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Question DetailsAsked on 11/9/2011

I've had conflicting answers to my questions re. bamboo flooring. Is it durable?...can it be refinished?

I need an unbiased opion as to the durability of bamboo flooring. I have fallen in love with one that is strand carbonized. I've been told bamboo will not last and that it cannot be sanded and refinished. I've also been told it scratches easily (by someone who works w/oak), but when I ran a nail across a sample piece, I did not leave a dent. I don't want to spend money only to find out the product is substandard. Help.

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Having installed many flooring materials, I find bamboo to be durable in the sense that bamboo as a material is hard, it rates very high on the Janka Scala (which is how to measure the hardness of a material)

Woven bamboo flooring is the hardest and rates 3000 on the Janka Scale, significantly harder than Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba), which is rated at 2350. Solid bamboo flooring rates at 1640, harder than white oak, rated at 1360. And engineered bamboo flooring rates from 1350-1600.

Janka Scale:

- Woven Bamboo 3000
- Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba) 2350
- Solid Bamboo (natural color) 1640
- White Oak 1360
- Engineered Bamboo 1350 to 1600
- Red Oak 1290
- Solid Bamboo (darker color) 1120
- Black Walnut 1010
- Teak 1000

The inherent hardness, combined with a tough finish (often acrylic), makes bamboo a durable choice for flooring. A number of manufacturers provide warranties for residential applications of as much as 27 years. And that is where you get what you pay for. Stick with a name brand with an above average warranty, and most importantly, have it installed by a skilled tradesman who will follow the manufacturer's recommended install technique for your particular subflooring.

Answered 8 years ago by mdraus45


I do not like it this product ....Small pieces glue it together and create a floor plank it's junk , bit people like to see advertisements on TV an buy this junk . solid wood planks is the best stay many years without problems if you installs properly.

Answered 8 years ago by Serge Construction


Hi Pip,

I am the Principal Interior Designer for a national online interior design firm that specifies LOTS of flooring for many diverse applications. We do not recommend bamboo flooring primarily because there are many superior options for durability that last longer and wear better.

If you are set on Bamboo - there are a lot of factors that will determine the range of durability for the floor you are purchasing.

Here are some topics you should dig a bit deeper into prior to making any purchasing decision for a Bamboo floor.

-Vertical is stronger than Horizontal (you DO NOT want to be able to see the knuckels of the wood, this means its horizontally cut)
-It must be carbonized.
-Purchase commercial grade bamboo flooring and not residential
-It does not take a stain well and therefore cant be refinished very effectively
-You will need to know about the binders that are used to hold together the bamboo, this determines durability as well.

These are just some of the factors related to the durability of a bamboo floor.

For a list of flooring vendors and more manufacturer information take a look at these flooring vendor options

Amanda Zettel, CID
Principal Designer


Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome

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