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Gluedown Bamboo vs, Floating Maple

Posted by seaorchid (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 18, 09 at 15:00


I just purchased my first place, a small 700sqft condo, and I am trying to decide what type of flooring to install. The previous owners installed solid glue down bamboo in the entryway, hallway and kitchen about two years ago that looks nice. After looking at all the options in my budget it looks like I can either continue the bamboo for the rest of the place or install an engineered Maple that will be floated. The bamboo would be solid and glued down. My question is which flooring well have better resale value in the future (about 5 years) and also which is better quality? Even though the bamboo isn't a real hardwood it would be glued down which I heard is more stable and preferred. The engineered Maple isn't a top brand and I think cannot be re-finished because the top veneer is a little thin. Can bamboo be refinished or sanded if it is solid? My condo complex is a mix of very old retirees (majority) and younger families. Thank you!

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RE: Gluedown Bamboo vs, Floating Maple

In a 700 sq ft condo, I would strongly recommend you stick with 1 type of wood floor for the whole thing. Flooring changes can make any area look chopped up, and that is especially true of small spaces.

As for what would sell better - it is hard to predict trends 5 years out. Bamboo is gaining in popularity, so it could be "the thing to have" by that point. Who knows? What I do know is that either all maple or all bamboo who appeal to more buyers than a mix of the 2.

RE: Gluedown Bamboo vs, Floating Maple

Actually, I will either do all maple or all bamboo. I wasn't considering mixing the two woods as I think you are right and it will make the area look chopped up. I am just on the fence about which way to go, thanks!

RE: Gluedown Bamboo vs, Floating Maple

Solid bamboo flooring can be refinished...but it is my understanding that solid bamboo needs to be nailed down. Engineered flooring, whether bamboo or maple can be glued down or floating, depending on the type you buy. Refinishing engineered flooring is usually not feasible due to the thin layer of hardwood veneer used to engineer the flooring. I'd clarify with a flooring expert whether solid bamboo can be glued.

RE: Gluedown Bamboo vs, Floating Maple

"Floating" floors are sometimes weird to walk on, too;
it sounds & feels like you're walking on a countertop.

The bamboo floors I've seen & walked on have been really wonderful.

RE: Gluedown Bamboo vs, Floating Maple

We glued our bamboo flooring over concrete in my basement office- (glued to itself on the tongue and grooves, as a floating floor over underlay used for floating floors) It looks great, feels good and has a 25 year warranty, so I think it will hold up well. I don't know about refinishing, it is solid strips of bamboo with 8 layers of polyurethane. Very nice looking and a good price.

RE: Gluedown Bamboo vs, Floating Maple

I have bamboo in my current place. I would not do it again. It seems to be very fragile, cracking at the edges and easily dented. Mine is natural color, and I've heard the darker ones are even more delicate.

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