Bamboo Flooring


Sorry if this is a bit OT! I'm considering installing pre-finished bamboo flooring (real, not laminate) in my "family room", and was wondering if anyone in the group had any experiance with bamboo flooring. Specifically in the areas of durability, and scratch/scuff resistance. I understand that much of this is also based on the finish...I was hoping for an "all other things being equal" type of comparison.
Any help or advice would be gratly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Hal
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snipped-for-privacy@rivergod.com wrote:

We installed it in a relative's farm house.

His has been similar to many prefinished floor products, with a bit more dentability. It will scratch, but it's a little tougher than a typical polyurethane hardwood floor, but less scratch resistant to a finish product like "Traffic".
Barry
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The distinct difference is that it is not as hydroscopic as wood products, and a more renewable resource.
As for the construction (scratch and scuff) it is based simply on it's pre-finish by the manufacturer. In that case quality counts, but the surface and wear and tear, would be equal to any other product wood or otherwise. Bare Bamboo should easily outlast bare wood!
joe

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We installed bamboo in a portion of our house 4 years ago. We used a 3-ply lamination, each piece 3.625" X 36" (I think those are the right dimensions)long, tongue and groove, and end-matched. We bought the pre-finished, natural color, horizontal layup product. We love the stuff. It's a renewable resource, feels great on bare feet, and although not impervious to scratches, chair leg denting, etc . . . it seems every bit as durable as the oak flooring in other parts of our house. We are just starting to build a new house (and a new, large shop!) and will use bamboo throughout the main floor.
From my personal experience, I highly recommend the stuff. As an added bonus, the stuff is relatively inexpensive (I just paid $2.18 per square ft.)
Rick
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I installed a bamboo floor in a client's house two years ago. They love it! It is harder than red oak due to a very high silica content.
As others have noted, it is a much more "renewable" resource--a new crop can be cut every 5 years, and it grows from the roots (can't do that with oak!).
The silica does mean it's harder on saw blades: the floor I laid was only 200 s.f. but by the time I finished the nearly-new blade I started with was beginning to burn the curf.
Oh, the stuff is just flat-out beautiful in the morning sun!
Dan
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I can relate the same experience. We love it. Rugs are around high traffic areas. The only difference in durability compared to oak is that bamboo dents easier. (dropped a fire extinguiser one day!). Mark
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: I can relate the same experience. : We love it. : Rugs are around high traffic areas. The only difference in durability : compared to oak is that bamboo dents easier. (dropped a fire extinguiser one : day!).
Non-carbonized bamboo is substantially harder than any species of oak.
See
http://www.woodfloorsonline.com/techtalk/hardns.html
    - Andy Barss
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Andrew Barss wrote:

A-ha!
Thanks, Andy.
I felt my BIL's bamboo floor was softer than typically used hardwoods, but it's carbonized, with a color similar to light walnut.
Thanks again for the link.
Barry
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