Solid Hardwood Flooring vs. Strand Bamboo Flooring
Almost everyone loves the timeless look of hardwood flooring. We love it so much we try to make other floors look just like it. Vinyl flooring, laminate flooring and even ceramic tile try to mimic the wood look. Many do an outstanding job. But there’s a new kid on the block and he will not be denied.
Made from one of the greenest plants on earth, strand bamboo leaves many other floors in the dust. Not only can it have a hardwood look (if that’s what you’re looking for), but it has a style that’s all its own. When you make a direct comparison to hardwood flooring, strand woven bamboo won’t only match up, it could easily take the title.
The "hardness" of hardwood is rated on the Janka Hardness Scale. If you’ve been shopping around, you might see this number pop up and even use it as a reference to determine the quality of the floor.
Janka ratings are determined by the amount of pressure it takes to drive a steel ball into the surface of the wood. The more dense the wood, the higher the rating.
Ratings range from 400 all the way up to 3,680 for Brazilian Walnut (aka Ipe). Red Oak flooring is the most common, and its Janka Rating is 1,290. Did we mention our strand bamboo flooring hits the Janka charts at over 5,000?
And it comes at a fraction of the cost. AND it’s available in hand scraped and wire brushed finishes. Now that’s news you can use. Here’s some more:
- Made From Eco-Friendly, FSC Certified Bamboo
- Over 4 Times Harder Than Red Oak
- Available in Hand Scraped Bamboo Flooring
- Durable Finishes With Aluminum Oxide
- Available With Commercial Warranties
Because bamboo grows at an alarming rate, supply is plentiful. Bamboo is less expensive because it’s abundant, not because it’s inferior. If anything, it’s the opposite.
Strand bamboo is not a hardwood floor look-a-like designed to deceive the eye. It’s got a character of its own, benefits like no other and a reputation that’s becoming more well-known. It’s so tough that you’ll find it in stores, offices, hotels and a variety of commercial areas. That means it’s tough enough for your home. Kitchen flooring, living room flooring, basement flooring… Strand bamboo fits the bill.
From here, take a look at our offering of hardwood floors. Our selection is huge and our prices are the best. We would love you to buy a hardwood floor from us and are confident you’ll think we’re the right company for you.
But before you decide, take a look at our selection of strand bamboo flooring. You might love it. You might hate it. You might feel indifferent. We get it. But we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t at least say, “Hey, you should take a look at this stuff, because it might be the right stuff for you.”