Monday, 01 August 2016 15:20

Is Bamboo the New & Improved Laminate Flooring?

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.



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