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.
When it comes to renovating or building our homes, we can all agree that one of the most difficult decisions to make are which floors to lay down. There are countless different options; laminate, tiles, hardwood, carpets, bamboo. Not to mention the variance in price, advantages, shortcomings,. , an endless list! We have to take all these factors into account and play a game of risk management. Below we take a look at the benefits of laminate vs bamboo vs hardwood floors:
|Man-made artificial wood made from chip board||Bamboo is a fast growing grass that is a highly renewable resource||Traditional real wood such as oak.|
|Cheaper||Bamboo flooring is priced competitively for the quality valuing consumer. Less expensive than hardwood||Expensive.|
|Customer wanting a real wood finish but with a tight budget.||Eco savvy, and trendy this customer values quality, style and durability|| |
For customers where budget is not a factor nor the environmental impact is not a priority.
|A good laminate flooring looks almost identical to wood at a low cost||An attractive alternative. Its appearance and durability is similar and equal to that of hardwood.||Timeless and classic with the realwood feel|
|Very easy. DIY||Simple. DIY||Complex and often comes with many challenges. Professional Installation|
|Easy maintenance and cleaning.||Very little maintenace required. Extremely low maitenance long-term||Wood products required to clean, wax, oil polish and protect.|
|Laminate floor is often sealed and manufactured with products that emit high levels of formaldehyde.||Eco Bamboo Africa’s Flooring uses less than 0,2 parts per million formaldehyde and uses only dynea eco-friendly glue which conforms to the EU standards of safety.||Hardwood floor is often sealed with a coating that emits high levels of formaldehyde.|
|Artificial wood with a wide variety of made finishes available.||Ethier natural or carbonised. There are stains available but not reccommended.||Extensive range of naturally occurring and man made colours, textures and finishes available..|
|Short life span.||Proper care, Eco Bamboo flooring can last for many decades or a lifetime.||Long life span.|
|Install only laminated floor boards that have been treated with anti-termites chemicals and do not use in humid areas.||Resistant to dust mites, termites, insects and bacteria.||Because it is a natuarlal product it is vulnerable to dust mites, termites, insects and bacteria.|
|When walked on there is a very tap tap sound.||Solid sound and feel under foot.||Solid sound and feel under foot.|
We may be a little biased yet it is clear to see which product comes out on top. Our Bamboo is best!