Bamboo Flooring…..a ‘green’ flooring option
One of the most popular choices for flooring in Australia is timber flooring. Synonymous with Aussie design, boards are found across a broad spectrum of interiors, from period style homes through to family and cutting edge, contemporary spaces. Their natural beauty teamed with durability and comfort factors make timber a great option for any home.
The choices for timber flooring are vast and vary in materiality, style and price. The main options are hardwood timbers, engineered boards (or floating boards) and vinyl, timber-look floors. There are many things to consider when selecting from one of these options. Cost, appearance, durability, environmental factors and accessibility are just a few.
One material which is becoming increasingly more and more popular are boards constructed from bamboo. Bamboo is warm and sophisticated in appearance, has many similar properties as hardwood floors and is considered from an environmental viewpoint to be superior to other materials. However, like all natural materials, there are some vulnerabilities which customers should be aware of. The following are some of the elements of bamboo flooring which should be taken into account when comparing materials.
Bamboo floors are very durable; in fact, they can be considered more durable than their hardwood friends. This point alone makes the material a worthy option for a family home or spaces of high use. In saying this, bamboo is a natural material and is not immune to general wear and tear or ill-treatment. Nothing will protect a floor from high heels! You may consider using rugs in areas of high traffic, such as hallways or main living areas to layer over floorboards to protect from any damage. Rugs are a great way to inject colour, texture and comfort into a space as well as protecting timber flooring. Have some fun with the pattern and colour of your rugs, there are so many beautiful options currently available.
It is worth considering that bamboo floors, like any timber flooring option, may become damaged from excessive exposure to sunlight. Sunlight can darken areas of bamboo flooring if they are not protected from window treatments.
Bamboo grows at a very rapid rate to be at complete maturity in only three to five years. Given this is a lot quicker than hardwood timber flooring materials, bamboo has made a name for itself as being the ‘green’ flooring option. When bamboo is cut, the roots also remain in the ground, allowing for quick re-growth.
While bamboo flooring possesses the positive attributes of timber flooring as well as its own unique features, it can be comparatively cost effective. Talk to your local Flooring Xtra showroom staff if you require more information regarding any costing queries, they will be happy to help!
Bamboo floors exude a sophisticated and contemporary look and feel. They work across a wide range of applications and would feel just as at home in a new build as they would in a renovated period property. Their versatility and durability, along with the environmental considerations make bamboo an easy choice for many.
Bamboo boards are available in a range of board sizes and stains and finishes. Boards can be left in a more natural and recognisable state, or can be stained to take on a particular tone or look further away from what is traditionally seen as bamboo. Bamboo sits back with most architectural styles, interiors and furnishings which make it a broadly used material. Pop into one of the showrooms to see the many options available.