High-end and low-end bamboo wood flooring
Photo: Virgil Bastos

Laying the Right Foundation

Cheaply made bamboo flooring can be soft and prone to warping, delaminating, and throwing off dangerous fumes. Not these solid boards, both made with mature Moso plants by Chinese mills that report directly to environmentally conscious U.S. companies. One showcases the grass's classic grain, while the other is made by compressing many strands to make a denser, harder board, treated to look like distressed hardwood. For their other trade-offs, read on.
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