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Bamboo looks great and gives that great hardwood floor look for less cost. It's far more natural looking and feeling (very important in my view) than laminate flooring. It gives a home or office a very warm feel. Since bamboo is a grass and not a tree, it grows much faster than trees. This means as a renewable resource it regenerates faster and therefore produces more product with less resources (i.e. land). That said, since bamboo grows in China (mostly), there is an environmental cost to shipping it to home improvement retailers in the west and Europe. Bamboo once harvested need not be replanted because its roots remain after harvest. Again, some efficiencies are lost because of shipping costs. This may be a bamboo con rather than a pro (see bamboo flooring cons below) - however, softer floors may appeal to you as home gym flooring if you're working out on the floor. The bamboo plant is a very durable and tough material which extends to its use for a floor. Bamboo for flooring goes through a fair amount of processing in order to get the end product that's in demand today - being locking, polished bamboo flooring. Bamboo is softer than hardwood and therefore may dent and scratch more readily. That said, it is still an incredibly durable wood floor - the bamboo plant is an extremely durable natural material. If you lift weights or use fitness equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike, you'll want to place rubber mats on the bamboo.
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