Today is Earth Day 2022. The theme this year is Invest in Our Planet.
At House of Bamboo we’ve been doing exactly that since 1972. It was the day we first started investing in our planet’s most incredible and amazing plant – bamboo.
Bamboo gives back to the earth more than it takes. So bamboo invests in the planet too. When it puts down its shoots into the ground, it begins right away producing 35% more oxygen than trees, storing 4 times more carbon. It takes virtually no pesticides or fertilisers to grow and it draws very little water. Its hearty root system prevents soil erosion. Because bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, it is ready for harvesting in as little as 3 years. Unlike trees that can take up to 20-30 years to reach maturity using up many of the Earth’s precious resources as they grow. When you harvest bamboo you do not need to replant it, as it simply grows back again from the same root system. Bamboo is never clear felled like timber so the bamboo forest is always there.
Because bamboo is so light, it can be harvested by hand and transported by simple, environmentally conscious means such by cart or even on horseback. No large, diesel fume spewing trucks or tractors are involved in the harvest of bamboo so it cares for the earth even more.
You can do your share of investing in our planet by choosing bamboo for your next project. Whether it’s something as simple as replacing or updating a fence at home, putting in a feature wall, new flooring or building a deck, you can choose bamboo for every one of these projects. And now, more than ever, you can use bamboo in construction projects as well.
In fact today, almost anything you can make out of timber, can be made out of bamboo. It is lighter with greater tensile strength than steel. And it brings not just natural beauty but strength and style to any home or commercial building.
Invest in your home – planet! The Earth. Invest in bamboo and the earth will thank you, not just today, but forever.
Photographer: Justus Menke, Chuttersnap
50 & Beyond – Event Photos
In February this year, House of Bamboo turned 50. From humble roots back in 1972, the company has grown into one of the most innovative and sustainable player in the industry guided by the leadership and expertise of Jennifer Snyders. To celebrate, we invited friends, colleagues, loyal clients and like-minded professionals to visit our transformed showroom in Botany and embark on a sensory journey through space and time.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us for this unique event, from clients who have trusted us for decades and original staff members from the 80s to the architects and designers who visited our showroom for the first time. We feel privileged to have such a supportive network and truly believe the best is yet to come.
If you would like to experience our showroom for yourself, we look forward to welcoming you at 13 Erith Street in Botany, Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm or on Saturday between 9am and 1pm.
Photographer: My Eye Photography
Style Guide – Timber Slats
Functional, elegant and sustainable, timber slats tick all the boxes of a popular cladding, fencing and screening solution.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, slatted screens and individual battens are being used on walls, ceilings, doors, fences and screens by influential architects and designers.
Find inspiration with these four beautiful designs by female Australian architects and designers and contact us about using bamboo timber slats and slatted screens in your projects.
Peacock Street – Brave New Eco
For this extensive renovation in Brunswick West, Brave New Eco made the kitchen the focal point of the home thanks to a mix of bright colours and timber slats that add texture and warmth.
To find out more about bamboo timber slats and slatted cladding, get in touch with House of Bamboo® Design Consultants here.
5 Bespoke Solutions For Unique Projects By Remarkable Women
To celebrate International’s Women’s Day, we put the spotlight on female Architects, Interior and Industrial Designers who are shaking and shaping the future of the industry for the better.
In addition to being a female-led company, driven by the passionate Jennifer Snyders, we are fortunate to work with some of the most established and promising women in the Architecture and Design world.
Here are a few women-led projects we had the privilege to collaborate on and develop bespoke solutions for.
Maxine Scalabrino of Fine Architects – Randwick Balustrade
For this elegant apartment block in Randwick, Maxine Scalabrino of Fine Architects was looking for a balustrading solution that could meet standards safety requirements but have a warm and natural finish. We developed a stainless steel reinforced bamboo timber screen that could be front fixed or staked in thanks to spigots which became our Sorrento product.
