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ahnniem 01-28-2006 11:35 AM

Are all hardwoods (flooring? created equal???
 
Hi,

I realize this may sound like a truly dumb question, but are all hardwoods about the same? Are there 'better' brands and if so, could someone steer me in that direction? Also, which do you think is harder, oak or bamboo? I apologize if these are severely dopey questions...I'm very new to all of this...thanks, ann

bob the builder 01-28-2006 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by ahnniem
Hi,

I realize this may sound like a truly dumb question, but are all hardwoods about the same? Are there 'better' brands and if so, could someone steer me in that direction? Also, which do you think is harder, oak or bamboo? I apologize if these are severely dopey questions...I'm very new to all of this...thanks, ann

I am not a flooring contractor but I can say a few things. Bamboo is about the same as maple, but can be stained many colors, both are about 2x as strong as red oak. As far as are all hardwoods the same, definately not. The biggest difference is the grain pattern which gives your floor it's character. Also before shopping you should have some idea of what color your looking for. Maple for example has a nice natural color but does not accept stain very well. Why not just start looking at prices and what you want to pay and color and grain that you like and go from there...

bob

Floorwizard 01-28-2006 02:17 PM

If Bamboo has been carmelized, it makes it as soft as Oak.
No matter what floor you buy, it WILL scratch and dent.
So buy the harder wood for extra protection, not total prevention.

Brazillian cherry (Jatoba)
Maple
Hickory
ect...

Some woods are not stained, and the color goes all the way thru. That can be a benefit too.
Plus there are solids and engineered products that will be valuable depending on the sandable thickness.


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