See below some of the latest photos from our associates in Windhoek, Eco Bamboo Namibia. Solid Carbonised Strand Woven Tongue and Groove bamboo flooring was used in this home. Contact us today for your flooring quote and see how our expert installation teams can transform your home or office! More images to follow soon.
You may have noticed that here at Eco Bamboo Africa we love all things bamboo. We've listed on many occasions all the advantages of bamboo but today we would like to showcase all the ways this wonder material can be used in and around your home or office. Below are some of our recent installations featuring all the ways bamboo can brighten up your home. It's ease of installation has made it a favorite among contractors, architects and home owners. Click here to request your quote today.
Bamboo Kitchen Countertops are perfect for any kitchen. Super durable and water resistant after the proper treatment as well as much more cost effective than granite countertops. It is also much easier to work with and easy to shape and mold to your space.
Bamboo Flooring for the Kitchen, Dining Room, Study or Bedroom
Bamboo Flooring is suited for any room in your house or office, be it the kitchen, dining room, study or bedroom. It often becomes the feature of the room, adding a warmth and natural feel not matched by other products. It's durablility makes it perfect for high traffic areas.
Bamboo in the Bathroom!
Bamboo Fencing & Gates
You can have you cake and eat it too!!!
In life there are always sacrifices made in order to gain. Ever heard of the saying – No such thing as a free lunch?? Nothing in life is for free. If you aren’t paying for it now, you will pay for it in the future.
So if Bamboo is beautiful, natural, easy to install, eco-friendly, affordable and cost effective. Then it can’t be as durable as other options right?
Surprize!!! Bamboo is ranked as one of the top 10 MOST durable floors… Because Bamboo is a resource that require very little time and input to grow and develop it can be harvested more cheaply and timely than any other timber, making the price low but not compromising on its high quality characteristics…
"This grass, incredibly difficult to remove from your yard, begins to look surprisingly attractive when turned into flooring.
If you have ever tried to hack or shovel bamboo out of your yard, you know how tough this grass can be.
The secret to bamboo flooring's sky-high Janka durability ratings lies in three factors: stalk placement, added materials, and quality of bamboo.
Stalks/Construction: Most off-the-shelf bamboo flooring is made by laying the bamboo grass stalks cross-direction. Strand bamboo flooring is often called woven strand bamboo flooring for a good reason: strands of the bamboo stalks are pulled apart and more tightly integrated with the adhesives.
Adhesives: But the thing that truly makes a bamboo floor hard? Adhesives. Bamboo flooring is stuck together by man-made adhesives. More adhesives made a bamboo floor harder.
Bamboo Type: Unfortunately, this factor is difficult, if not impossible, to determine when shopping for bamboo floors. Better-quality, later-harvested bamboo is more durable than younger bamboo that is rushed to harvest.
Look at Janka durability ratings for traditional vs. strand-woven bamboo floors:
Traditional Construction Bamboo: 900-1300. This is in the red oak area.
Strand-Woven Bamboo: 2000-3200. This definitely peaks the Janka scale, with some bamboo floors rating as hard as Brazilian cherry and teak.
The Janka scale for hardness of wood effectively maxes when you get to around 3600. But one outfit, Cali Bamboo out of San Diego, CA, advertises a bamboo floor called Fossilized HD ColorGrain™ with an extremely high Janka hardness rating of around 5000."
Click here for the full article: Most Durable Floorings You Can Install
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.
Several credible studies, conducted by various institutions, suggests that flooring plays a crucial role in the perceived value of a property and if used commercially the perceived characteristics, such a quality of merchandise affects the potential client's willingness & intention to purchase.
Increase the value and marketability of your home / property
Studies show that installing timber flooring increases the value of that property:
“Seventy five per cent of US real estate agents and brokers said hardwood floors influenced a home’s saleability to a great extent - compared to 44 per cent in a previous survey and 90 per cent said homes with hardwood floors would sell for more money - as opposed to 58 per cent in the earlier survey.”
This trend coupled with the growing concern of eco-friendly practices and sustainability has greatly influenced the demand for bamboo flooring, as this resource is a self-sustainable alternative to hardwoods, taking a meagre 5 years to matures vs 50 years for most hardwoods. The durability and hardness of the wood makes it perfect for high traffic, making it not only an superior aesthetically appealing product but of highest quality too. Read article on Bamboo Characteristics
Study shows timber floors add value to homes
Flooring can boost retail revenues..
