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I am looking into healthy and environmentally sound flooring options. Bamboo sounds fantastic. Does anyone have any opinions or experience with bamboo flooring?

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we just put bamboo down in our downstairs last week. it's gorgeous. we ripped up our carpet and it is sooooooo much better.

we actually bought the bamboo from costco of all places. home depot had a fairly comparable price, too.

let me see if i can dig up some before and after photos for you...

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Ooh, that's beautiful. Cute baby, too. Do you know whether it's safe to use bamboo in a kitchen?

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thanks! i tried to find a decent before picture but i couldn't. needless to say, our beige carpet was completely trashed and totally gross. i'm so glad to have the bamboo down, it is so much easier to keep clean. i just use a microfiber broom that i got at target, it takes me all of a minute to run it over the floor and it picks up all of the dog hairs, lint etc.

i think it's fine to put in a kitchen. my bil and his friend who are both flooring specialists said it would be ok to put in the kitchen. we also put it in our little 1/2 bath.

bamboo is extremely durable, besides the other eco-friendly aspects of it.
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We've had bamboo in our living room and dining room for 3 yrs and we love it! It looks good and is very durable. We put it in ourselves and it was very easy. We used a no fume glue.

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you might wt to look into cork floors, cork wood is renewable (they don't cut the tree down to harvest the wood) and the floors are supposed to be very nice to walk on

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I don't think cork would be good in a kitchen...

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I do know someone who has cork in her kitchen. She loves it. We have bamboo in ours, and it's great! It does not look as traditional/formal as other wood floors, but I really like the way it looks.

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we just put bamboo down in our downstairs last week. it's gorgeous. we ripped up our carpet and it is sooooooo much better.

we actually bought the bamboo from costco of all places. home depot had a fairly comparable price, too.

let me see if i can dig up some before and after photos for you...

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Did you use the Costco laminate bamboo they sell in the store or the one online? We've been looking at the bamboo laminate from the store.

It looks beautiful

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I don't think cork would be good in a kitchen...
Cork is great in a kitchen as long as it is glue down tiles. Cork is excellent for backs because it is not as hard a surface to stand on.

Any of the laminates are bad for kitchens because they are unable to handle water, especially pooling water. Our friends had laminate that got water damage, and the warping was horrible.

To the OP, I think that bamboo looks like a really neat flooring option.
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I've never seen cork flooring before. In the pictures I saw online it looks pretty cool! I imagine it would be nice for little kids who knock around, too. Is it as durable as wood? It seems it would be...well...crumbly and denty.

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Your room looks beautiful. Everything I have heard about cork has been positive. We want to put it in our family room eventually. What do you think about using it in bathroom?
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I'm curious to see a pic of a cork floor, if anybody's got one.
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We just bought bamboo for our attic. I got it for $1.99 at lumber liquidators. Maybe you have something like that near you. It isn't laminate.

Bamboo is quite soft though. I recommend always taking your shoes off if you put it down. It is in the yoga store and studio I go to. The studio looks perfect since no one wears their shoes in there, but the store look completely beat up. It is durable, but not like brazilian cherry or even oak. Probably more like a pine.

Also, I looked at cork too. I like it, but wanted the look of bamboo in the attic. If we finish our basement we will use cork. It is affordable and it resists all mold according to a "green" architect in our area. It isn't like a cork board. If you spill thinks on it, they won't be absorbed in, etc.
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Did you use the Costco laminate bamboo they sell in the store or the one online? We've been looking at the bamboo laminate from the store.

It looks beautiful
thanks! it's actually not the laminate, it's full thickness bamboo. we got it from the store.
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I'm curious to see a pic of a cork floor, if anybody's got one.
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here's a linkwith some photos, tho.

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here's a linkwith some photos, tho.
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thanks! it's actually not the laminate, it's full thickness bamboo. we got it from the store.


Really, our Costco sells the basic laminate flooring (pergo like), and then a Bamboo Laminate (I've been drooling over the bamboo laminate). It says laminate on the box but definately appears more durable than regular laminate. They sell the regular bamboo on the internet, but I like to be able to see something like that before I buy. Maybe there is hope that ours will start carrying the full thickness soon.

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we just put bamboo down in our downstairs last week. it's gorgeous. we ripped up our carpet and it is sooooooo much better.

we actually bought the bamboo from costco of all places. home depot had a fairly comparable price, too.

let me see if i can dig up some before and after photos for you...

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How hard was it to install? Have you ever done any flooring before? I'm trying to convince DH that we can install a floor ourselves. We want to do our living room and dining room, which are just rectangles, so no weird angles or anything.
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How hard was it to install? Have you ever done any flooring before? I'm trying to convince DH that we can install a floor ourselves. We want to do our living room and dining room, which are just rectangles, so no weird angles or anything.
I can't speak to the bamboo, but dh and I have installed laminate flooring (like pergo) and Chinese Pecan wood. Both were really easy to install. We have no worries or issues with installing it ourselves, you need a good saw (to cut the end boards) underlayment, sometimes glue, sometimes not. It's really pretty easy. Dh and I were able to do each room in less than a weekend even with lots of "help".

