Sunday, 24 April 2016 04:49

Laminate, Bamboo or Hardwood Flooring: To skimp, to splurge or to spend?

When it comes to renovating or building our homes, we can all agree that one of the most difficult decisions to make are which floors to lay down. There are countless different options; laminate, tiles, hardwood, carpets, bamboo. Not to mention the variance in price, advantages, shortcomings,. , an endless list! We have to take all these factors into account and play a game of risk management. Below we take a look at the benefits of laminate vs bamboo vs hardwood floors:

Laminate Bamboo Hardwoods

Description

Man-made artificial wood made from chip board Bamboo is a fast growing grass that is a highly renewable resource Traditional real wood such as oak.

 Price

Cheaper Bamboo flooring is priced competitively for the quality valuing consumer. Less expensive than hardwood Expensive.

Customers

Customer wanting a real wood finish but with a tight budget. Eco savvy, and trendy this customer values quality, style and durability

For customers where budget is not a factor nor the environmental impact is not a priority.

Selling Points

A good laminate flooring looks almost identical to wood at a low cost An attractive alternative. Its appearance and durability is similar and equal to that of hardwood. Timeless and classic with the realwood feel

Installation 

Very easy. DIY Simple. DIY Complex and often comes with many challenges. Professional Installation

Maintenance

Easy maintenance and cleaning. Very little maintenace required. Extremely low maitenance long-term Wood products required to clean, wax, oil polish and protect.

Toxins

Laminate floor is often sealed and manufactured with products that emit high levels of formaldehyde. Eco Bamboo Africa’s Flooring uses less than 0,2 parts per million formaldehyde and uses only dynea eco-friendly glue which conforms to the EU standards of safety. Hardwood floor is often sealed with a coating that emits high levels of formaldehyde.

Surface Finishes

Artificial wood with a wide variety of made finishes available. Ethier natural or carbonised. There are stains available but not reccommended. Extensive range of naturally occurring and man made colours, textures and finishes available..

Longevity

Short life span. Proper care, Eco Bamboo flooring can last for many decades or a lifetime. Long life span.

Insects

Install only laminated floor boards that have been treated with anti-termites chemicals and do not use in humid areas. Resistant to dust mites, termites, insects and bacteria. Because it is a natuarlal product it is vulnerable to dust mites, termites, insects and bacteria.

Noise

When walked on there is a very tap tap sound. Solid sound and feel under foot. Solid sound and feel under foot.

 

We may be a little biased yet it is clear to see which product comes out on top. Our Bamboo is best!

 

 

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