Product Information: Natural Strand Woven Click Bamboo Flooring

 Colour Natural

 Description Rich honey to light caramel

 Attachments Tongue & Groove

 Dimensions 14 x 96 x 1850mm

 Structure 100% solid (14mm 100% premium grade solid bamboo plank) no veneer.

 Finish Prefinished with 9 coats of high-tech Treffert coating reinforced with aluminium oxide scratch resistant layer. 

 Janka Rating 3014 (hardness: 19.8kN)

 Installation Floating floor (using glue)

 Underlay 3mm Combilay or Whisperlay

 Maintenance Easy care maintenance

 

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Product Information: Summer Beach Strand Woven Click Bamboo Flooring

 Colour Summer Beach

 Description Rich honey with white

 Attachments Valinge 5G Click technology

 Dimensions 12 x 120 x 1850mm

 Structure 100% solid (12mm 100% premium grade solid bamboo plank) no veneer.

 Finish White hand scraped surface

 Janka Rating 3014 (hardness: 19.8kN)

 Installation Floating floor (glueless)

 Underlay 3mm Combilay or Whisperlay

 Maintenance Easy care maintenance

 

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Product Information: Tiger Strand Woven Click Bamboo Flooring

 Colour Tiger

 Description Mixed zebrano finish: Rich honey to coffee

 Attachments Valinge 5G Click technology

 Dimensions 12 x 120 x 1850mm

 Structure 100% solid (12mm 100% premium grade solid bamboo plank) no veneer.

 Finish Prefinished with 9 coats of high-tech Treffert coating reinforced with aluminium oxide scratch resistant layer. 

 Janka Rating 3014 (hardness: 19.8kN)

 Installation Floating floor (glueless)

 Underlay 3mm Combilay or Whisperlay

 Maintenance Easy care maintenance

 

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Saturday, 10 September 2016 09:12

Product Spotlight: Flattened Bamboo Flooring

Product Information: Flattened Bamboo Flooring

 Colour Shades of caramel and coffee with greens and yellows

 Description True to nature bamboo flooring

 Attachments Tongue & Groove

 Dimensions 18mm thick x 125mm x 1,2m length

 Structure Engineered

 Finish All natural – none.

 Janka Rating 1850

 Installation Floating floor (glueless)

 Underlay 3mm Combilay or Whisperlay

 Maintenance Easy care maintenance

 

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Product Information: Natural Vertical T&G Bamboo Flooring

 Colour Natural

 Description Light blonde

 Attachments Tongue & Groove

 Dimensions 15 x 96 x 1950mm

 Structure 100% solid (15mm 100% premium grade solid bamboo plank) no veneer.

 Finish Prefinished with 9 coats of high-tech Treffert coating reinforced with aluminium oxide scratch resistant layer. 

 Janka Rating 1460 (hardness: 6,58kN)

 Installation Floating floor (using glue)

 Underlay 3mm Combilay or Whisperlay

 Maintenance Easy care maintenance

 

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Product Information: Carbonised Strand Woven Click Bamboo Flooring

Colour Carbonised

Description Rich caremel to coffee

Attachments Tongue & Groove

Dimensions 14 x 96 x 1850mm

Structure 100% solid (14mm 100% premium grade solid bamboo plank) no veneer.

Finish Prefinished with 9 coats of high-tech Treffert coating reinforced with aluminium oxide scratch resistant layer. 

Janka Rating 3014 (hardness: 19.8kN)

Installation Floating floor (using glue)

Underlay 3mm Combilay or Whisperlay

Maintenance Easy care maintenance

 

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Product Information: Natural Strand Woven Click Bamboo Flooring

Colour Natural

Description Rich honey to light caramel

Attachments Valinge 5G Click technology

Dimensions 12 x 125 x 1850mm

Structure 100% solid (12mm 100% premium grade solid bamboo plank) no veneer.

Finish Prefinished with 9 coats of high-tech Treffert coating reinforced with aluminium oxide scratch resistant layer. 

