11 Mar '13, 1pm

Is bamboo safer than hardwood flooring for a desert environment? #construction #green

You have asked two important questions about durability and safety in bamboo vs. hardwood. Durability implies something that lasts a long time and will hold up to various climatic conditions as well as foot traffic. That requires consideration of the finish on the surface, in addition to the type of wood, glues, and moisture content as they affect the overall structure of the floor. You must also understand the subfloor, whether concrete or wood, and know how it impacts the flooring that sits on top of it. The issue is not what species it is, but how it’s made and how it’s installed . There are horror stories about both bamboo and hardwood floors that buckle and crack in hot dry climates, and these same complaints are often heard in very wet climates as well. There’s nothing inherent about hardwood that makes it better than bamboo. Local hardwoods seem to work just as well...

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