Using (And Not Using) Wood Flooring In Kitchens

Bamboo FlooringHard wood floors are typically considered the best flooring choice on the market. Knowing all of this about bamboo shades, you can be sure that they are a wise investment that can add style and beauty to many areas of your home. Yet carpet also needs a quality padding that adds $200 to $300 for every six feet of carpet, plus professional installation. With engineered wood, you can install the flooring yourself, saving on installation. When looking at economical flooring options that are ideal for home investments, wood is always the best. If you stick with engineered wood floors, you can do the installation yourself, as it uses a simple snap-and-lock installation method that doesn’t require hammers, nails or glues.

Vinyl flooring continues to be the most economical choice of flooring, although it won’t add value to the home. Vinyl requires no underlayment or padding, so the cost of the materials will make up for the bulk of the project. Vinyl is also available in wood planks that have an adhesive on the back, giving you a faux wood floor for a low cost. Laminate and bamboo are also shining through as the perfect flooring options for home investments, as they offer the look of hardwood, but have the perk of not requiring professional installation. And since bamboo is all-natural and plentiful in supply, the prices are competitive and the materials eco-friendly.Bamboo Flooring

To save on the cost of installation, opt for carpet tiles that have a self-sticking back and can be easily swapped out with new tiles at your convenience. When you arm yourself with the right information and tools, you can choose smart flooring options for your home. I am just about to have my hallway laminate and kitchen lino replaced because of water damage so the insurance company are covering it, but I’d love wooden floors throughout. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and some claim it is hypo-allergenic. As well, bamboo can be grown without herbicides and pesticides and is a rapid and ready producer of oxygen.

Once relegated to novelty status in the summer months, bamboo has shown what a versatile material it is in the manufacture of a wide variety of products. Many of us are becoming more familiar with durable and beautiful bamboo flooring, but did you know that bamboo is also used to make fabrics/clothing, furniture, building materials, housewares, tableware and utensils, and, yes, paper. Professional installation brings the total cost to $7.50-$13 a square foot or $1,875-$3,250.

Once only available in high-end boutiques, and pricey, specialty bath shops, bamboo towels are now readily available in every major department store, and in every price range. Bamboo takes color well, especially the softer, earth-tone, non-toxic dyes that reflect the nature of the product. Whether your pleasure is a blended bamboo and organic cotton, or pure bamboo, you will find these towels are of unequaled softness and durability. My bamboo towels, though, have stood up well to frequent washing in hot water and in the regular cycle. Bamboo is not only soft enough for baby’s delicate skin, because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties, bamboo is a natural choice for baby’s safety.

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