5 Reasons for Choosing an Eco-Friendly Bamboo Floor

Bamboo is rapidly becoming a statement floor in homes and is especially favoured among environmentally-conscious homeowners. Compared to hardwood, bamboo is considered the sustainable alternative as well as a more cost-effective option. To tell you more about the properties of bamboo, we have listed our top 5 reasons for choosing this eco-friendly floor:



  • It is a Natural Product
    Bamboo grows naturally in native soils and in the right environment, does not require any fertilisers or pesticides for growth. Bamboo also produces 30% more oxygen than a forest of hardwoods covering the same size area.

  • It Grows Faster and is More Renewable Than Trees
    The speed that bamboo grows means it is ready to be harvested every 5-7 years. As a grass, it continues to grow naturally and requires no replanting. Hardwood trees on the other hand can take up to 20 years to fully mature and once cut down, take decades to grow back.

  • A Machine-Free Harvest
    Rather than use machinery, matured bamboo is hand-picked to prevent damage to the roots. This also conserves the bamboo forests and does not damage habitats or other plant life.

  • A Versatile Option
    After opting to install bamboo in your home, you can lay it in virtually any room over any subfloor. Though not waterproof, they are resistant to water and can, therefore, be installed in moisture-prone areas, as long as all spills are wiped immediately. They are also less sensitive to atmospheric changes so are great for Australian homes as they respond well to most climates.



If you are interested in finding out more about our range of bamboo floors, speak to one of our Floormania professionals or visit us in store today.

Choosing Blackbutt Timber for Your New Floor

The Blackbutt timber species is a native hardwood commonly found on the north coast of NSW and southern parts of Queensland. It is a tough and versatile timber that comes in neutral shades to complement any interior. If you are searching for a locally sourced floor with plenty of character, look no further than Blackbutt solid timber.



Though botanically named ‘Eucalyptus Pilularis’, the common term ‘Blackbutt’ derives from the appearance of the tree. The base of the trunk is often charred black which is a distinguishing feature caused by previous bushfires. Once harvested and turned into planks, the shade is light and neutral with a golden nutty hue. The texture is even with straight grains making it an attractive choice for home flooring.



Blackbutt timber is categorised as Class 1 in Above Ground Durability. This means that it is expected to have a lifespan of more than 40 years above ground. Another test that determines durability is Janka Hardness rating. This test measures the hardness of floors where the higher the number, the more a floor can withstand wear. Blackbutt timber has a rating of 9.1. Generally, a wood that scores 8+ is considered hard which reinforces Blackbutt’s lasting durability.


Due to its strength, Blackbutt timber is ideal for both interior and exterior use, including flooring, framework and decking.



If you are a safety-conscious homeowner or happen to live near a bushfire zone, Blackbutt timber is a great material to invest in. It has been recognised and approved by the Building Commission in Victoria as 1 of 7 hardwood species that provides good resistance to fire.



Depending on the product and board width, Blackbutt timber is generally installed using the glue and secret nail method (or top nail for wide boards). Nails are discreetly inserted through the tongue of the planks at a 45-degree angle. This contributes to and maintains the aesthetic appearance of the Blackbutt timber planks.


If you are keen to find out more about our Blackbutt timber flooring, visit us online at www.floormania.com.au or visit one of our stores in Caringbah, Concord or Kensington.