07:23PM | 07/13/06
Member Since: 07/12/06
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We are interested in bamboo flooring. It will be in a high trafic areas. We always thought it was durable and stronger than oak. However and seraching some websites I have seen a lot of disappointing comments. Scratches easy dents easy etc. Some say Strand is better than horizontal and verical. Carmalized is softer. Engineered is better. I am so confused.

I would just like to know what to look for. What aspects do I need for a durable bamboo floor. Thank you very much for your help


05:21PM | 07/22/06
Member Since: 10/28/05
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Engineered bamboo would probably be your most durable type of bamboo floowing for its stronger coinstruction.

You also want to choose an upper end one with a more durable wear layer, usually the most expensive in any manufacturers line.

Most consumers choose bamboo for the light weight and aesthetics.

There are some with tougher wear layers, the base construction is a softer wood and ultimate durability will always be based on the hardness of any wood, although the wear layer helps considerably.

The nature of bamboo is it is a soft product compared to oak and will get *distressed* over time unless alot of care is taken in not dropping anything on it.

The nature of any natural wood floor is that will get mildly distressed over time, needs upkeep in maitenance, and servicing to repair any areas you want to keep the perfect new look.

Wood enhances with age and the distresses are a part some people prefer over time.

Having said the above, here are some Bamboo Flooring resources you can research:

IF you want durability and the always-new-look of bamboo, you can always go with a bamboo-looking, high-durability, laminate floor.

Here are some laminate flooring manufacturer resources you can research:

I know there are a lot of choices that can be confusing.

Take your time, dont rush it, as salesmen and manufacturers as many questions as you can think of to narrow down your search.

Make a checklist of pro's and con's.

Remember this is a considerable investment and time researching and getting exactly what you want and VALUE, will be worth your efforts.


There are two ways to do any job. The right way and the wrong way. Do it right everytime.


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