I installed a bamboo floor for a client about a year ago. They love
it. It's beautiful, a golden yellow that glows in the sun. I also
glued up a 103" counter top for them with the remainders.
I really liked working with it, but it tends to dull saw blades
relatively fast, and the dust can be noxious (watch for the splinters,
The nice thing about bamboo is that it is VERY a renewable
resource--they harvest a crop for making flooring every five years
(this is in China, BTW). Red oak, while also renewable, takes several
decades, and won't grow back from the roots like bamboo. Bamboo is
harder than r. oak because of the silica content, which is why it's
hard on blades.
A web search for bamboo flooring should reveal several manufacturers
and dealers in the U.S. After looking at samples and comparing prices
from several dealers, I bought mine in Cincinnati and had it shipped
to Missouri. It came in strips like hardwood flooring; nailed and
stapled to install. Installed cost was comparable to oak. I'd love
to do another one.