When it comes to replacing floors in your home, sales of bamboo floors are on the rise. But how do they stack up against oak floors, the most popular flooring?
Consumer Reports releases it's test results.
"Bamboo floors definitely have more of a selection now than they ever have. They come in all sorts of colors, all different sizes, all different grain patterns," says salesman Adam Levine.
Consumer Reports tested 21 different types of hardwood flooring, including seven bamboo floors.
Prices ranged from $4 a square foot to $9.
The floors were put through a battery of tests, including an abrasion test that simulates years of foot traffic.
Another test was designed to see how easily a floor scratches, and a different tests checked how a floor can withstand dents.
"To test stain resistance, we place a wide variety of substances on each of the floors," said Consumer Reports John Galeotafiore.
Everything from ketchup to crayons.
It turns out an oak flooring got the lowest rating. It's the Anderson Pacific Cumberland Oak floor.
Interestingly, two bamboo floors out-performed all the hard woods.
"Our tests found that bamboo flooring has gotten much tougher. There's a new manufacturing technique that shreds the bamboo into strands and are glued together with an adhesive that creates less emissions over traditional bamboo flooring," said Galeotafiore.
The top-rated floor is the Eco Timber Strand Woven Honey bamboo.
And at $5.50, it's a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
If you're looking for oak flooring, Consumer Reports named a Best Buy there, too.
It's the Bruce Dundee Plank.
It costs about the same as the Eco Timber-$5.70 a square foot.