Mike Panic wrote:
i've read and been told that bamboo is 25% harder then rock hard maple and shouldn't scratch from average use / wear / dogs nails / etc.
I know very little about hardwood, but just a comment from a simpleton. Doesn't most flooring have a surface treatment (i.e. varnishes or stains)? Wouldn't it be this surface treatment that scratches? So whether your flooring scratches or not would depend more on the surface treatment, and less on what the underlying material is (bamboo vs. hardwoods), right?
correct, somewhat. most wood floors, bamboo included, comes pre-finished. finishing a hardwood floor is not only stinky but messy as all hell. most people go for the prefinished, which is what im doing.
some wood is much softer then others though, so the varnish doens't really matter. think of an m&m, the shell is hard but the chocolate inside is somewhat soft.. pine for example marrs very very easily and a medium sized dog of 50lbs w/ long nails can mark up a floor in one day.