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Timber vs Bamboo

It’s in your best interest to strike the right note with flooring, since it adds so much character to your home or office. This is a worthy investment – whether you’re refurbishing because your home has seen better days, or starting from scratch.

We compare the benefits of timber and bamboo flooring, to help you make the best choice.

Durability

TIMBER

Modern timber flooring requires minimal maintenance since it’s extremely durable and water resistant. Its durability depends on various factors – such as the type of timber used, whether the floor is finished and the type of room it sits in.

Timber floors can withstand more wear and tear than many other materials. On the downside, scratches show up easily from sharp objects.

Your timber floor can last for decades, if properly finished and maintained, thanks to its resistance to stains and moisture.

BAMBOO

Bamboo flooring is renowned for its durability. It’s extremely hard with high tensile strength, which means it can be stretched. This makes it ideal for a family home or spaces that attract high foot traffic (such as the kitchen, living room and bathroom).

Depending on the quality of the bamboo, your flooring can last from 10 to 25 years. This product can even last for half a century, if resurfaced properly and looked after!

Consider placing rugs in high traffic areas, to protect your bamboo floors from damage or general wear and tear.

Maintenance

TIMBER

Looking after your timber floor is easier than you think! Simply remove dirt and grime from the surface by sweeping and wiping with a damp cloth.

It’s true that timber flooring requires minimal maintenance on a regular basis – this is a major drawcard for many. Having said this, it occasionally requires professional attention, if you want to protect the original lustre.

Timber floors should be polished with polyurethane every four years, to increase longevity.

The beauty of timber is that you can refinish damaged areas, rather than replacing it all!

BAMBOO

Bamboo flooring is growing in popularity – particularly among those who value their spare time and detest cleaning.

It’s one of the easiest materials to look after, withstanding excess foot traffic and everyday spills!

Simply sweep your floor with a broom and go over it once a week with a dust mop to keep it immaculate.

You can also use cleaning products that are safe to use on timber floors, if you wish to go that extra mile to create an enviable sheen.

Style

TIMBER

As with bamboo, timber flooring is incredibly versatile, adding so much to the vibe of the surrounding space. Whether you’re seeking old-fashioned elegance, or a sleek look, there’s nothing restrictive about this material – it does what you want it to.

There are different styles too. Floating timber floors are easy to install and have natural sound-proofing qualities, so they suit apartments or units perfectly. Parquetry features a jigsaw-mosaic pattern, making your flooring as unique as you are. Hardwood is ideal for creating a modern look that withstands whatever your family drops onto it.

BAMBOO

Install bamboo flooring if you’re looking for a sure way to spruce up your home. This material is incredibly versatile and blends easily with its surroundings, so you can create any look that you fancy. Exotic novelty? Warm sophistication? Chic and modern? The options are endless.

Bamboo is available in a wide array of styles to suit almost any home. Horizontal bamboo planks are placed next to each other, facing in a horizontal direction. Vertical bamboo planks are positioned vertically and strand-woven bamboo planks are made from remaining bamboo strands.

Comfort

TIMBER

Timber is softer than bamboo flooring, making it comfortable to walk on. It also adds a sense of cosiness to any space, thanks to its low thermal conductivity. Timber is warmer than other flooring options, such as bamboo, tiles or stone.

Timber also helps to maintain room temperature, since it’s a natural insulator. It prevents heat from escaping during winter and keeps it outside during the summer.

This makes your home more comfortable year-round!

BAMBOO

Although bamboo is praised for its durability and natural style, it’s not particularly comfortable. If you’re looking for material that’s soft to touch and warm underfoot, bamboo isn’t the best choice.

Bamboo flooring has a reputation for being cold and hard, so keep this out of bedrooms and playrooms.

On the other hand, this could be the perfect option for any allergy sufferers in your family, since bamboo is hypoallergenic and doesn’t collect dust.

Price

TIMBER

Timber generally costs more than bamboo flooring, since it matures very slowly. It can take 15 to 20 years for timber to be transformed into flooring.

You also pay more to install timber flooring, since this process is more laborious than installing bamboo. Timber is fragile, demanding higher levels of caution.

At Carpet One, our timber prices range from $108 to $185 per square metre.

If you’re still stuck between timber and bamboo flooring, feel free to contact our expert team.

BAMBOO

This is a very affordable flooring material! Bamboo plants are economical to harvest, since they grow so quickly. Bamboo stalks take only three to five years to mature, so prices are reasonable for customers.

You can purchase a high quality bamboo floor from $2-$8 per square metre. Bamboo is cheaper than timber flooring, but don’t worry, this isn’t too good to be true. It’s still durable and withstands the elements fairly well.

At Carpet One, our bamboo prices range from $93 to $111 per square metre.

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