Bamboo Style

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

Mark Hutchison


08 9337 4000

08 9337 4500

0438 733 313

20 Hines Road
O'Connor WA 6163

There are over 600 different types of bamboo and its been used for centuries for everything from fans to furniture. The plant itself is actually a grass, but even though it's not a tree, Bamboo is fast becoming the world's most popular alternative to conventional hardwood.

Bamboo flooring has been used internationally for years, and although it's a relatively new product here in WA, it's quickly making a big impression in the marketplace.

It first hit our shores when local company, Bamboo Style, went in search of a more durable timber flooring for heavy-duty areas. What they came back with was a good-looking, hard wearing, durable alternative to timber - Bamboo.

It competes easily with a timber floor in the looks department, and because of its strength and durability it will stay looking beautiful longer, making it ideal for high traffic and even commercial areas.

The boards themselves are three-ply cross-laminated strips of bamboo that end up 15mm thick, which is thicker than your average timber board. That way, they'll won't bend or buckle like a timber board can. And because Bamboo doesn't react to water the same way as timber, it's far more resilient to changes in temperature and moisture.

But the very best feature of Bamboo flooring, I think, is that not only does it look absolutely fantastic, it arrives at your door completely pre-finished. Its already been sanded, given three coats of polyurethane and UV cured so, essentially, all the hard work is already done, which means that installation is extra quick and extra clean.

The floor uses a straightforward tongue and groove system, and it can be floated, nailed or glued on almost any surface. There's no dust and no nasty fumes and you can walk on the floor within 24 hours.

The flooring costs around $125 per square metre, fully installed and Bamboo Style's highly skilled installation team is made up of cabinet -makers and expert woodworkers, which means that you can have your floor installed by real timber craftsmen.

The cost of a Bamboo floor is pretty much on a par with solid timber flooring, but remember you won't have to fork out extra for sanding, sealing or any further installation costs. You can install bamboo flooring yourself and it will save you some money, but having it installed professionally means that not only will you get a more professional finish, you'll also have the job done more quickly. So, there'll be less disruption of your lifestyle, and just imagine the lifestyle you could have on a floor like this.

Bamboo flooring is available in as range of blonde and coffee tones, with a gloss or matt finish. You can make an appointment to see Bamboo flooring up close, by calling Bamboo Style on 9337 4000 or on 1800 Bamboo. Or for more information just follow the links from the Home in WA website.