Performance

Bamboo as a wood is highly regarded as being incredible strong.  In structural engineering tests, bamboo has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel, and a higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete. It even has a higher strength to weight ratio than graphite.

At first, this would tell people that bamboo flooring would be a high-performance durable flooring option.  What the bamboo flooring companies fail to mention is that this is not necessarily the case.

There are around 1,600 species of bamboo, but only a handful are actually suitable for flooring.  Also, while bamboo grows and reaches maturity at an extremely fast rate, it still takes several years for it to reach its full strength potential.  When flooring companies use an unsuitable species or harvest the bamboo prematurely, the result is weaker flooring.  This can be seen in countless complaints by homeowners of floors that were scratched and dented the same day they were installed.  Also, like any wood floor, bamboo will stain if left wet for any length of time.

On top of this, the bamboo flooring industry is based almost entirely in China, where there are no governing regulations to control product quality.  The result is a huge variance in quality from company to company, creating a dangerous landscape for homeowners to navigate.

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