Jo Taylor Design – Elanora Heights Project
Jo Taylor created Jo Taylor Design in 1983 and has been designing spaces that are “beautiful yet comfortable, practical yet inviting” ever since. For this property in Elanora Heights, the client needed privacy and shading for a large wrap around balcony. Using two different profiles of bamboo timber slats, louvred and slatted, we were able to deliver on both aspects of the brief while keeping the design coherent and harmonious.
Jessica Leckie of Woolworths Food Group – Glenrose Health and Wellness Concept
As part of their continued mission to grow toward a greener future, Woolworths Food Group have started including bamboo in the design of their new Health & Wellness concepts. Jessica Leckie, Industrial Designer at Woolworths Food Group was instrumental in the push for bamboo and worked in collaboration with our team to design bespoke engineered bamboo cladding solutions that embody the brand’s mission.
“When selecting finishes for this concept, we endeavoured to communicate our brand values. As a renewable resource, bamboo is aligned with our mission to contribute to a sustainable future and it aligns to our Health & Wellness customers’ values. The use of this material also aligns with the increased use of bamboo we are seeing in health and beauty accessories such as bamboo toothbrushes, gloves, combs etc. ”
Kristine Yeats of KY design&more – Hayman Spa
Before working on our extensive Sydney showroom renovation, Kristine Yeats first used bamboo timber for another ambitious renovation project: Hayman Island Resort. Part of the $135 million refurbishment focused on Hayman Spa for which Kristine commissioned bespoke grey-washed bamboo louvres and slats from House of Bamboo®. The result is a space that is contemporary, yet relaxing, proof that a natural material such as bamboo has its place in modern designs.
Jennifer Snyders of House of Bamboo® – Custom Pool Boundary Fence
Our client wanted a natural looking pool boundary fence with horizontal slats that could not be climbable so House of Bamboo® CEO Jennifer Snyders crafted a custom version of a standard louvered screen that had a 60 degrees angle to meet the required safety standards for pool certification.
We always do our uttermost to understand a brief and can custom make the right product that will tick all your boxes. Get in touch today to find out more about the timber of tomorrow.
Innovating With Natural Materials – 4 Women To Watch
Natural materials have been around for centuries. Hemp was found in French ruins dating back to the 6th century, bamboo has been used as a building material in China for 7,000 years while thatch has been used on roofs since as early as 5000 BC.
Today, faced with the limits of the linear economy (take, make, waste) and alarming facts about the amount of waste the construction industry produces (40% of all global waste), Architects and Designers are going back to natural materials in an effort to switch to a circular economy (take, make, reuse).
Four women are breaking the mold and crafting mind blowing creations with some of the oldest materials in the world: bamboo and rattan.
Elora Hardy – Bali
Bamboo is a family passion in the Hardy family. John Hardy is the creator of The Green Village and the Green School in Bali and his children Elora and Orin have each built on their father’s passion and created their own businesses: Ibuku for Elora and Bamboo U for Orin.
Ibuku’s mission is to innovate with natural materials to connect people with nature. The extraordinary buildings they craft almost exclusively out of bamboo are designed to wonder. With her team of Architects and Designers, Elora keeps exploring groundbreaking ways to use bamboo as a building material for houses, bridges, auditoriums, schools, hotels and more.
“Bamboo might not be for everyone, but there’s enough bamboo for everyone”.
Yasmeen Lari – Pakistan
Yasmeen Lari was the first Pakistani female architect. She rose to fame in the 80s with a series of prestigious state commissions before distancing herself from the industry in the early 2000 to focus on writing. But in 2005, a devastating earthquake killed 80,000 Pakistanis and displaced 400,000 families. Determined to help, she tirelessly taught locals how to rebuild their homes using mud, stone and wood, convinced that giving them something to do would also help them recover from the trauma.
