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How about Grass for Indoor Flooring? The Magic of Bamboo

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 22, 2014 | Categories: Home and Garden

Guest Post

bamboo floor 8 How about Grass for Indoor Flooring? The Magic of Bamboo

Bamboo is a popular flooring choice for many decors. From rustic to contemporary homes, many people choose bamboo for it unique and stylish look, not realizing they are actually selecting a grass for their floors.

Bamboo is one of the world’s most versatile and rugged plants, growing in practically every climate and weather zone. While there are over 1,400 varieties of bamboo, there are only a handful that are acceptable to use as flooring. Of these few, it is generally accepted that Moso is the most durable and practical choice for both solid and engineered bamboo flooring products.

Among the primary bamboo flooring facts one must consider is the type of flooring construction to be selected. The first option is choosing between horizontal construction and vertical construction of the flooring boards.

These differ in several basic characteristics. When horizontal construction is used, a single board is usually created with 15 bamboo strips. Three layers of the strips are placed on top of each other and pressed together. This process protects the more traditional look of bamboo with knuckles, using the grain to resemble natural looking bamboo grass.

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When vertical construction is utilized, each of 19 bamboo strips are placed on their sides and laid next to each other. This approach is used when a more linear look is desired, although this type of board is not as long-lasting as the horizontal construction board.

Beyond these two basic methods of construction, bamboo flooring is sometimes created using strand-woven, woven, or stranded bamboo techniques. No glue is used to bind these strips as is the case with both horizontal and vertical bamboo boards. Instead, a great deal of pressure is used to compress bamboo fiber strands into floorboards.

This process creates a more exotic, nontraditional look that many designers and homeowners find attractive.

This process also yields itself to creating a wide range of looks and the use of many different color accents. Different lengths and widths of bamboo strips also help create a one-of-a-kind look when that is the goal.

Another reason some choose this process is it is one of the most eco-sensitive floorings one can select, and the end product is almost totally free of adhesives. At the same time, the process used makes the floorboards the most durable of all bamboo flooring options.

A final factor to consider with bamboo flooring is how it will be affixed to the subfloor. The decision to glue, nail or float the floorboards will help decide between solid or engineered flooring.

Roasted Acorn Squash and Wild Rice Soup Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Food, Recipes
Roasted acorn squash & wild rice soup recipe

Roasted acorn squash stuffed with wild rice and cheese is my favorite fall meal, but I don’t care for the leftovers. One of my goals this week was to take this favorite and redo it in a way that was just as delicious as the first time. My solution: Roasted Acorn Squash and Wild Rice […]

Fall Radiant: Show Off Your Sun-Kissed Glow with the Help of These 7 Products

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Beauty, Shopping
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This post is brought to you by beautyencounter.com. Fall can get your skin all dried up and pale. However, you’ll be pleased to know there are products out there than can make your skin glow like it’s just been kissed by the sun! At Beauty Encounter, your favorite discount fragrance shop, you can find tons […]

Halloween for Grown Ups #BBNshops

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 21, 2014 | Categories: Fun, Holidays and Observances, Shopping
Halloween for Adults

Halloween is for kids of all ages; from the young to the… not so young. Just because you don’t have kids or you’re empty-nesters doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Halloween. In fact, couples can, and should enjoy Halloween. Dress up in matching Halloween costumes for couples (either to go to a party or just to […]

$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Ends 11/14

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 20, 2014 | Categories: Giveaways
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I’ve teamed up with some really awesome fellow bloggers to bring you this great giveaway — this time you could win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Maybe you can get an early start on your holiday shopping, spend a day at the spa or tuck it away for a rainy day. The Prize: One (1) […]

The Best Halloween Costumes for Couples #BBNshops

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 19, 2014 | Categories: Fashion, Fun, Holidays and Observances, Shopping
Best Halloween Costumes for Couples

I love seeing couples dressed up on Halloween with coordinating costumes. It’s fun just trying to figure out a couples costume that fits you and your significant others personality. I could see my husband as Popeye because he so strong and he’s my protector, but me as Olive Oyl? Maybe 15 years ago, but not […]

Calling all Instagram addicts! Moldiv’s Instagram Photo Contest #ILoveMoldiv

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 17, 2014 | Categories: Giveaways
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Calling all Instagram addicts? I have the perfect contest for you! I know I love looking through all my friends Instagram photos, especially are those adorable babies and cute kiddos. Moldiv is sponsoring an Instagram photo contest where you can submit a collage of your baby photos OR your favorite selfies made with Moldiv and […]

Cleavage-Free Halloween Costumes for Women Over Forty #BBNshops

Cleavage free Halloween costumes

Halloween is a great time to get creative with your Halloween costumes. You can be anything or anyone you want. You can be something or someone you wouldn’t ordinarily be. This doesn’t mean you have to show off everything the good Lord gave you. Personally, I think there comes an age when, showing too much […]

The Ultimate $750 Cash Giveaway (11/13)

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 16, 2014 | Categories: Giveaways
Ultimate Cash Giveaway - October

My blogger friends and I have teamed up to bring you one of our biggest giveaways ever! One lucky winner will win a $750 cash prize (via Paypal) and it just might be you! I know how much $750 could help out for Christmas! And this time of year, any extra cash sure comes in […]

My Crest Sensi-Stop Strips Results a Month Later #SensiStopStrips

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 14, 2014 | Categories: Health and Beauty, Health and Fitness, Reviews
Crest Sensi-Stop Strips #SensiStopStrips

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Crest. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences. Last month I shared with you that I was going to try the new Crest Sensi-Stop Strips. I was […]