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Bamboo Flooring:  Choices, choices, choices

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Choices, choices, choices

Key Features:
  • Drop-and-lock installation doesn't require nailing or gluing.
  • Pre-finished with UV-cured aluminum oxide.
  • Solid moso bamboo construction.
  • 5-1/4" wide x 72" long x 1/2 thick pieces; boxes contain about 21 square feet.
  • $4 to $7 a square foot from big-box retailers
  • Pricing as of 2012.
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  • Drop-and-Lock Bamboo Flooring
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by Dana Holmes, contributing editor
If you like the idea of bamboo flooring (durable, economical, sustainable) but find that the look is a little too out-there for your home, give the latest offerings from USFloors a look. The Expressions line of drop-and-lock bamboo flooring is chock full of colors and finishes to fit any style, including many that resemble traditional wood flooring.

A multitude of finishes are available, from natural bamboo tones to dark stains that give the look of exotic hardwoods. Options usually only seen on high-end wood floors, like a hand-scraped finish and multi-width planking, are available.

The pre-finished (UV-cured aluminum oxide) flooring is constructed in the US entirely out of mature six-year-old moso bamboo. Fully mature bamboo yields a denser, more durable finished product, acccording to the manufacturer. The flooring carries a limited lifetime warranty on structure and wear in residential applications.

The flooring can be cut with regular woodcutting tools and doesn't need to be glued or nailed down, making installation within the grasp of most do-it-yourselfers. Several nationwide big-box retailers stock the flooring.

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