LESLIE: William from South Carolina is on the line with a flooring question. How can we help you today?
WILLIAM: OK. I’m getting conflicting stories about bamboo flooring. And we want to put bamboo down in the kitchen. It’s a stranded bamboo. How will that work?
LESLIE: It’s a stranded bamboo? Is that what you said?
TOM: What’s the form of this? Is it tongue-and-groove?
WILLIAM: Yes, it’s tongue-and-groove.
TOM: So why are you concerned about putting it in the kitchen? It’s a perfect choice for that.
WILLIAM: I’ve heard several people say it’s a bad choice. It’ll soak up too much liquid if you spill water on it or something.
TOM: Not bamboo.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, a bamboo floor really is good for all kinds of high-moisture situations because of the way that it’s made, because of the way that the bamboo is super durable. I think for a kitchen, though, bamboo has a very specific look. And if that’s what you’re going for, then that’s great.
If you want some other options for a kitchen, I personally love to put a cork floor in a kitchen. It’s got a little bit more give to it. It’s super durable. Again, it’s not something that you would want to necessarily have spill a lot of water on it but should you, you’d be OK. But the cork flooring is beautiful.
But there are so many other options. There’s vinyl tiles and vinyl planks and vinyl floorings that are made to look just like any other type of lumber or stone, for that matter. And they’re super durable. You can get them very, very wet. You can put them in high-moisture situations.
There’s a lot of other products out there whereas bamboo has got a look. And if that’s what you want, it’s great for the application. You just have to think about what the durability of it is, the ease of installment, those types of things.
WILLIAM: OK. I do appreciate it. It eases my mind. Thank you.
TOM: Well, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
WILLIAM: Thank you.