She then started developing low cost, low waste, earthquake resistant structures using cross-braced bamboo frameworks and teaching local communities how to build them. Her prototypes were tested at the University of Karachi and found to be capable of withstanding an earthquake more than six times the strength of the 1995 Kobe disaster. She was awarded the prestigious Jane Drew Prize in 2020 as recognition of her trailblazing humanitarian work.
‘It’s not only the right of the elite to have good design”
Aurelie Hoegy – France & Mexico
Aurelie Hoegy is fascinated with movement and sustainable materials. Working from her Parisian atelier, she travels between Bali and Mexico to learn from rattan masters and collaborate on projects. Her latest project, Wild Fibres, is a range of meticulously crafted and sculptural furniture that celebrates the fluidity of rattan.
“Rattan is probably one of the most amazing materials I’ve worked with so far. It’s exceptionally flexible, soft, and extremely rigid when attached to each other. Rattan is definitely alive.”
Jennifer Snyders – Australia
Jennifer’s father, Mark, started importing bamboo products to Australia in 1972. After studying architecture, Jennifer realised bamboo’s untapped potential was a game changer for the building industry. She joined the business and developed it into the trailblazing brand it is today.
As CEO, she continues to push the boundaries of what bamboo can do, cementing House of Bamboo® as the key player in the industry. She champions the principles of a circular economy and campaigns to make bamboo the new timber. She is passionate about creating an agricultural and manufacturing bamboo industry in Australia and founded The Bamboo Choice, an agronomy and product consulting business to further this aim.
“By choosing bamboo, you are helping support sustainable construction practices, preserve our environment and improve biodiversity. In a time where our decisions and actions matter more than ever, House of Bamboo®’s mission is to facilitate this choice by providing elegant and sustainable design solutions.”
At a time where the impact of our design decisions matters more than ever, female architects and designers around the world are leading the way in using natural materials in unusual and innovative ways. All we need for this shift to have the impact it deserves, is for the industry to embrace natural materials as legitimate building solutions.
To find out how to incorporate more natural materials in your designs, get in touch with House of Bamboo® Design Consultants here.
How To Transform An Old Timber Fence
Timber fences are a convenient fencing solution but they tend to deteriorate with age. Instead of replacing the fence which is costly and labour intensive, why not cover it? This allows you to retain its structural ability and apply any finish you like to hide its tired look. Whether you prefer an organic or contemporary finish, there are several natural materials you can consider to cover an old tired fence, starting with bamboo rod screens and slatted bamboo timber screens.
For this project, the owner had spent a lot on their new pool but the existing timber fence was too low to meet the requirements for pool boundary fence certification and its old tired look contrasted with the modern finish of the pool.
They did not want to replace the fence but just to increase its height and refresh its look.
House of Bamboo solution
The black rod bamboo fencing was a perfect, relatively inexpensive solution whereby the customer could use the existing fence yet clad it so it complimented the beautiful surrounds and also meet the requirements for pool fencing certification.
AFTER: The same fence clad in our natural, sustainable black bamboo
How to install bamboo rod screens
Bamboo screens are easy to install by fixing batons to your existing fence and screwing our black bamboo rod screens to those. They come as a 1200 mm roll with either 1800 or 2400 mm height and are joined with quality stainless steel wire making them suitable for coastal properties exposed to salt water.
See our video for more detailed installation help, or call us on 1300 665 703 for a quote to install yours.
Organic black bamboo fencing contrasts beautifully with light coloured pavers but if you prefer a more contemporary look, slatted bamboo timber fencing could be the perfect solution to upgrade a basic timber fence.
To view more contemporary fence transformations, click here and see how engineered bamboo fencing can help you refresh an ugly timber fence and improve the look of your outdoor space.
