Bamboo flooring is gaining in popularity all over the
world. The material is durable, easy to clean, and is more ecologically
friendly than using hardwoods. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing
plants on Earth, which makes it easily the most renewable source of
natural building material.
Like any wooden surface, bamboo flooring can be scratched and/or dented
even with a quality finish. However, it can also be refinished just
as easily as a typical wooden floor. Because bamboo is relatively new
to North American home builders, there are sometimes problems with quality
control as well.
Horizontal grain, natural color bamboo flooring is considered the hardest
and most durable, with vertical grain being a close second. Bamboo that
has been darkened (without stains) is typically softer due to the process
it must undergo. However, staining natural color, horizontal grained
bamboo can offer the benefits of coloration and durability.