Bamboo floornig VS laminate flooring
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21 Jun 2008 01:42 AM

Laminate flooring(LF) and bamboo flooring(BF) are both of wood flooring. But they have their own features.

1. Abrasion resistance
LF is strong abrasion resistant. AC4 and AC5 rating LF can be used for heavy commercial purpose. It can be used in many high traffic indoor places such as gymnasium and supermart. Bamboo flooring is not strong abrasion resistant. It can’ be used in high traffic place.

2. Price
LF is much cheaper. The prices of bamboo is usually 3-4 times higher than that of BF.3. Moisture resistance Both of the products are strong moisture resistant. But BF is much better. BF even can be used in kitchen. The swelling rate of BF is very low.

4. Durability
Regarding durability, BF is better than LF. LF can’t be repaired if the top layer, abrasion resistance, is broken as there is no layer to protect the decorative layer and support material. BF still can be used if its surface is broken because there is still bamboo under the surface.

5. The content of formaldehyde
BF is mainly made up of glued bamboo planks, while the support material of LF consists of glued wooden fiber. So the content of formaldehyde in laminate flooring(LF) is times of that in bamboo. But LF is also safe as long as it meet the standard of formaldehyde release.

6. Colors available
Almost all the colors can be available to LF: pine, oak, birch, beech, cherry, oak, teak, walnut, ceramic tile, granite, marble and even including bamboo. But the colors for bamboo flooring(BF) are just natural color, carbonized color and several other colors.

7. Appearance
BF gives a natural, elegant and comfortable feel. It makes your house more valuable. Common LF can’ t offer such feel. But now there is some type of LF with hardwood like appearance such as V groove type and hand scraped surface.

8. Noise.
LF is of a floating type. There is some noise when people step, while there is only a little noise from BF as its installation method is quite different from LF. It is not a floating type. But attached underlayment on the back of LF can reduce most of the noise.

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23 Dec 2008 10:59 PM
Thanks you for sharing. some good quality flooring for your choice depend on your likes.
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30 Jan 2009 12:40 AM


I think bamboo and laminated flooring are the same, and have a good quality. But bamboos are commonly used.

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12 Mar 2009 01:26 AM
Thanks for the Bamboo floornig VS laminate flooring information.
Nice post definitely. This is really very helpful for every person and for me also.
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18 May 2009 09:44 PM
I've always liked the idea of bamboo flooring but was talking with a flooring subcontractor who said that a lot of their work involved refinishing bamboo flooring that had prematurely discolored; I'm not sure if that's normal for the product or just for the lower end on it but it has made me hesitant to spec it.
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22 Apr 2010 03:57 PM

Nice comparison. I have two observations regarding item 5.

1) "So the content of formaldehyde in laminate flooring(LF) is ____  times of that in bamboo."  I've added the underscore where the number of times difference between LF and BF is missing. I'd love to have this factor.

2) "LF is also safe as long as it meet the standard of formaldehyde release." Which "standard" are you talking about and "safe" to whom and for what duration? Using CARB that claims to be the strictest standard would allow the flooring to contribute 13.5 ppb (parts per billion) at 73 degrees with one air exchange per hour. If I'm a "green" consumer that doesn't use A/C 93 degrees during the summer is not uncommon. That would increase the formaldehyde concentration by a factor of 4 to 54 ppb. CARB was delevoped for commercial applications that require 1 air exchange per hour and advises against using their model for residential application until they develop a residential model, which is still being developed. Assuming the one air exchange every 3 hours that current residential code requires increases the concentration by another factor of 3 or 162 ppb. California in November 2008 reduced the recommended concentration of formaldehyde from 27 ppb when CARB was written to just 7 ppb. So the LF by itself would have 23 times what the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessments recommends. You can see why I'm concerned about it being considered "safe." This formaldehyde concentration would be added to formaldehyde from other sources such as fiberglass wall insulation, interior doors, closet organizers, furniture etc. Remember the typical FEMA trailer was 77 ppb. So this 'safe' laminate produces double the concentration of the unhealth and infamous FEMA trailers.

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04 May 2010 03:51 PM
Any difference when using them with Radiant heating?
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07 Sep 2010 09:34 AM
Laminate is cheap, and easy to install.It's pretty resistant, but if there are any joints that don't line up completely you risk it getting torn up.
Bamboo is expensive, you shouldn't glue it to the concrete, you need to put down a subfloor first. It is a harder wood and very durable.
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07 Sep 2010 09:37 AM
Laminate is cheap, and easy to install.It's pretty resistant, but if there are any joints that don't line up completely you risk it getting torn up.
Bamboo is expensive, you shouldn't glue it to the concrete, you need to put down a subfloor first. It is a harder wood and very durable.
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14 Sep 2010 11:55 PM
IMO, LF is cheap and looks it. I ripped it out.

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16 Sep 2010 06:33 AM
Great info there, thanks for sharing! I'm not a big fan of laminated flooring and currently looking for alternatives. I would love to be able to cover my whole apartment with bamboo flooring but it's definitely very expensive. :/ - Yi
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16 Sep 2010 12:47 PM
Laminate floor is plastic and sounds as such.  Other options are engineered wood floor which uses a plywood base with a wood veneer. Many of these can be refinished.  They come with a durable factory applied finish.  Engineered woods stretch the supply of slow growth woods.  Bamboo is not harder than some hardwoods.

Bamboo has diferences in quality, naturally color is more durable. As bamboo has become more popular lower quality products have flooded the market.

Whether Bambo, engineer hardwood or laminate there are many different quality levels on the market. It is up to the consumer to pick product that matches their needs. In a price war laminate probably wins.
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17 Sep 2010 08:51 AM
Never hesitate to get a few samples and do some testing - soak it in water, scratch it, dent it, etc. With any wood like flooring, try to keep the top and bottom surfaces at the same moisture level.
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30 Sep 2010 02:00 AM
I have heard that Canada is one of the famous country when it comes to wood flooring right?
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13 Oct 2010 11:25 PM
Compare with the solid wood flooring,I think bamboo flooring is much cheaper and have better cost performance.
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06 Dec 2010 08:47 PM
thanks fo rthe information, it would be a useful idea to all. i refer for bamboo flooring .There are other benefits too, a natural bamboo floor is sure to increase the value of your property. Furthermore, its beauty is long lasting and will certainly be something for you, your family and visitors to enjoy and admire for many years to come.
You too can feel good about choosing a bamboo floor, for it really is the right choice! Many would say, the only choice!
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20 Jan 2011 02:59 AM
Bamboo would be the only way to go.  It looks better, and even if it costs more than laminate, consider what the difference will be in the resale value on a home with bamboo flooring.
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21 Mar 2011 11:50 PM
hello everyone!

hi, matt here, just got threaded. nice insights regarding the matter, works well in clientele explanation and information resource option. u can check out cosmosflooring.net to know more about a variety of wood floor for your home and reference as well. hope this help out a small way or another. have a great week everyone.
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07 Apr 2011 06:48 AM
Bamboo flooring is like a breath of fresh air. Environmentally sound, yet resilient and durable, bamboo flooring is the hardwood flooring solution for those who are looking for a beautiful floor without having to sacrifice quality, cost, or the environment.
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17 Apr 2011 01:41 PM
I would suppose Laminate to be cheaper than bamboo, as the latter has got to be farmed. Whereas, laminate is usually made from any cuts of wood.
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