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Old 01-22-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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Anyone know about IslandStyle Premium Bamboo Flooring?General floor recommendations?


Hi - we are looking into putting down new flooring in our home and plan to use whatever we decide on in MANY rooms...laid down over a subfloor. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this product? My husband is like, oh costco has it and he wants to get it; I am the pragmatic one who puts the brakes on everything and wants to do research.

I also spent a lot of time yesterday researching wood laminates...so many details and decisions. We have a dog and 3 cats and kids so it needs to be able to take a bit of a bruising...nothing extreme, just the usual wear and tear.

Anyone know anything about this product? It is, BTW, an engineered hardwood if that makes any difference. Any thoughts re bamboo vs a wood laminate?

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Old 01-23-2006, 06:25 PM   #2
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Laminate is harder than any Bamboo.
Although Bamboo is a grass that is grown and then installed in your home. Has a value like wood.

I know nothing about Bamboo at Costco, but here is what you do.

Find out where it is grown, and then find out how much of the stalk they use.

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oh yea...

first find an employee who knows

if they do not know the answer, you have no clue if your getting quality.

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Hi Florcraft,

Thanks for responding; I have read thru most if not all of the flooring threads and respect your judgement.

I emailed the 2 questions to Costco and will post on this thread whence they get back to me. I will admit tho, that if lams are harder than bamboo and wood, it would make the most sense for us to go with that...I think that you and others have mentioned that the following lams are pretty good: Wilsonart Estate, Pergo Select, Armstrong American Duet, Quick Step 800 Series...if that is the way that we go, more research is in order....at least in this vast world of flooring, it is narrowed down to four and it sounds like a good four.

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Hi -

So far have not received a reply from Costco re my question...

Husband has decided that we should do hardwood floors instead of lams...Thanks for your help and attention...ann
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Bamboo lam?
is that what you were looking at?
I thought you were talking about real Bamboo.

Or did you mean you are choosing wood over grass?
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Or did you mean you are choosing wood over grass?

Huh? I'm confoozed.

I was looking at lams...now we are looking at hardwoods. I asked the question on the other thread re 'are all hardwoods created equaleth.' You then listed a number of woods; were these in descending order starting with hardest? You listed something like 'jatoba' (i probably have that waaaaay wrong) and then maple, then hickory. Where does bamboo hardwood fall in all that? I want the natural looking kind so it won't be carmelized...therefore not softened.

Thankew in advance...ann
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Bamboo is a grass.

It's hardness COULD be as hard as a maple, but you just don't know.
It has to be grown at high elevations, and only the first 4 feet of the stalk can be used.
Any faster the growth, or higher the stalk, the softer it is.

Forget hardness. Bamboo is relatively hard, and has a contemporary look.
It performs well under normal household use.

Jatoba is a Brazillian cherry, one of the hardest woods that exist.
Brazillian Walnut is even harder.
But both will still scratch and dent.
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I found this post google searching as Im in a bit of the same quandry... according to Costco's site this is harder than maple(?).

Features
  • Style: Flat Grain
  • Color: Natural or Caramelized
  • Durable, 5-coat Aluminum Oxide/Polyurethane finish
    <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto">25% harder than oak, 12% harder than maple <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto">Expands & contracts less than traditional hardwoods <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto">Coating materials are water-based, solvent-free safe for your family <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto">Nail, staple or glue down application <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto">3-5/8" W x 5/8" H x 3' or 6' L
  • 4 six-foot and 16 three-foot planks per box for a random length look to your finished floor
I would go for a glue down application since the area is on a 2nd level with a subconcrete floor.

ahnniem did you end up buying this flooring if so how did you like it?

Florcraft seems your concerns were the durabilty of the floor, but I assume the cliam of 12% harder than maple is valid?

Thanks for you guys posts!
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Florcraft seems your concerns were the durabilty of the floor, but I assume the cliam of 12% harder than maple is valid?
A selling point that is more hype than anything.

A harder floor is better, but is still gonna get damaged.
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A selling point that is more hype than anything.

A harder floor is better, but is still gonna get damaged.
Is the damage going to be a greater rate than a traditional floor? Im deciding between the bamboo floor and travertine. I dont think I can afford the traditional wood.
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Bamboo will damaged like an Oak.
Standard.

Travertine seems to me to be as much as high end wood wouldn't it?
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Bamboo will damaged like an Oak.
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Travertine seems to me to be as much as high end wood wouldn't it?
Cost is a cheaper, but install Im not sure. Im just starting my research. Thanks for your advice :D
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Hello...

I am new to this whole chatroom thing but like the wife earlier, I am the researcher in my marriage and we are building a new home and want to put in bamboo flooring for the enviromental factor but I would like to know if there is a website or place I can go to compare bamboo floor products because I don't want to install a cheaper product that would scratch easier than another but also do not want to pay $8.50 sq./ft for Teragren (high quality) so am looking at more $3.00-$5.00 sq./ft. range but don't want to get suckered into a crappy product. I also was wondering about the quality of the Costco IslandStyle flooring, did anyone get any answers on it? Do you know of any other reputable bamboo flooring products that have a good rep or know where I can found out that info?
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IslandStyle appears to be the same as Teragren. I beleive it is the same company with two names. Their websites are almost word for word identical, and both are from Washington State. I just bought 450 square feet of the costco islandstyle and it looks great!
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Here's what Treehugger.com has to say about Teregen.
"Having begun a decade ago under the name Timbergrass, Teragren continue to manufacture competitively priced, sustainably harvested bamboo flooring and bamboo panels. Although a grass that can grow a foot (30.5cm) per day, bamboo has many of the qualities of a hardwood. The bamboo Teragren use, harvested after 5-6 years, is sourced at a fair market value from independent Chinese farmers, who are encouraged in resource stewardship.

The laminating adhesives have formaldehyde levels 48 times lower than OSHA standards allow and 6.5 times lower than allowed by the more stringent German E1 standards. The coating materials are water-based, solvent-free, 100% solids. The Teragen factory is internationally certified for quality and environmental management. They even post their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) online. Just recently they announced a self locking 'floating floor' product made from a combination of bamboo, rubber tree (Hevea) and FSC certified eucalypt."
Sounds good to me! Here's the link. Also, if you want to see more residential portfolio pics of the flooring check out the link to the Teregen website. The costco.com price of $3.13 also includes shipping and is some $7 per sq.ft. cheaper than the iFloor price for Teregen!

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2004...gen_bamboo.php

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