The Complete Guide to Bamboo Flooring Maintenance
You’ve recently installed a new bamboo floor in your house, extremely pleased with how it complements your furniture, walls, and overall interior design. You’re also satisfied with bamboo’s durability, lasting more than typical hardwoods like maple and oak. Now, you’re probably wondering about how exactly you can maintain them to continuously enjoy their numerous benefits. Cleaning bamboo flooring is relatively easy. However, you should know that there’s more to it than sweeping and mopping, especially if you want to keep the bamboo looking its best. Read on to learn everything you need to know about proper bamboo flooring maintenance.
How to Clean Bamboo Flooring
Consider the Type of Bamboo Floor You Have
Before you start cleaning your bamboo floor, you should first know what exact kind of flooring you have. Research about its specific construction, strand, and finish type. This will help you determine special cleaning tools and methods to use based on the type you have. There are typically five main types of bamboo flooring: horizontal, vertical, strand woven, click-fitting, and tongue & groove bamboo. Both horizontal and vertical strand bamboo are softer and can easily be dented so you have to use a gentle cleaning approach. Strand woven bamboo, on the other hand, is much durable and far more versatile than horizontal or vertical bamboo flooring.
Gather All the Tools Needed
Now that you’ve determined the type of bamboo floor you have, you can start looking for the appropriate cleaning and maintenance tools.
• Floor Protection
The key to proper bamboo flooring maintenance is consistency. You’ll need to regularly scrub and clean the floor to keep it looking new and polished. However, all of your efforts will be useless if you don’t invest in good floor protection. Make sure you cover all your furniture legs—whether it’s the smallest stool or the grandest piano—with rubber cups, felt pads, mesh rubber shelf liner, or coasters. These floor protective products can keep your bamboo floor from looking faded and worn out, especially if you constantly move furniture to clean large areas of your house. They also prevent denting, gouging, and scratching of your bamboo floor.
If you’re planning to clean a small area of the floor, it’s perfectly fine to use a traditional bristle broom to keep away dust and dirt. However, for thorough cleaning, you might have more luck using a microfiber dust mop. This special broom is designed with a flexible microfiber head which successfully lifts all the dust, grime, and hair stuck on your bamboo flooring. It’s far more effective in keeping your floor clean than an ordinary broom that tends to just push the dirt.
The best (and fastest) way to achieve a clean bamboo floor is to invest in a high-quality vacuum with enough suction power. You can simply turn the machine and let it do the job for you—get rid of dirt, grit, and sand off your bamboo flooring.
Tip: Do you have pets? Look for a vacuum model specifically designed to pick up small pet hairs.
Like vacuums, you should purchase a high-quality mop that can save you time in cleaning your bamboo floor. So skip the typical string mop and invest in one made of microfiber! This type of mop features a flat head to cover a large surface area and remove most dampness from your bamboo floor in just one swipe. Just make sure to look for one with a sturdy handle, minimal parts, and a washable head to ensure it will last you for a long-time.
Choose the Right Bamboo Floor Cleaning Products
Aside from the tools, you also need to buy the appropriate bamboo floor cleaning products. Generally, you can safely use hardwood cleaners on your bamboo flooring. However, most of these products are actually harmful to your floor as they are far too acidic or alkaline. To know if a specific cleaner is safe for your floor, read the packaging carefully. If the cleaner contains pH-neutral ingredients, you’ll be ensured that it would not harm your floor finish and preserve it instead. House of Bamboo offers a 100% environment-friendly bamboo cleaners that can effectively remove dirt, grease, and other kinds of stains. Lastly, you should dilute concentrated bamboo floor cleaners with distilled water. This reduces the risk of staining or worse, warping your floor.
Tip: Are you planning to clean a small surface on your floor? It’s recommended to only use a spritz of water for spot-cleaning. You should reserve bamboo floor cleaners for disinfecting and deep cleaning purposes.
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean Bamboo Floors
Once you’ve invested in the right cleaning tools, it’s time to start the actual cleaning of your bamboo floor. Follow these simple steps to maintain the sheen and colour of your floor.
