Flooring trends over recent years in Australia have noticed a distinct rise in popularity of bamboo flooring. There are good reasons for this:
Bamboo is an environmentally friendly and a highly renewable source of material. As a grass, it grows much faster than wood. The primary species used for flooring can grow up to 119 cms in a 24 hour period and over 20 metres in 40 to 50 days. It takes about 3-5 years for bamboo to reach full maturity. As only the older stems are harvested, the younger bamboo receives more space for growth giving a higher yield. Because bamboo grows so fast, it absorbs more CO2 than it releases during production and transport.
With a hardness and density similar to the best hardwood floors, bamboo floors are suitable for use even in heavy-duty applications.
There are a wide range of bamboo colours available from natural light blonde, to black. Unlike natural timber, which contains imperfections such as knots, bamboo flooring is visually appealing and colour density throughout the floor is more even. For customers that prefer the country look, rustic themes are also available.
There are two options for installation of bamboo flooring, either floating or direct stick to concrete slab. Bamboo is prefinished, so no site sanding and coating is required after installation.
The price of bamboo flooring compares well to other types of timber flooring. Although around 30% more expensive than laminate flooring, it is around 30%-40% less than engineered flooring.