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I just closed on a condo and it needs new flooring. I am thinking of installing these but haven't used them in the past. Does anyone have these floors or knowledge about this company? There isn't much online in the way of reviews.
bamboo floors tend to be very soft. you cannot sand them either. recently, many manufacturers have added some chemicals to it to make it stronger. from the description from this company, they did not do that. i'd stay away unless you will be asking all of your guests to remove their shoes upon entry, put all of your furniture on "coasters", etc.
Thanks ab. I agree that bamboo floors can be very soft (I have used them in the past, with less than excellent results). The specific product line from this manufacturer that I am interested in using actually does claim to be hardened by the manufacurer's own "Xcora" technology, which it claims makes the product 154% harder than red oak and 126% harder than North American maple. See the link below, and query whether its actually true.
I appreciate your response and the info your provided. What I am actually looking for though is someone's review of this manufacturer's product from thier own personal experience.
Good Morning -
I am the Communications Manager with Teragren and would love to point you in the direction of some more resources that might help you make a decision. As far as hardness and durability of our product, I would suggest you look at this document (http://teragren.com/downloads/Teragren_Janka_Comparison_Chart.pdf ) - testing done by ASTM certified independent labs. Also this video (http://www.youtube.com/v/0Mi3R_ZL2sU?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0 ).
I can also suggest you take a look at a recent multi-family installation of our Xcora strand product done at Trinity Commons. This particular project was in Durham, South Carolina and used 150,000 sq ft of our Portfolio product. Donnie at Triangle Flooring was the lead on the project - and can provide an excellent recommendation as far as performance.
Please let me know if I can be of further help.
"Strand" bamboo floors if pulverized and mashed and cured ala chemical soup are very hard, but I have heard bad things about these floors not "staying" well over time. I almost did bamboo but decided not to based on floor contractor's opinions that the "strand" bamboo product does not stand up well over time and you are making kind of a commitment to the finish since you can't sand/restain.
The "natural" horizontal or vertical bamboo floors are soft.
#1 red oak. You can't go wrong. Wide plank ftw.
I put Teragren in on the first floor of my condo - specifically - http://teragren.com/p_midnightblack.html; did it about six months ago. I personally LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the floors.
I have a 42 pound highly active dog, 2 cats, and I've hosted probably 6-8 parties with 8-20 people since I put the floors in. Not a scratch, ding, or imperfection to be found.
I padded every foot on my furnishings, i swiffer daily and I use Bona to clean and I'm a very happy camper.
I have heard of bamboo flooring, and how it is a more environmentally friendly option, but I have also heard of its supposed softness. It would be great if you did not have too many heavy and bulky furniture in your house. Perhaps you could consider wooden flooring, though that would be too common.
Victor - http://www.londonfloorsanding.org.uk/