1. Place Floor Protection on Your Furniture
Before cleaning the bamboo floor, make sure you have installed floor protection on all of your furniture. Doing so would not only prevent scratches and damage on the floor during deep cleaning days but it also helps you slide bulky items easily. If you’re cleaning a cramped space full of furniture, it’s best to move all of them on one side of the room, clean the empty floor space, and repeat the process until you have scrubbed the whole room’s floor area.
2. Clean the Floor Using Your Vacuum or Dust Mop
Once the floor protective products are properly secured to your furniture, it’s time to sweep away the dirt and other particulates on your bamboo floor using a soft-bristled broom, dust mop, or a vacuum. You can make great progress in cleaning by following the grain of bamboo. You should also thoroughly clean the plank joints of your bamboo floor where stubborn dirt likes to hide.
Tip: Are you using a vacuum to clean your bamboo flooring? Make sure to check the machine’s wheels for lodged dirt, gravel, or sand. If you find them stuck on the wheels, clean them out first as they can scratch the finish of your floors.
3. Remove Dried Spills or Stains
After sweeping or vacuuming, you should look out for areas on the floor with dried spills or stains. If you find one. Clean them immediately with a lightly damped sponge or a microfiber towel. Wipe the spill area to remove the remaining dirt. If the damp cloth is not enough to remove the stains, you can add a small amount of approved bamboo cleaning solution to the cloth. Then proceed to gently rub the area to get rid of the stains. Lastly, use water to dampen a clean cloth then use it to wipe away the cleaning solution from the area.
4. Soak the Bamboo Floor with a Damp Mop
Once the floor is clear of any dirt, grime, and stains, you can now mop your bamboo floor. Wet your mop using a bamboo cleaning solution then dry it until it’s barely damp. Then start to mop the floor in gentle, straight patterns—ideally following the texture of the bamboo. After mopping, you should wipe the floor dry with a clean, soft towel in order to avoid staining the bamboo.
5. Consider Spot Cleaning
While deep cleaning ensures your bamboo floor would look its best, it’s also tiring and time-consuming. You should try regular spot cleaning as it’s actually the best way to keep your flooring new and shining. Clean bamboo floors regularly to prevent the build-up of dirt. In fact, you should sweep high-traffic areas in your house (living room, kitchen, hallways) daily as walked-on dirt can cause minor scratches on your bamboo floor. In addition, if a spill occurs, make sure to quickly wipe it away to ensure that the water does not soak into the flooring. Lastly, apply a cleaning oil on the surface of your bamboo floor to enhance its colour, grain, and durability. WOCA Oil, a water-based oil mainly used in outdoor bamboo decking, forms a strong water and dirt-repellent surface which protects your floor from particulates.
Proper Bamboo Floor Maintenance: 5 Things to Avoid
By now, you already know how to properly clean your bamboo floor. However, you should also know some preventative measures in order to keep your bamboo looking great for years to come. Here are the common mistakes you should avoid to prevent irreparable and costly damage to your flooring.
1. Abrasive Cleaning Tools
Bamboo is a far more durable and resilient flooring material than hardwood. However, it is still susceptible to scratching just like ordinary wooden floors. That’s why it’s best to avoid using any cleaning tool that has a rough or abrasive brush. Get rid of the scrubbing sponge and use a soft cloth instead to clean your bamboo floors. Make sure to follow the same rule when choosing the kind of broom, mop, or vacuum you’ll use.
2. Heavyweight Vacuums
Aside from using a mop with soft fibers, you should also consider its weight. Avoid using a heavy vacuum as it can cause dents and wheel tracks on your bamboo floor overtime. You should also look out for mops with a beater bar which leaves great damage to your floor. Instead, purchase a lightweight vacuum that can be easily lifted with a removable or no beater bar.
