Why Choose Bamboo Flooring over Hardwoods?
The pros for deciding to choose bamboo over hardwood definitely outweigh the cons.
The top 10 are:
- Bamboo is considerably harder and more durable than traditional hardwoods. Compressed bamboo is one of the hardest flooring timbers in the world today.
- Hardwoods take decades to grow whereas bamboo used for flooring only takes 5- 7 years to reach maturity for manufacturing.
- Cost can be exceptionally less than hardwood floors.
- Sustainable in its cultivation, bamboo demands less area for growth than hardwood.
- Non allergenic, great for those with allergies.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Pre-finished and easy to install.
- Ranges in colours, grain appearance and installation applications.
- Renewable resource, once cut regenerates itself and restarts the growth process all over again.
- More bamboo can be grown in higher volume in the same area as hardwood, therefore, absorbing more CO2.
How many times can your bamboo Flooring be re-sanded?
Your pre-finished bamboo floor can be sanded and refinished up to 3-4 times throughout its life. The average period required for re-sanding you floor is usually every 10-15 years. However, it really depends on how you look after your floor. Obviously, more fastidious you are in caring for your floor the later you will have to re-finish it.
What type of finish do you use?
All Simply Bamboo pre-finished bamboo flooring is finished with the German brand ‘KLUMP’ and ‘TREFFERT’, a UV finish that performs excellent in high friction and scratch resistance.
Our Vertical, Horizontal and Compressed flooring has a 10-coat Floor water based Polyurethane finishing system:
1) UV Water-Based Primer Klumpp
2) UV Water-Based Solvent-Free Klumpp Filler
3) UV Water-Based Solvent-Free Klumpp Filler
4) Aluminum Oxide Klumpp Anti-Abrasive
5) Aluminum Oxide Klumpp Anti-Abrasive
6) UV Duro-Sealer
7) UV Duro-Sealer
8) Treffert Acrylic Polyurethane UV Face Coat
9) Treffert Acrylic Polyurethane UV Anti-Scratch Top Coat
10) Treffert Acrylic Polyurethane UV Anti-Scratch Final Coat
The back of the board as well as all sides and edges are sealed.
Is Bamboo Flooring resistant to white ants?
Bamboo is termite resistant, but not 100% termite proof. Bamboo is not a wood; it is a plant from the grass family. Bamboo contains cellulose fibres which does not absorb a lot of moisture, unlike traditional timbers. The soft non-structural inner portions of a bamboo stem might attract termites or other insects. The outer/harder portions will remain intact. It is these outer harder portions that our flooring is made from.
Bamboo has a high resistance to moisture. Bamboo doesn’t harbour the conditions for termites as well as other wood eating insects that normally thrive in these conditions.
All our imported Bamboo products are treated, with a mineral called Boron, at the time of manufacture, to prevent any insect infestation. This treatment increases the protection against white ants.
Can I wear stiletto heeled shoes on the Bamboo Floor?
Yes you can, but really depends on the hardness of your bamboo. We wouldn`t recommend it on the vertical and horizontal bamboo floors, but we would on the compressed floors. Whether or not your heels will damage your floor also depends on the condition of the heels. Without offending anyone, it can also depend on the load pressure of the stiletto heels which may cause dents or scratching on your floor. The best way to avoid any of this is to kindly ask your guests to leave the stilettos at the door.
However, regular shoes and heels, providing they are maintained and wiped at points of entry, in your home are quite okay.
Is it recommended to put Bamboo Flooring in the kitchen?
Yes! Bamboo Flooring installed in the kitchen is perfectly fine.
In the event of everyday spills or cooking gone wrong that has ended on the floor, don`t panic, as long as the spills are promptly wiped or removed; there is not a real danger in harming your floor.
However, in the event of a flood or rain damage bamboo or any timber for that matter is not indestructible.
What type of beading do you use?
The beading is made from bamboo, the same as the floor is made from, not MDF moulding. Also, if you are having a compressed floor installed, only compressed beading will be used.
Can I purchase raw Bamboo Flooring to sand and polish?
Raw boards are available through some companies in Perth. However, we specialise and stock Pre-finished bamboo flooring only. If requested and raw bamboo is definitely what you want, a special order can be made to import this especially for you, but a waiting period will apply.
What is the difference between "horizontal" and "vertical" bamboo flooring?
The main physical difference between Horizontal and Vertical Bamboo is the way the strips have been place throughout the board. Horizontal bamboo refers to the strips being placed horizontally and gives the appearance of large notches, throughout the board. Whereas, the Vertical bamboo strips have been placed vertically and gives the appearance of smaller notches.
When ordering bamboo flooring, how much extra should I order to allow for waste?
Whether you are a DIY or a professional installer, wastage can vary depending on the individual’s skill level.
To play it safe DIY installers should cater for around 7-9% depending on your cutting skills and the room layout. Professional installations should only need an extra 5% for wastage, anymore than this is excessive.
Where is your Bamboo Flooring made?
All reputable bamboo flooring should come from China. Our products are manufactured using machinery, finishes and glues that are imported from quality European Countries. All our bamboo flooring is manufactured to a very high standard in a factory that is ISO 9001 accredited. The main reason why we have our bamboo flooring manufactured in China is because they harvest large quantities and it’s the bamboo’s natural climate.
What If I Damage My Bamboo Floor, Can It Be Fixed?
It really depends on what style of bamboo floor you go for! Bamboo can come in a wide range of densities which will determine how badly it can be damaged.
But keep in mind, the harder the bamboo, the harder it is to damage. Our bamboo comes finished with seven coats, unlike your hardwood traditional floors that are only finished with 3 coats; sometimes the small scratches from everyday living are obscure.
However, if you do manage to damage your bamboo boards, don’t panic, we can fix the problem areas. Like boards that have been damaged by water, these affected boards can be routed, removed and replaced with new boards.