Bamboo flooring has become very popular in homes and offices. It can also be used as a fitness floor in your home – especially if you do a lot of sports or yoga programs. If you are considering using bamboo for your home gym flooring, consider these bamboo flooring pros and cons before making a decision.
Bamboo is graceful
Bamboo looks great and gives hardwood gym flooring a great look at a great price. It looks and feels much more natural (very important in my opinion) than laminate flooring. It gives a very warm atmosphere to a home or office.
- Many styles of bamboo flooring to choose from:
- Grain: horizontal, vertical,
- Installation: Floating (lockable), stick and screw,
- Process: carburized, dyed, and
- ECO-FRIENDLY: Premium green bamboo flooring.
One of the main advantages of bamboo gym flooring is that it costs less than many wood flooring options – a real bonus once you invest in a home gym.
You can buy installed bamboo using the locked method. Its installation is as easy as laminate and hardwood latches.
Because bamboo is a grass, not a tree, it grows much faster than trees. This means that as a renewable resource it is replenished more quickly and therefore more products are produced with fewer resources (such as land). However, since bamboo is (mainly) grown in China, there are environmental costs associated with shipping to DIY retailers in the West and Europe.
Bamboo does not need to be transplanted as the roots remain after harvest. Again, some efficiency is lost due to shipping costs.
Softer than hardwood and laminate
This may be more of a bamboo floor than a professional floor (see disadvantages of bamboo floors below) – however, if you exercise on the floor, you can appeal to softer floors like a gym floor.
Bamboo is a durable and strong material that can also be used on floors.
Disadvantages of bamboo floors
Not as eco-friendly as you think
Bamboo floors are shipped from China, which consumes a lot of energy. As the demand for bamboo increases, more natural forests are being cleared to grow bamboo. Many chemicals are used in the cultivation of bamboo.
Bamboo flooring undergoes many treatments to achieve the end product that is in demand today, i.e. locked and polished bamboo flooring.
Because bamboo is softer than hardwood, it is more prone to dents and scratches. Yet this is an incredibly hard floor – bamboo is an extremely hard natural material. If you lift weights or use fitness equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike, consider placing a rubber mat over the bamboo.
Yes, it costs less than many hardwood floors, but it costs more than laminate floors.
Bamboo brings the feel and functionality of a commercial gym studio to your home gym, perfect for gravity training, aerobics, and yoga.