3. Wax and Oil Soap
Do not bother to use wax or oil soap when cleaning your bamboo floors! Save yourself the trouble by keeping them for your car instead. Wax simply doesn’t do anything on your bamboo floor. In fact, it can even make your floors look more dirty instead of cleaner. Oil soap products, on the other hand, strip away the protective layer of bamboo planks, leaving your bamboo floors permanently weakened. For a safe alternative, opt to use a pH-balanced cleaning product to keep your bamboo floors attractive.
4. Excessive Water or Bamboo Floor Cleaner
Avoid mopping the floors with a completely soaked mop as it can cause distortion, staining, and warping on your bamboo floor. Before mopping, ensure that the mop is completely wrung out first to prevent excess water or bamboo floor cleaner dripping on the floor.
5. Steam Mop
You should also never use a steam mop to clean your bamboo floor! The mop contains heat which pushes moisture deep into the bamboo planks, causing irreparable water damage faster than a forgotten water spill. Use a typical string mop or better yet, invest in a mop with a flathead and strips of microfiber. Maintaining bamboo floors might seem easy but you have to put in extra effort and follow cleaning steps thoroughly. You also need to invest in quality cleaning tools and products in order to enjoy your bamboo flooring for as long as possible.
Want to learn more on how to properly maintain your bamboo floors? House of Bamboo, Australia’s leading supplier of high-quality and sustainable bamboo flooring, can assist you. Having been established in 1972, we love helping our clients build or renovate their dream home using sustainable materials. Contact us today for assistance.
How To Cover Your Colourbond Fence
Colourbond fences are a convenient fencing solution but their industrial look is not for everyone. Whether you prefer an organic or contemporary finish, there are several natural materials you can consider to cover your Colourbond fence, starting with bamboo rod screens and slatted bamboo timber screens.
One of our clients had a few issues with his Colorbond fence and needed to find a solution that addressed all of them.
For this project, the owner had spent a lot on building a new pool and then tiling the surrounds with travertine.
As the project developed, the unattractive Colorbond fence started to become more and more of an eyesore.
They did not want to replace the fence. They also had to raise it slightly due to the tiling. The fence then did not meet pool certification regarding height.
House of Bamboo solution
The black rod bamboo fencing was a perfect, relatively inexpensive solution whereby the customer could use the existing fence yet clad it so it complimented the beautiful surrounds and also meet pool requirements.
AFTER: The same fence clad in our natural, sustainable black bamboo
How to install bamboo rod fencing
It’s so easy to install by fixing batons to your existing Colorbond fence and screwing our black bamboo rod screens to those! They come as a 1200 mm roll with either 1800 or 2400 mm height and are joined with quality stainless steel wire.
See our video for more detailed installation help, or call us on 1300 665 703 for a quote to install yours.
Organic black bamboo fencing contrasts beautifully with light coloured pavers but if you prefer a more contemporary look, slatted bamboo timber fencing could be the perfect solution to get your pool certified while giving a modern finish to your pool area.
To view more contemporary fence transformations, click here and see how engineered bamboo fencing can help you improve the look of your outdoor space while getting your pool certified.
Bamboo Flooring: A Look at the Pros and Cons of this Natural Flooring Solution
More and more homeowners now think about sustainability when renovating or building a home resulting into the increased popularity of bamboo as one of the most viable flooring options. In a short time, the shift in customer behaviour has catapulted bamboo to the top of the list of wood flooring solutions. Similar to the traditional materials used in homes – granite, marble and hardwood – bamboo is a natural product. Although it shares many similarities with hardwood, it is a type of grass that can outperform its wood competitors . The more you understand the many properties of bamboo, the more informed you will be when deciding whether a bamboo flooring will work with your lifestyle. So, to get you started, here are the pros and cons of bamboo flooring.
How is Bamboo Flooring Made?
All bamboo flooring is engineered. After harvesting, bamboo shoots are cut, sliced and shredded into long thin strips before they are pressed back together using adhesives and pressure. The end result is a long-lasting wood flooring that is visually similar to hardwood. There are three common types of bamboo flooring.
