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Bamboo flooring, in fact, is as hard as maple, and because it is not a true wood, can be used in areas where exposure to water makes wood flooring impossible. It is stain and scuff, as well as water, resistant, and ideal for heavily-trafficked areas.

Bamboo flooring is available either unfinished or finished. When left unfinished, the planks of bamboo have squared edges which allow them to fit together almost perfectly; they can then be finished by the homeowner with a protective stain or sealant to improve their durability.

Beveled-edged finished bamboo flooring is sealed with polyurethane. Its beveling creates a floor with a planked look, and because of its polyurethane sealant, will not accept staining.

Most of the bamboo used in ambient bp bamboo flooring comes from forests in China's Hunan province; and the completed bamboo flooring sold in the US has been imported from a Pacific Rim manufacturer. But it is readily available all over the US.

Bamboo flooring, depending on whether or not it is finished and on its length and width, costs between $3.00 and $8.00 per square foot. If you are considering it, there are some questions you should ask your flooring retailer. In order to be dent resistant, bamboo flooring should b e harvested from mature stands of bamboo, at least six years old. It takes that long for the bamboo stalk to develop a woody texture.

Processed bamboo, as long as it is not made from the tip or base of the bamboo stalk, really is harder than oak. Ask if the flooring you want is made from the heart of the bamboo stalk. And before installing your bamboo flooring, let it acclimatize to your house for about a week. Your bamboo flooring's moisture content should be within two to four percent of that of your sub-flooring.

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