I installed bamboo in my kitchen about 8 months ago (350 sq ft). As
for "strength" and "durability," it will dent and scratch just like the
other wood floors in your house if you drop something on it like a can
of beans or a knife- that happens in the kitchen. Most companies will
send you a sample piece if you ask. I ended up purchasing it for about
$4.50 a square foot. There are many lower priced alternatives, down to
about $2 a square foot. No problems with installation.