak, pine and oak might take fifty years to grow and be ready for lumber, bamboo is usually available in five! This makes the replenishment of bamboo faster, and hence people looking for a greener home opt for bamboo floors. Bamboo is a sustainable plant and is also available in a wide range of varieties making it suitable for flooring for the entire home, for all the rooms from nursery and bedrooms to the kitchen and the patio.

The various kinds of bamboo available for flooring in Cleveland depend on the type of plant and the way it is harvested. The most popular bamboo floors are of two types, called strand woven bamboo and fused fiber bamboo. The strand woven bamboo is much stronger and is used for floors where there will be a lot of foot traffic. The fused fiber bamboo floor looks more attractive and so can be used for decorating purposes like a hotel lobby or the patio that receives less foot traffic.

There are no standard grading systems for bamboo available, and so the seller or manufacturer reputation is very crucial when you’re thinking of going with bamboo floors. You need to learn about the different kinds of bamboo and their characteristics to make an informed choice. The age of the bamboo plant when it is harvested dictates its hardness and therefore its durability too. Ideally the plant should be at six to nine years of age when it is harvested for timber. At six to nine years bamboo becomes very, very hard and durable and is a great wearing floor. There are some engineered bamboo floors available today that combine a top layer of bamboo with layers of other wood which make them strong, light weight and yet durable.  The biggest scam in bamboo is the cheaper imports that sell for $3 – $4 that are only three years old. They are actually soft and do not hold up well – hence the lower price. Trust us – you do not want a floor made of three year old bamboo. 

At Pucher’s, started by Carl Pucher in 1928, we have been providing floors to the Cleveland area for the last three generations. Now headed by the grandson of Carl Pucher, Pucher’s is a by-word for flooring in and around the Cleveland area in North East Ohio. Our in-house design consultants can help you with any questions you might have regarding your home interiors. We also have a range of paints, wallpapers, other household products, cleaning agents, furnishings, fittings, window treatments, etc. apart from just floors. Anything you need for your home, you can find it at Pucher’s. Call us today for a free quote or visit us for a free consultation.

Eco-Friendly Flooring Choices – Cork & Bamboo

almadacork-resized-600The interest in Bamboo and Cork flooring has never been higher and the sale of these products continues to rise rapidly. Many new suppliers and channels of distribution for these flooring products arise monthly. As beautiful and, many times, as eco-friendly as these products are, there are many reasons to become an educated consumer and protect yourself from unscrupulous business practices. Let’s take bamboo to start. Certainly anywhere on the internet you can find bamboo flooring that pricing starts as low as $2 – $3 per square foot but what are you really buying? As a raw material bamboo can be harvested in as little as two to three years, and almost all of the $2 – $3 bamboo flooring is harvested in less than three years. Trouble is that three year old bamboo is actually softer than pine which makes the durability very poor. When bamboo is harvested at six to nine years it becomes as hard as Brazilian Cherry and is very, very durable and also more expensive but well worth it.

What about the offers you see for very low priced wood flooring from leading National suppliers. You really want to make sure that the floor you are buying is not ranked as a second. You may save money initially but then find that you have to throw away half of the flooring because of warped boards, poor finishing, or poorly milled edges. Another major thing to be aware of is what is known in the industry as short boards. Sure you can get a great price on the flooring but who wants a wood floor that has boards that are two feet or less in length. Some mills sell off the leftovers from their production and they are repackaged and sold at “bargain” prices.

Purchasing a new floor is usually a major expense so it really pays to do your homework and investigate exactly what you are buying. It is a great idea to investigate the company from whom you are considering purchasing your flooring via online customer reviews.  Make sure you consider their reputation, as well as how long they have been in business, should you need help a few years down the line.

Like anything else, with flooring you get what you pay for and because flooring can add value to your home and is permanent it pays to be wise.