April 27, 2023
Bamboo cheaper than wood explained
- Bamboo is a grass and grows extremely fast. It can reach maturity within 5 years, compared to hardwood trees that can take over 30 years to fully mature. This means that bamboo is more abundant and easier to grow than hardwood, making the crop much cheaper.
- The grass root of bamboo can self re-generate. This means that once the bamboo forest has been harvested, the bamboo will continue to re-grow, eliminating the need for re-planting. Once hardwood trees have been harvested the whole forest would need re-planting which can be time consuming and costly.
- Bamboo is an extremely sustainable crop, which is self-sufficient and easy to look after and harvest. It grows abundantly and quickly, making it one of the most cost effective natural flooring materials. Some types of hardwood can be more expensive depending on how rare they are. For example, solid Walnut flooring can be as expensive as £70 per m²
Installation costs of bamboo flooring vs wood flooringInstallation costs for both bamboo flooring and hardwood flooring should be around the same price. It will obviously depend on whether you choose tongue and groove or click fitting flooring, and the type of subfloor that you have.
Reasons to choose bamboo flooringOther than bamboo flooring being more cost effective than hardwood, there are also some great advantages of bamboo:
- Sustainable and environmentally friendly.
- Durable and hardwearing. Strand woven bamboo is over twice as hard as Oak.
- Can be used with underfloor heating.
- Can be installed in various ways – floated or fixed into position.
- Variety of different colour and style options.
- Easy to look after.
- Hygienic and great for allergy sufferers.