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Bamboo flooring can be made from many different species of bamboo with differing properties, but Moso bamboo is the most popular high-quality option. Harvested at its peak density at 5-6 years of age, it is harder than even maple and oak hardwoods. Engineered bamboo (also called stranded bamboo) flooring material is more durable than natural bamboo, but is highly processed from its natural state, being stripped, boiled, cut, bonded and pressed. Lighter-colored bamboo is harder than darker bamboo, as the carbonization process used to darken the wood makes it softer.


Mark D. Elwell, owner and operator of Bamboo Flooring Hawaii in Honolulu, says there are over 1,000 types of bamboo species, but Moso bamboo is a good one to look out for. “There are some stores selling very cheap, immature bamboo flooring that is coated with only a few coats of finish that are unfortunately giving bamboo flooring a bad name,” he says. “We tell people you get what you pay for, and make sure you are comparing apples to apples when you are buying your flooring. Be educated, and ask about the bamboo maturity, finishes, and warranties.”


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo bellburgmaggie All, whether you purchase bamboo or hardwood, you should have the flooring delivered and it should sit in the house between 2 weeks to one month before installation. That is to allow the flooring to acclimate to the house. I did this (it was painful waiting) and I've never had an issue with my flooring shrinking or expanding. Bamboo is a renewable flooring and it is considered more eco friendly. Whether a flooring is going to last depends on the finish. If you have kids, dogs and think you will be hard on the flooring consider installing a distressed flooring whether in wood or bamboo. It's much more forgiving to kids, pets, etc. 1 Like Bookmark February 4, 2016 at 11:00AM


bellburgmaggie All, whether you purchase bamboo or hardwood, you should have the flooring delivered and it should sit in the house between 2 weeks to one month before installation. That is to allow the flooring to acclimate to the house. I did this (it was painful waiting) and I've never had an issue with my flooring shrinking or expanding. Bamboo is a renewable flooring and it is considered more eco friendly. Whether a flooring is going to last depends on the finish. If you have kids, dogs and think you will be hard on the flooring consider installing a distressed flooring whether in wood or bamboo. It's much more forgiving to kids, pets, etc. 1 Like Bookmark February 4, 2016 at 11:00AM


bellburgmaggie All, whether you purchase bamboo or hardwood, you should have the flooring delivered and it should sit in the house between 2 weeks to one month before installation. That is to allow the flooring to acclimate to the house. I did this (it was painful waiting) and I've never had an issue with my flooring shrinking or expanding. Bamboo is a renewable flooring and it is considered more eco friendly. Whether a flooring is going to last depends on the finish. If you have kids, dogs and think you will be hard on the flooring consider installing a distressed flooring whether in wood or bamboo. It's much more forgiving to kids, pets, etc.


All, whether you purchase bamboo or hardwood, you should have the flooring delivered and it should sit in the house between 2 weeks to one month before installation. That is to allow the flooring to acclimate to the house. I did this (it was painful waiting) and I've never had an issue with my flooring shrinking or expanding. Bamboo is a renewable flooring and it is considered more eco friendly. Whether a flooring is going to last depends on the finish. If you have kids, dogs and think you will be hard on the flooring consider installing a distressed flooring whether in wood or bamboo. It's much more forgiving to kids, pets, etc.


Both hardwood and bamboo have similar maintenance needs. Both should be damp mopped regularly or vacuumed without the use of a beater or bristle bar to prevent scratches. The biggest advantage of hardwood is that it can be sanded down and refinished more times than bamboo, particularly if the wood is solid. Solid hardwood can be refinished more than engineered hardwood. Bamboo can only be refinished once or twice before the veneer 2 wears through. Therefore, hardwood can last up to 100 years, while bamboo lasts roughly 25 - 35 years.


MaintenanceBoth hardwood and bamboo have similar maintenance needs. Both should be damp mopped regularly or vacuumed without the use of a beater or bristle bar to prevent scratches. The biggest advantage of hardwood is that it can be sanded down and refinished more times than bamboo, particularly if the wood is solid. Solid hardwood can be refinished more than engineered hardwood. Bamboo can only be refinished once or twice before the veneer 2 wears through. Therefore, hardwood can last up to 100 years, while bamboo lasts roughly 25 - 35 years.


Bamboo is often sold and grouped with true hardwoods, but it’s actually a type of fast-growing grass of which there are more than 1000 species. Not all species are made into bamboo floors, however, and it is difficult to tell which type you may be purchasing. Hardwood flooring may be made of a solid piece of wood or it may be engineered with several layers of plywood 1 beneath a hardwood veneer 2. Bamboo is always used as a veneer 2 on top of a plywood 1 core. While bamboo flooring, as we know it today, is fairly new, it is actually one of the oldest materials known to man, giving it just as long - if not longer - a reputation as hardwood. Below, we’ll outline the basic differences between these two materials so you can make a more informed choice.


Good quality bamboo flooring can compete with expensive hardwood flooring in terms of durability and appearance. Modern processing techniques allow for all sorts of colors and textures. In terms of comparing hardness between bamboo and hardwood flooring, bamboo is the cheaper option. Because it is a grass, bamboo performs slightly better than wood in terms of repelling moisture and mold growth.


Bamboo is very attractive alternative to traditional hardwood floors. These floors are known for their strength and durability and also their resistance to bugs and water. The hardness of bamboo planks can start at 1,500 (carbonized horizontal) on the Janka hardness scale, and newer manufacturing methods like strand woven bamboo flooring can score upwards of 4,000. These impressive numbers indicate that strand woven bamboo is several times harder than oak, maple and Brazilian cherry.   Bamboo comes in a variety of styles and construction that are comparable to hardwood


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo tatts But, jmm1837, you made a blanket statement "I think bamboo would be more problematic." Now, in your reply to my question, you make statements about bamboo that are exactly the same as can be made for wood floors (some are harder some are softer, some use formaldehyde others don't, all bamboo flooring is not the same). Nothing you said gives any reason why "bamboo would be more problematic". The softest bamboo floors are typically much harder than oak. If you're concerned about formaldehyde you should ask that about any building material, especially engineered wood floors. The fact is that bamboo is a perfectly serviceable material with the same available finishes as on wood and the same wear guarantees as wood. There are wide ranges in all aspects of all floors. 2 Likes Bookmark February 4, 2016 at 5:06AM


tatts But, jmm1837, you made a blanket statement "I think bamboo would be more problematic." Now, in your reply to my question, you make statements about bamboo that are exactly the same as can be made for wood floors (some are harder some are softer, some use formaldehyde others don't, all bamboo flooring is not the same). Nothing you said gives any reason why "bamboo would be more problematic". The softest bamboo floors are typically much harder than oak. If you're concerned about formaldehyde you should ask that about any building material, especially engineered wood floors. The fact is that bamboo is a perfectly serviceable material with the same available finishes as on wood and the same wear guarantees as wood. There are wide ranges in all aspects of all floors. 2 Likes Bookmark February 4, 2016 at 5:06AM


tatts But, jmm1837, you made a blanket statement "I think bamboo would be more problematic." Now, in your reply to my question, you make statements about bamboo that are exactly the same as can be made for wood floors (some are harder some are softer, some use formaldehyde others don't, all bamboo flooring is not the same). Nothing you said gives any reason why "bamboo would be more problematic". The softest bamboo floors are typically much harder than oak. If you're concerned about formaldehyde you should ask that about any building material, especially engineered wood floors. The fact is that bamboo is a perfectly serviceable material with the same available finishes as on wood and the same wear guarantees as wood. There are wide ranges in all aspects of all floors.