Hardwood is timeless. Also, for renovation of an existing home, I would use the prefinished hardwood. If you get true 3/4" hardwood, not engineered, you can resand just like any other hardwood. But you shouln't have to for a long time because it really is very durable.
In accordance to popular trends...bamboo was an inexpensive cosmetic bonus...however there are some seriously mixed reviews. I rely on consumer reports on such issues to help me determine what other consumers are saying about a product. 9 times out of 10 they are dead on. Here is a link that might help you in your quest.
My husband has installed it in several homes this year, and yes, it is a softer wood and does scratch easier than other woods. If you really love it and can't imagine your home with any other flooring, go for it.
The major upside to bamboo, tends to be in the very "green" developments, as bamboo is a very fast growing "wood", and therefore is a very renewable resource, as opposed to old growth forests. So for those looking for carbon-offsets, and low impact environmental housing, it may be a good choice. It's certainly pretty.
Another question that you should ask yourself if you are choosing Bamboo, what about indoor air quality? Most wood manufacturers do not consider this in the finishes and most bamboos and prefinished floors come with a petroleum based finish. Check with your flooring installation for a water based finish, as it will have less off-gassing. Also check with Environmental Home Center as they also have finishes that will be more conducive to indoor air quality.
Bamboo is too much of a green product and renewable resource to be on its way out. Savvy buyers are looking to more green choices and I seriously doubt it will be gone in five years. Stainless steel appliances...now that is another story -
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Here's the scoop on bamboo flooring.
1) Bamboo grows like a weed in Asia. So don't worry about your little panda, he's ok.
2) Bamboo is one of hardest natural plants in the world. They build bridges in Asia completely out of bamboo. My floor installers need special nails to nail down bamboo because m,ost nails will bend because its so hard. So you guys who have scratched bamboo floors should stop buying your floors at the dollar store and get the real stuff.
3) Because bamboo grows like crazy, and is from Asia, (and don't worry, you won't die from intoxication from Chinese products, you protectionist tree huggers who should get off your high horses and open your eyes).
4) the richest homes with people who know style and aren't shopping at dollar store floors r us or some imitation floor and hang bag bargain store or crap like it, know what they're talking about and have gorgeous bamboo floors. Trust me, if you are actually buying bamboo floors (the real stuff) its harder than oak, maple, birch, cherry or any other floor. DO YOUR FREAKIN' HOMEWORK and stop eating the crap the hardwood floor guys are writing here.
it literally is about as durable as a Bamboo skewer. The installer laid the floor and my 20 LB dog sat down and got up and she splintered and cracked the surface through the stain and the terrible finish (her nails are short). Just walking across this floor dents and scratches it â€“ it is total GARBAGE! It looks nice â€“ but donâ€™t walk on it!
bamboo aged properly is extremely hard and durable, otherwise, it's a waste of money unless you really like DIY projects.
Looks like this is an old post and you've made your decision. I'll just throw my 2 cents in for others since I'm into being environmentally conscious but practical and hubby is a contractor. I love the look of bamboo in the appropriate place. It's a grass basically, considered a weed in most areas so that's why it's sustainable--it's easily grown and re-planted. I've seen it wear terribly in many houses. I saw one house that had bamboo in a kitchen. In front of the sink the floor was horribly scratched and worn down so I'd advise not putting it in a high-traffic area.
Like others have said the type, grain and finish make a difference.
While the first thing people mention is its sustainability, it's a pretty darned good product, if you like the look.
If sustainability is your goal, remilled oak and fir fits in real nicely with Seattle houses built before the '80s.
But to answer your question, bamboo flooring is any good, and there's a range of price and quality to choose from.
Once again, if your next home improvement involves updating your floors, and you have the environment on your mind â€“ consider bamboo flooring as your way of saving the environment.
Also the look is not the typical bamboo/linear look. I recommend visiting a showroom to see it.
We had good quality solid bamboo flooring put in part of our small house. We soon started seeing evidence that it is soft. We found lots of little dents around our portable dishwasher in our kitchen. The vendor came to look at it and insisted that it was the plastic wheels of our dishwasher that caused the dents. He said we need to get rubber castors for the dishwasher and put something under it when we move it. He also warned us to be very careful if we move other heavy items such as a stove or refrigerator. We chose bamboo with the understanding that it is as hard or harder than hardwood. Our experience is that it dents easily.
To make a long story short, bamboo is beautiful, but not durable at all like the manufacturers claim.
Hope this helps!
I would be careful in listening to the nay sayers that bamboo is 'out'. It is just getting a foothold in most areas of the county. Places that are more environmentally concious such as Seattle, Austin, So. Cal, bamboo is in high demand, and most homeowners want bamboo if they don't have it.
As for Realtors, most agents that work full time and are selling more than 12 properties a year are in the know. They do know what is selling, because they sell it all day long. As in any industry, there are rookies, and there are pro's.
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