Vertical bamboo is distinguished by its uniform and textured look, with more seams and edges visible. Horizontal bamboo, on the other hand, resembles a typical hardwood only it has distinct knuckles that will tell it is bamboo. Strand woven are fibres that are compressed through the compression process and bound with a resin.
5 Factors That Affect The Quality Of Bamboo Flooring
Although bamboo floors may appear to be identical, there are actually several differences that set each other apart – and as a provider of sustainable bamboo materials since 1972, we believe that the overall quality of bamboo start with the harvesting, followed by other important factors.
Harvesting: While bamboo reaches full height in as little as 3 to 4 months, it still takes at least 5 years to achieve its peak density and hardness. Thus, when harvested prematurely, the result is a weaker bamboo flooring. Drying: Since bamboo largely thrive in sub-tropical environments, it needs to be artificially dried to help it achieve the appropriate moisture content. This process aids in preventing shrinkage of the finished product. Adhesive: The glue used in high-quality bamboo flooring is a phenolic resin which has low toxicity and meets world health requirements. In cheaper bamboo flooring, a phenol or urea-based adhesive is used as it is lower in cost and contains some amount of formaldehyde. FSC-Certification: An FSC-certification indicates the bamboo flooring manufacturer values sustainability. It gives you the assurance that you are purchasing FSC-certified material that used bamboo harvested from sustainably managed forests. Possible Green-Washing: Sadly, greenwashing is widely prevalent even in the bamboo flooring industry due to bamboo’s emerging market potential. Aside from the potentially misleading information, this increase in popularity also brings about a market competition that provides varying floor prices.
Advantages of Bamboo Flooring
Eco-Friendly Bamboo is a highly renewable resource that can reach full maturity in as little as five to seven years. It means that bamboo can be harvested more often than any hardwood tree that can take up to 20 years before it matures – and since bamboo is a grass, it continues to grow without the need for replanting.
Natural Material As homeowners become more eco-conscious, the demand for construction products that reflect their values have reached an all-time high – and bamboo consistently proves to be a better and natural flooring alternative that offers distinct results unfitting for the cookie cutter world.
Easy to Maintain Bamboo flooring is relatively low maintenance – with regular sweeping and mopping, you can keep it clean and looking great for years. All you need is a mild soap or a vinegar-water solution to mop the floor with or if you want to level things up, you can also use a specific bamboo floor cleanser.
Durable Some certain types of bamboo can be remarkably strong and durable. In particular, when properly harvested and processed, natural and un-carbonized bamboo can last as long as hardwood floors, while strand-woven bamboo can be far harder than that.
Stylish Although similar to hardwood in appearance and feel, bamboo flooring still has an exceptional flair – not to mention, a sleek finish – that fits well to a clean and modern aesthetic. Its contemporary appeal has the ability to elevate any space almost instantly.
Variety Another benefit of bamboo flooring is that it comes in a wide range of styles and colours. A natural bamboo is light yellow in colour, but when carbonized, it lends a darker colour to the floor. Stained bamboo, on the other hand, can be made to create abstract streaks in different shades.
Refinishing Potential Over time, bamboo floors can become discoloured, dented and scratched, creating bumps and crevices. But, it’s comforting to know that the surface can be refinished whenever needed, providing a new and even look to the flooring again.
Pest Resistant Bamboo is naturally immune to insects thus, bamboo floors generally don’t require pesticides to keep the residence free of ten
NOTE: Bamboo is resistant to water due to the polycarbonate coating applied otherwise it will respond the same as any timber floor.
Price The sustainability of bamboo allows the material to be priced considerably lower than traditional hardwood floors, making it a cheaper option for budget-wise re-modelers. It is typically priced at $60 – $80sqm per square foot. However, you have to take note that cheaper isn’t always better, so it best to do your research first.