Firstly research suggests that the way flooring looks, its cleanliness, how it feels and how it makes a person feel is directly related to the sales of items in that store. Customers make a direct correlation between the way they feel and perceive the environment with the service or goods sold in that store.
Secondly the more inviting and comfortable the store is perceived, the longer the person is most likely to stay and inclined to spend – emotional vs logical spending. An argument can be made that stores catering to women’s needs should provide an atmosphere that will greatly influence the emotional state of that client in order to increase revenue.
Proud to showcase another succesfull Vingate Pearl Bamboo Flooring installation in Cape Town, Western Cape.
Research has shown that there are proven tricks of the trade that not only improve your home but increase its value. All year round people spend thousands of their hard earned money on renovating and upgrading their homes and offices.
But are they spending wisely? Over the years there has been evidence that’s proven that upgrading one’s kitchen, painting your walls, extending entertainment areas with decking and a home’s flooring, are the top key areas one should invest in. Upgrading in these areas add the most value to your property: in other words more bang for your buck. Investing in high quality finishing’s can reap greater returns on investment.
How does the property owner still increase his or her value but without breaking the bank?
The experts say that homeowners should invest in “green” technologies and practices i.e. water wise plants and gardens, solar panels, recycling systems and bamboo flooring, countertops, and furniture. The latest research has shown that according to 46% of builders, the environmental value brings more monetary value for buyers.
This clearly indicates that the current buyer’s decision to invest or to purchase is greatly influenced by green practices and technologies. This also shows that the lack of making use of green technologies and materials can have detrimental implications for future profitability and sale.
But why Bamboo?
Bamboo vs Traditional hardwood: Bamboo is not a wood but a grass. This grass takes a meager 3 – 5 years to harvest, as opposed to hardwoods that take up to 50, proving it’s a sustainable source that regenerates itself in a fraction of the time. Furthermore a Bamboo grove reduces carbon emissions up to 30% more than a similar size tree grove. It also reduces soil erosion through its root network system and has natural anti-bacterial properties, eliminating the need for pesticides and chemicals that are harmful to other plants, animals, birds and humans. Bamboo also needs very little water – reducing the demand on this increasingly scarce resource…
Eco Bamboo Africa’s Bamboo “hardwood” floors are harder than most sort after hardwoods. This makes our Bamboo more durable and allows it to carry heavier traffic. It is easily installed using our click mechanism that greatly reduces installation times and costs. Not only is it a superior product that proves to be time efficient but also the cost is a fraction compared to hardwood. Because of the significant amount of time reduced to create the final product. Manufacturers are able to keep costs low – simple supply and demand
1. Top Quality Bamboo
We import only the best flooring materials from a reputable manufacturer with an outstanding reputation.
Our Bamboo is sustainably sourced and is ideal for green building. It is one of the most easily renewable materials on earth.
Our flooring options are naturally anti-bacterial, making it the perfect fit for the home environment.
This makes it the perfect building material for people with allergic sensitivities.
5. Easy to Install Flooring Solutions
It comes with a revolutionary click mechanism that makes it effortless and quick to install.
6. Strong and Long-lasting
Bamboo is one of the hardest materials on the planet and in terms of tensile capacity is better than steel. The engineerd bamboo suffers from much less expansion and contraction than solid bamboo and other wood floors. This makes it perfect for the hot conditions on the African continent.
7. Competitively Priced
Less expensive than timber with the added benefit that you will save significantly on maintenance costs. We have also negotiated for an unbeatable price per square meters which makes our prices extremely competitive.
8. Anti-scratch coating
Our flooring comes with nine coatings of scratch protection, making it very resistant to marks.
9. Ease of Transport
Eco Bamboo Africa transports products to anywhere in Africa and the rest of the world and the stock travels in bond.
We take a lot of pride in our green credentials and have therefore partnered with an leader in the bamboo industry, Bamboo Warehouse, which has more than 10 years experience in the industry. The below articles provide some more insight into how our bamboo is sourced:
"Rest assured, our bamboo is sourced from reputable manufacturers that ensure that the bamboo is harvested and processed using the most eco friendly practices with as little impact on the environment as absolutely possible. Here, we take a look at some of the eco friendly processing practices our bamboo manufacturers are using in China."
Full article: We’re Seriously Committed to Eco Friendly
"The factories that process the bamboo into flooring, bamboo decking, countertops etc. are situated right in the bamboo jungles which means that transportation from the jungle to the factory is kept to a minimum. The factories are exceptionally clean and the processing machinery is powered mainly by steam that is generated from bamboo waste."
Full article: Is Bamboo Flooring Really an Eco Friendly Option?