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The Difference Between Engineered Timber and Bamboo Flooring

Engineered Flooring
Posted on
March 25, 2022
by Admin

In this article we will help you understand the difference between timber and bamboo engineered flooring. We are going to look into the different and common factors and help your flooring selection.

Design

Both timber and bamboo floorings are timeless and versatile. They enable both the authentic classic look and the modern minimal interior. They suit any flooring taste and blend well, with different interior spaces. There is a wide range of layouts such as solid, parquetry, herringbone and chevron.  When it comes to selecting the flooring, it really depends on your preference.

Durability

Timber engineered floorings are water resistant and durable to wear and tear, moisture and stain. Generally, they require less maintenance. And if you look after your timber well enough, they will last for decades. Perhaps the only disadvantage of timber engineered floorings is their vulnerability to scratches from sharp objects.
Bamboo engineered floorings, on the other hand, are popular for their strength and durability in high foot traffic areas such as living rooms, kitchens and hallways. Bamboo floorings have high tensile strength and will stretch and expand over time. But if you opt for high quality bamboo flooring, they are guaranteed to last for decades.
Regardless of your selection, if you are worried about your flooring, you can do more to protect them. You may consider laying rugs on top of the floors in high foot traffic areas, particularly in areas where surface damages may be commonplace.

Structure

The material composition of timber is softer than bamboo. Therefore, timber floorings are more comfortable to walk on. They are also warmest flooring options available. In colder seasons, they preserve the heat and give the room a cosy feeling. In warmer days, they keep the heat out with their natural insulating character.
However, bamboo floorings are not as soft and warm; they have a reputation for being natural and stylish but hard and cold to walk on. This is something you should keep in mind if warmth and comfort of your floors is priority. Bamboo floorings are not recommended for bedrooms, given their cold feel in winter.
The major advantage to bamboo flooring is their natural structure. It is less likely to absorb dust which makes them perfectly hypoallergic. They are also a great option for areas susceptible to mites.

Maintenance

Maintaining your timber is easier; and that is why they are the most popular flooring. They are easy to vacuum and mop. In fact, we recommend the above as the basic cleaning routines for timber. In the long term, they may need professional service to keep their authentic feel.

Timber based floorings can be sanded and polished, when scratched or damaged. This allows the boards to maintain a new look without the need to replace the whole floor. Cleaning bamboo flooring is also easy. You can swipe and mop them on regular bases. There are special cleaning products available for bamboo flooring that can be used occasionally to give the floor boards a nice shine.

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