Hardwood and bamboo flooring are two of the most common choices within Australian homes, but which choice is the best option for your home? Today we’ve broken down some of the must-know differences between hardwood and bamboo flooring to make designing your space easy. What Are Hardwood Floors?Hardwood floorsare one of the most popular flooring options and are considered to be any product that is manufactured from timber and designed for flooring. Many homeowners choose hardwood flooring for their spaces as it comes in various styles, colours, cuts and species to ensure the perfect match is found for the area.At Zealsea we offer a wide range of hardwood flooring. From our range of Coswick European Oakto BORAL Australian species or Engineered Australian Species, you are guaranteed to find the perfect hardwood flooring for your home.Although hardwood flooring has been one of the favourite floorings previously, bamboo flooring is quickly becoming an increasingly prevalent flooring in lots of Australian homes.
What Are Bamboo Floors?
Although bamboo flooring is relatively new in comparison to hardwood flooring, many homeowners are opting to have it in their homes. People often tend to get bamboo flooring confused with hardwood flooring because of how similar the two materials look, but bamboo actually isn’t wood, rather it is grass that is highly processed to produced flooring. Bamboo flooring comes in three main different varieties: horizontal grain, vertical grain and strand woven.
Varieties of Bamboo Flooring
The first type of bamboo flooring is horizontal grain where the flooring planks are made of thin strips of bamboo that are glued and pressed together which creates a surface that looks similar to bamboos natural state because of the repetitive knuckle pattern. The second type is vertical grain which is similar to horizontal grain, but these planks have a more linear and uniform look as they are constructed from thin strips of bamboo that are lined up and bonded together. Finally, there is strand-woven bamboo flooring. This type of bamboo flooring is made from shredded bamboo fibres which are then fused together with an adhesive and compressed using heat and pressure. After that, the blocks are then cut down into planks and sanded back so that colour treatment and finishes can be applied. Strand-woven bamboo flooring is commonly mistaken for hardwood flooring because this type of bamboo flooring features an organic flowing grain pattern that is similar to that of hardwood floors.
Household flooring is often exposed to lots of damage, whether that be from lots of traffic in specific areas of the house, animal nails on the flooring or from spills, but selecting the right flooring for the space can help prolong the looks of the flooring. For spaces that do experience high traffic, especially from shoes or animals, strand-woven bamboo flooring is a great option as scratching or denting on the surface are a rare occurrence. Hardwood flooring isn’t usually the best option for busy spaces as it is susceptible to damage, although if this damage does occur, hardwood floors can also be fixed by sanded back the floors and then refinishing them. Similar to wood, particular types of bamboo flooring can also be sanded back and finished if they happen to become damaged. When it comes to how long each type of flooring lasts, hardwood flooring wins as it can last in homes for over 75 years. Although bamboo flooring may not last as long as hardwood flooring, it is still a fantastic option as it can still last up to 25 years in a home with good care.
Bamboo Floor Colours
Bamboo flooring is extremely versatile as it comes in a range of colours to ensure you find the perfect match to suit your space and the furniture within it. Another benefit of bamboo flooring is that after it has been installed, the colour is still practically the same, whereas in some cases with other floorings there can sometimes be a difference in colour due to showroom lighting or final finishes. Another considerable difference between hardwood flooring and bamboo flooring is that they can both change over time. Hardwood floors can sometimes change in colour slightly as they age while bamboo flooring can sometimes change shades if exposed to sunlight frequently. Despite both types of flooring having the possibility of slightly changing in appearance in the future, our experts at Zealsea Flooring can advise on the best option for your space or refurbish your flooring for you if necessary.
If sustainability is a big factor when choosing new flooring, bamboo flooring is definitely the more sustainable flooring option. Bamboo flooring is considered to be a renewable product because bamboo grows at extreme rates in comparison to timber which takes years to grow. And when we say rapid rates, we mean it, bamboo has been known to increase its height by 30cm in as little as 24 hours! Smaller plantations are generally used to grow the product as well, and bamboo is readily available in most areas which means that pollution generated in the transportation of the flooring is reduced.
Installation of Flooring
When it comes to the installation of bamboo flooring, it can often be completed in as little as one day. This is because bamboo flooring comes in ready-to-use boards that have already had layers of topcoat applied to help prevent scratches on the surface. Installation of hardwood floors has a longer process which involves having to sand back the floors, polish or paint them which can sometimes be a slightly lengthier process where the space needs to be free due to dust and fumes that may be generated by the sanding or coating. If you would like an exact timeframe for the installation of your preferred flooring in your space, contact the team at Zealsea Flooring.
So, Which Flooring Option Should I Choose?
At the end of the day, both bamboo flooring and hardwood flooring are great choices to have in your home. The deciding factors are dependent on where the space is located and the design you have envisioned for the area.
At Zealsea Flooring we can help you make the right choice for your space. Our experts are able to provide their professional recommendation for the area and also help with the purchasing and installation process. Contact us today to find out how we can help.