Apr 30, 2016 1:53 am
Trying to find out peoples experiences with bamboo and vinyl - my whole house was tiled before - it was good but a bit clinical.
I know all of the benefits of tiles, the the pros far outweigh the cons and they seem like the best option for durability and stability.
Cost is not really the problem here - Bamboo and tiles are coming in at around $95-$100m2 so very comparable.
I am reading a lot of things that are putting me off floating bamboo - mainly issues with expansion and contraction, I have heard absolute horror stories. That said the price I have for Bamboo so far is inclusive of InstaLay which I would hope eliminates most of the issues - but I'm not sure.
The third option is Vinyl planks. I know a lot of the pros of these and they are very appealing. However, I have only found one series on Vinyl that I like - Karndeen Art Select. The problem with this series, it is about $120m2, which then the value is questioned over tiles or bamboo. I have also heard that Vinyl Plank traps smells - has anyone experienced this?
Has anyone had experience with floating bamboo? Have you had issues? What underlay did you use? What brand Bamboo did you use?
Any info would be awesome!
Re: Bamboo, Tiles or Vinyl2
Apr 30, 2016 7:43 am
There is a lady on here that works for a flooring company. I think you'll find her in the subheading-flooring. I'll see if I can find the link and post it. I'm considering vinyl plank too but that price seems crazy for vinyl! We have vinyl plank here in our rental (just in kitchen and dining) it doesn't smell at all but it's only in a small space so maybe that's why? They seem cheap though and a few are lifting but could easily be re-stuck. The other issue is puncture. There is small hole in one of the planks (was there when we moved in) but again that plank would be easy to replace. I ruled out bamboo because of maintenance and cost but do love the look. Cupping seems like a fairly common issue too.
Re: Bamboo, Tiles or Vinyl3
Aug 06, 2016 5:36 pm
Now I am working in a vinyl flooring company. So I want to say something about vinyl flooring.
About smell, generally speaking, vinyl flooring is environmental. But, there are some vinyl flooring of low-end raw.
For example, some manufacturers use low-end recycled material. This kind of vinyl flooring has an unpleasant smell.
Now, my office is using vinyl flooring, my colleagues and I doesn't small that bad small.
If you want to know more pattern about vinyl flooring, you can visit the fellow website.
Re: Bamboo, Tiles or Vinyl4
Aug 08, 2016 11:55 pm
If you are choosing bamboo flooring, I would strongly advice you to check the formaldehyde levels used in your bamboo flooring. Often manufacturers who sell cheap bamboo use formaldehyde as a sealing agent which in high levels poses serious health risks - https://www.floorfurnishings.com/bamboo ... maldehyde/
Floating bamboo flooring or engineered bamboo flooring is great but the only issue is that this flooring cannot be refinished. So if you end up with a flooring in future that has scratches or dents, you wouldn't be able to refinish them and will have to replace the flooring altogether. So do keep this in mind if you are going to go for this type of flooring.
Founder of Floorfurnishings.com, a blog that provides home owners guidance on the different types of flooring to choose from.
Re: Bamboo, Tiles or Vinyl5
Aug 09, 2016 1:43 pm
yes it's best to check the product first if you're planning to use bamboo flooring, however, there are good quality bamboo products that are safe to use and pass the required tests for VOC emissions. - http://www.flooringwizards.com.au/timber/bamboo/
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