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I also have the bamboo floor from Costco. We installed it about six months ago. It looks beautiful, but it does scratch. We have to be careful with moving furniture and our cats' claws have already left some marks. While researching bamboo, I found some info. on the internet about not using it in kitchens or below grade (basement). Many people have had problems with moving their refrigerator when they have bamboo floors. When they slide their fridge out to clean, it can leave really deep scratches in the bamboo. Bamboo also reacts more to moisture/humdity than other woods. I would be very concerned about it getting wet in a kitchen. Another thing I came across was a lot of information about making sure your bamboo is "climateized" before installing. We let our wood sit inside the air conditioned house for a good two weeks before installing. If you do not regulate the humidity before you install, the boards are going to expand/contract at a different rate. We installed our floor with a pneumatic stapler and it wasn't that complicated. Overall, it is vastly better than carpet.
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I don't think cork would be good in a kitchen...
Cork is awesome in a kitchen. We laid cork flooring in our old kitchen (sold that house) and loved it! We had it for about 3 years and it still looked great. It was soft underfoot--so much easier on my back than the tile in our current rental place. And stuff was actually less likely to break on the cork floor than the granite tile countertop despite the greater distance for drops.

I've never had bamboo. I read different things about its durability. I think you need to research the kind of bamboo carefully. Something about strand vs. horizontal I think? And also how old the bamboo was when harvested. And the darker colors come from cooking the bamboo not from a stain and the process makes the bamboo softer and easier to scratch and dent.
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How hard was it to install? Have you ever done any flooring before? I'm trying to convince DH that we can install a floor ourselves. We want to do our living room and dining room, which are just rectangles, so no weird angles or anything.
our bil and his friend did most of the installation for us, they are both in construction. we do have some weird angles in our house, but dh watched and helped them put it in and he feels comfortable tackling the upstairs now that he has seen how it's done. he's probably going to do the guest room/dd's future room some time soon, it's a square room so it should be pretty easy to do. just make sure you have a good saw, and a chalk line.

also, home depot gives seminars about laying floors, they're free so you might want to check with your local store. in addition, ikea also runs free seminars on weekends on how to install their flooring, and they do have bamboo so you might want to check in on that as well. overall, as far as home improvement projects go, as long as you're relatively handy with power tools it should be a pretty easy project to undertake.

as far as the cork flooring goes, thanks to the pp for suggesting that. it's totally beautiful and i love how it looks. i'd love to do that in our kitchen at some point, and again, it looks like a fairly easy home improvement project to diy. the great thing about cork is that you don't even need power tools, it can be cut with a sharp utility knife.
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Cork is awesome in a kitchen. We laid cork flooring in our old kitchen (sold that house) and loved it! We had it for about 3 years and it still looked great. It was soft underfoot--so much easier on my back than the tile in our current rental place. And stuff was actually less likely to break on the cork floor than the granite tile countertop despite the greater distance for drops.

I've never had bamboo. I read different things about its durability. I think you need to research the kind of bamboo carefully. Something about strand vs. horizontal I think? And also how old the bamboo was when harvested. And the darker colors come from cooking the bamboo not from a stain and the process makes the bamboo softer and easier to scratch and dent.
I just read that the cooked color is about 30% softer. Also, the vertical is more durable than the horizontal. If you google it, there a quite a few sites that confirm this. I happen to have bought vertical, natural flooring so I happen to have the most durable. Interesting.

I am considering cork in the living room when we finally have enough of the carpet. We just put it in last year and it was quite expensive, but it gets soooo dirty. We can't afford to continue the Braziliam cherry from the kitchen, but the cork may flow well.
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Your bamboo floor is gorgeous!
We also have a beige carpet in our living room, that is trashed. Dh wants to put down hardwood but I'd rather do something more eco friendly like bamboo or cork.

Can you mop the bamboo with a wet mop?

And I have the same question about cork, can you mop it with water?

I ask because we currently have the old fashioned unsealed hardwood (oak) flooring in our dining room that you can't put water on. It must be wiped/rubbed with a cleaning paste/wax and then buffed off. Needless to say, in the 5 years we've been here, I've never done it. I just vaccum.
It's a real pain, water stains it and it looks pretty trashed.
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Cork has a finish on it just like hardwood. So the appropriate care is related to the finish.

I can't quite remember what kind of finish our cork had, not polyurethane, but something similar. We swept and mopped it. Ours was not the tile kind, but a floating floor. So it clicked together. I think standing water would have damaged it, but no problem to just mop it. Also no problems from occasional spills and splashes from the sink, which I usually let sit until I was done cooking the meal, so for 20 minutes or so.
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Can anyone tell me if cork or bamboo hold up well to dog toes? We're considering a new livingroom floor and we have 2 cats and an 80 pound dog. The lady I spoke with a Home Depot awhile ago seemed to think that the bamboo would get really torn up by dog nails, but she didn't seem too sure about it.
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Can anyone tell me if cork or bamboo hold up well to dog toes? We're considering a new livingroom floor and we have 2 cats and an 80 pound dog. The lady I spoke with a Home Depot awhile ago seemed to think that the bamboo would get really torn up by dog nails, but she didn't seem too sure about it.

I've been wondering the same thing. We have two large-ish dogs. I really want to put in bamboo flooring but nobody can seem to answer the dog question.
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I've been wondering the same thing. We have two large-ish dogs. I really want to put in bamboo flooring but nobody can seem to answer the dog question.
I was just coming here to ask the exact same question. We are thisclose to buying from Costco.

My other question is where those who bought the Costco bamboo got the finishing pieces-the things that join to carpeted areas, the stair caps, etc. They don't sell them in our store.

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We just ordered almost 1200 sq ft of bamboo floors, both natural and carbonized. We are going to be replacing all the carpet in our house (everyroom except kitchen and baths). I'm so excited to see how it's going to look and very nervous about how well the bamboo will hold up. After reading all the mixed reviews, we decided to go for it anyway. We got a good deal on a pallet (hopefully the cheap price doesn't mean cheap product). We will be putting the natural in the livingroom and carbonized in the bedrooms.
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