It's beginning to look a lot like I need new floors
After the little flood at my place, I thought I'd handle having concrete floors for a while just fine. Well, let me tell you that this stuff is C-O-L-D! I'm tired of it! It's time to make a decision about my flooring.
I've gotten a lot of advice, read a lot online, and even consulted Consumer Reports (which I'm not a huge fan of since they factor "value" into some of their ratings, which skews the results). The floors were laminate when I moved in. I hated the blond color, but it grew on me. I personally prefer very dark floors, but in a tiny condo, they would probably make the place seem like a cave. My options seem to be: engineered wood, bamboo, or laminate.
Laminate is out. If I sell my condo in the next few years, I might be competing with units that have never had an occupant and those units have laminate and/or carpet. I'll probably need something better to compete.
Engineered wood is an options, but I didn't like the feel of the samples I saw. What's more, when the market slowed, the owners of the complex started offering upgrades to buyers and one of them was the engineered wood floors. So, I might be competing with owners who had the engineered wood put in.
Bamboo was the last option. I liked the idea of it...it's different and might appeal to buyers. In addition, Consumers recently tested wood floors and mixed the bamboos in with the hardwoods. EcoTimber's stranded bamboo came out ahead of all wood floors and their non-stranded bamboo came in 4th place. It sounds like they are using old-growth bamboo, which is more durable and whatever process they are using to make the floors is a good one.
So, I think I might go for bamboo, but I haven't gotten enough opinions from owners of bamboo floors to make a final decision. Anyone have bamboo floors? Know someone with them? What do you think?
Just for fun, here are the samples I'm considering. I'd love to get the darker stain, but the darker bamboo floors aren't as durable as the natural ones. The process used to stain them weakens them, for some reason. There are two kinds of solid bamboo floors. There is the flat or horizontal variety, which is the kind that shows the bamboo's knuckles like this:
And there's the vertical kind that line the bamboo up so the knuckles aren't visible. The effect gives the boards long longs. I thought this kind might make my place look longer. What do you think?