Janka Rating 3014 (hardness: 19.8kN)

Installation Floating floor (glueless)

Underlay 3mm Combilay or Whisperlay

Maintenance Easy care maintenance

 

 

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Laminate flooring has had a roller-coaster of a ride. It was developed in 1977 in Sweden, where it is common practice when moving to a new home, to take your household fixtures such as finished flooring and kitchen units with you. Laminate flooring was developed to offer a lower cost, more portable option. It gained popularity in the 1990’s as it was cheaper and required minimum skill to install.

Although laminate displayed a lot of formidable qualities it wasn’t and isn’t perfect.

Laminates received mixed reviews – Some individuals being very happy with the product and swear by it but for others…the look and the feel got critique of looking cheap and somewhat lacking. The feel of the material was fake, dead and did not allow for much warmth. There were / are health concerns with resins and glues as some contain formaldehydes – a hazardous chemical. Although laminates displayed durability, not easily scratched or damaged, repair was very difficult.

People still want the “wooden look” and all it has to offer but were very reluctant to pay the price of installation and on the environment…

And Ta Daaa… Bamboo flooring was born. Bamboo offered all the benefits of both laminate, mainly less expensively priced than hardwoods, the natural feel, look and warmth plus it was produced from a self-sustainable resource that was quick to mature and grew like a weed.

Although slightly higher priced than laminates, Bamboo flooring offered great value to the home or store owner and property developer as research showed that installing aesthetically appealing, eco-friendly flooring had a direct positive effect on property values and marketability as well as sales of products.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laminate_flooring

http://www.bcfca.com/the-history-of-laminate.html

http://conversionxl.com/9-things-to-know-about-influencing-purchasing-decisions/

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 05:32

Endangered Hardwood vs Renewable Bamboo

Fascinating article by Stephanie Dyer in the February/March 2016 issue of Timber iQ about Kiaat, a widely used wood native to Africa.

Kiaat takes up to 80 years to mature, is nitrogen fixing and planted to combat soil erosion. According to Stephanie the harvesting of this precious resource is currently not taking place at a sustainable pace and the species is under threat. Large quantities are exported yearly out of Mozambique, Zambia and other African countries, although it is classified protected species in South Africa.

"Over exploitation of this useful multipurpose tree is endangering its natural populations. Current harvesting is not sustainable and has raised serious concerns regarding the long-term viability of the species. This has resulted in the tree being declared ‘Protected’ in South Africa under the National Forests Act No. 84 of 1998. Since 1998, harvesting of Kiaat in South Africa is only permitted under licence or exemption from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Kiaat is also listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as ‘Lower Risk/Near Threatened.’"

Click here for the full article by Stephanie Dyer, featured in the February/March 2016 edition of Timber iQ

Kiaat is widely used in construction, especially in wood flooring, paneling and furniture due to its aesthetic appeal and durability. This is where Bamboo comes in. If you look at the comparison image above you can see that our Bamboo flooring option is almost indistinguishable from the native Kiaat wood.

If you consider then the benefits that come with using the highly renewable resource, then it staggers the mind to think that we are using a resource that takes 80 years to mature when bamboo takes 5 to 7 years in comparison and can be harvested repeatedly. Added to that is the fact that bamboo is excellent in combating  soil erosion and is naturally insect resistant

Choosing a sustainable eco-friendly option is vital to our way of life and our planets way of life. We need to make choices that is good for the pocket AND the planet.

Kiaat 

"Pterocarpus angolensis (African teak, wild teak, Afrikaans: Kiaat, Sotho: Morôtô, Tswana: Mokwa, Venda: Mutondo, Shona: Mukwa, Shona: Mubvamaropa, Zulu: Umvangazi)[1] is a species of Pterocarpus native to southern Africa, in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zaire, Zimbabwe,and Zambia.[2] It is a protected tree in South Africa.[1] The name Kiaat, although Afrikaans, is sometimes used outside South Africa as well. In Zimbabwe, depending on what region you are in, it is known as Mukwa or Mubvamaropa."  From Wikipedia

 

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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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