Washington, DC, July 13, 2009–Bamboo floors are becoming more popular not only because they are often cheaper than oak, but because bamboo is considered eco-friendly by some since it grows faster than trees.
So Consumer Reports tested 21 different types of hardwood flooring, including seven bamboo floors, ranging in price 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, a test designed to see how easily a floor scratches and another test that shows how well a floor can withstand denting.
Also, a wide variety of substances, including ketchup and crayons, are placed on each of the floors to test stain resistance.
Testers say two strand bamboo floors out-performed all of the hardwoods and that bamboo flooring has gotten much tougher.
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