: Lew Hodgett wrote:
:> The stuff C/R tested didn't dent or scratch.
:> There must be several grades of bamboo flooring.
: I, personally, wouldn't put much faith in any CR testing...
: There are, indeed, a multitude of grades and the hardness of bamboo in
: actual testing varies from softer than some pine to harder than hard
: maple (nominal values, of course, all woods have inherent variability in
: properties within the same species far more than most other materials).
: There have been quite a number of articles in both FHB and FWW over the
: last several years on bamboo; most (but not all iirc) of the flooring
: applications in FHB as one would expect while the FWW concentrated more
: on its use as cabinetwood, counters, etc. Anyway, the upshot of the
: evaluations I recall ottomh include that how the flooring is
: manufactured from either end or side grain and very importantly, the
: actual species used makes a big difference. As well, the caramelizing
: process used to impart color has a large negative impact on the hardness
: of all types, again affecting some more pronouncedly than others. The
: darker the coloring, the more susceptible the end product to denting, etc.
To add to this excellent post, I planned to use bamboo flooring in
my home office, but was dissuaded when I fond that every sample I could
lay my hands on dented very easily, and it's not recommended for a dry climate.
I have gone with bamboo-look laminate, which is cheaper, harder, and very nice
-- Andy Barss