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How durable is bamboo flooring?

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My husband and I are building our first home and decided to get bamboo flooring. I figured since they make cutting boards out of bamboo, then bamboo floors would be an awesome idea. Now some people are telling me that bamboo dents/scratches easily and also stains easily. Anyone have any experience with bamboo? Ps. we have a dog that loves to run and play- are our floors doomed?

Some of the other posts above are correct – the younger the bamboo, the softer it will be. Bamboo should be harvested at maturity which is normally between 5 and 7 years.

There are different types of bamboo flooring – solid, engineered and strand woven. If you have a dog, you want strand woven bamboo which is the hardest type of bamboo flooring made. Other things to consider when buying bamboo floors besides pets – where in the home will it be installed and what type of climate are you in.

For more information on bamboo flooring including how it’s made, bamboo types, bamboo floor care, buying and installation guides, I would recommend visiting the below site. Here is a direct link to bamboo flooring and pets which should help with concerns of your dog and bamboo.

http://www.findanyfloor.com/Pets/PetFlooringTypes/Bamboo.xhtml

4 Responses to “How durable is bamboo flooring?”

  1. Chali Says:

    The problem with bamboo is that there are so many cheap versions of it out there. There are some brands that are well made out of good hard material and have about 7-8 coats of acrylic aluminum oxide enhanced poly on them. The cheaper stuff is made from much softer bamboo and has maybe two or three coats of a cheap poly on it. A decent bamboo generally runs from $6-$8 a square foot. Check out Bamtex for a decent one. What you really want is OLD GROWTH bamboo, the newer growth bamboo is the softer stuff and is no good. it will be shot in a year. Teregren has a good product.
    They actually grow them and harvest instead of plucking from the wild. If you want a real hard bamboo, check out their Synergy line.
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  2. Roy Says:

    I have been wood floor contractor for thirty years and I am not a fan of bamboo. I just don’t like the look. It has a hardness rating that is harder the red oak, so that’s not an issue. The dog will be the issue. Depending on it’s size, it WILL scratch the floor. Even smaller dogs will scratch them. Keep it’s nails short, and have a fresh coat of finish applied every 5 years or so. If you want to check the hardness on different species of wood, check this out. Good luck.
    http://www.woodsthebest.com/wood/jankaWoodHardnessScale.htm
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  3. lisetrise Says:

    Depending on the manufacturer, bamboo can be very durable. You’ll want to check out the warranty on any flooring you purchase.

    How the bamboo is made is very important. For more info on what to look for, see the following web pages:

    http://www.building-your-green-home.com/bamboo-wood-floors.html

    http://www.building-your-green-home.com/bamboo-hardwood-flooring.html

    Hope this helps.
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    http://www.building-your-green-home.com

  4. Samantha R Says:

    Some of the other posts above are correct – the younger the bamboo, the softer it will be. Bamboo should be harvested at maturity which is normally between 5 and 7 years.

    There are different types of bamboo flooring – solid, engineered and strand woven. If you have a dog, you want strand woven bamboo which is the hardest type of bamboo flooring made. Other things to consider when buying bamboo floors besides pets – where in the home will it be installed and what type of climate are you in.

    For more information on bamboo flooring including how it’s made, bamboo types, bamboo floor care, buying and installation guides, I would recommend visiting the below site. Here is a direct link to bamboo flooring and pets which should help with concerns of your dog and bamboo.

    http://www.findanyfloor.com/Pets/PetFlooringTypes/Bamboo.xhtml
    References :
    http://www.findanyfloor.com

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