Disadvantages of Bamboo Flooring
Prone to Scratches Although durable, any type of bamboo flooring is susceptible to dents and scratches. Sharp objects such as heeled shoes, furniture legs and pet nails can scratch the floor, as can the dust that accumulate in the floor. But, as mentioned earlier, the damage can be remedied by refinishing the surface.
Water Damage Potential When under normal conditions, bamboo is as water-resistant as traditional hardwood flooring. But, it still is a natural material and prolonged exposure to moisture can result to warping, discolouration and mould growth.
Sensitivity to Humidity In the same manner, bamboo floors can be vulnerable to environments that are too dry or too humid. Dry air can result to shrinking of the bamboo planks while humid air can plump them up. Either way, the planks will likely crack and split.
Potential Lack of Hardness If bamboo isn’t allowed to fully mature before it is harvested, the flooring will be soft and non-durable. Likewise, darker bamboo planks are typically softer, as the carbonization process they have gone through can weaken them structurally.
Style Limitations Although the contemporary look of bamboo is the factor that makes it an ideal option for most homeowners, it is the same trendy vibe that may reduce its versatility in interior designing. Its aesthetic appeal may only be suitable to modern aesthetics.
Possible Toxins Emission Low quality bamboo floors may potentially contain high levels of toxic chemicals. In most cases, the adhesive used in the manufacturing process can release VOCs or volatile organic chemicals, which over time can contribute to air pollution in the surrounding.
TIP: To ensure the safety of your family, purchase from a manufacturer that sells low-VOC products.
Lack of Grading System Most of the natural building materials available come with a grading system that rates the quality of the product. However, there is not an established grading system to rate bamboo floors yet, so there’s a higher chance that you mistakenly purchase poor quality planks. To avoid this, it is crucial to do your research on the brands you consider.
Is Bamboo For You?
Both the list of the advantages and disadvantages of bamboo flooring can go on. However, you can reduce the risk that often comes with opting for this type of flooring by responsibly selecting high-quality bamboo for your floors and maintaining them properly. At a time where the construction industry produces 40% of all global waste, natural materials are the most sustainable way to build and decorate your home.
If you’d like to discuss your residential or commercial projects with House of Bamboo Design Consultants, call 1300 665 703 or chat with us online at houseofbamboo.com.au
Traditional materials meet modern design
A growing trend in the world of architecture and design over the past few years has seen organic pole bamboo elevated to new heights. From Europe to Asia, industry leaders are turning their attention to reimagining how we view and use bamboo in the modern age. This is especially important as we look towards building and supporting global initiatives that will adapt to ongoing climate change concerns.
As a result, bamboo is taking centre stage in a range of commercial and residential builds in new and exciting ways, by using a combination of contemporary technologies and traditional techniques.
Through the clever use of pole bamboo suspended from the roof, designer Nattapon Klinsuwan has been able to both connect and divide the different serviceable areas in this Bangkok hair salon. Using a layered approach, the ceiling waterfalls down to ground level, helping to define the space and create a warm, welcoming feel. This design also addresses interior styling considerations, as the space is complete without the need for interior design additions.
Not one to be confined by traditional design and structures, Realrich Sjarief from R A W Architecture created a whimsical, dreamscape design for a residence in Indonesia. The design separates the steel plane truss roof structure and uses thousands of bamboo poles to make up a three-story building. The hero of this project is the curved façade, featuring multiple columns of bamboo, some fanning out towards the sky in a cathedral vault style. The curved nature of this design is replicated inside, which is also made entirely of bamboo.
Traditionally bamboo has been used to create low-cost homes in mainly rural areas, and recently high-end designs at the other end of the market, however, Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil believes bamboo should be seen as a ‘modern and everyday construction material just like bricks, steel or concrete’. Her proposal is to use bamboo to build permanent and comfortable contemporary homes in suburban areas by incorporating bamboo into the entire structure of her bamboo terrace homes. This includes using it for load bearing walls, balconies and roofing in an aesthetically pleasing and economical way.