Oak vs. Bamboo: The Stress Tests Are In

Oak vs. Bamboo: The Stress Tests Are In

Amber Byfield
Jul 10, 2009

With all the gorgeous and environmentally savvy bamboo floors on the market, their appeal has grown in recent years. They're comparable to hardwoods on many levels, but some folks out their doubt the hardiness and strength of bamboo. So KVUE's Consumer Reports put it to the test next to oak, one of the most popular hardwood choices. And the results are in...

According to KVUE's Consumer Reports, "Tests found that bamboo has gotten much tougher." The bamboo samples tested actually outperformed the hardwoods--and this is against a battery of tests that ranged from every spill imaginable to simulated foot traffic to dent-ability.

The top-rated floor was something we're familiar with here at Re-Nest: EcoTimber's Strand Woven Bamboo in Honey. It outperformed the competitors and comes in at $5.50 a square foot.

That said, this is not a traditional bamboo floor; instead of being solid bamboo, this is shredded bamboo that has been woven back together and sealed with a resin (which has an EQ Rating of 4.4 but still may contain low-emitting formaldehyde products). It's LEED certified compliant and is overall a sustainable choice.

Watch the KVUE Consumer Reports video here.

Image: Woven Bamboo Flooring in Honey, by EcoTimber.

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