Just wondering if Bamboo flooring is a good hardwood to install ?
The short answer is yes.
Bamboo is much stronger and more resilient to scratching and denting than any other type of wood flooring. But keep in mind, there are different grades of Bamboo just as there are a number of grades of Oak and other wood floors. The higher the grade, the stronger the flooring. Also, the more expensive.
But I have installed Bamboo in clients kitchens on many occasions. And have used a high grade. They have dropped the odd dish etc, and the floors have not marked.
Enjoy your new floors.
I like the look and lower maintenance of bamboo. So much so that I recently installed it throughout my own Home. It is, however, a more difficult floor to lay. It is susceptible to splintering when cutting and nailing. I never use a flooring nailer. ( For bamboo ) I have a modified finish nailer that works great! Just nail it every 8" with 18g brads and it will be solid. The reason for not using a floor nailer is that I have seen too many floors with "bumped" spots throughout the finished floor. Of course, the grade of bamboo will determine the final finish and durability.
Bamboo is not a wood but a grass so be warey. It has been recently taken off the list of LEED materials due to the glues that hold the strands of grass together, the lack of respect to the environment while cultivating and the offgasing of formaldehydes after installed. Most distributors will not carry bamboo due to the many problems with it. We never use this inferior product- EVER.
We are NWFA certified and highly educated in the wood flooring trade. We only do wood flooring so beware the bad advise!!
Choose wisely and do your homework.
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