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I am currently destruction testing various samples of bamboo flooring. They are now soaking in water for about 24 hours. I think if they don't warp after 3 days they will be ok for the purpose. I will then test them heat wise, probably in the oven at 150 degrees F or so for an hour.
I looked into laminate, and tiles. I think tiles would be very heavy, and time consuming to do right. The underlying plywood would have to be extra stiff, to ensure that the tiles don't crack, adding more weight.
Laminate would be more expensive than the bamboo idea, though admittedly it is the best stuff for the job. It would require some interesting solutions to what to do with trim, because I think a squared off edge doesn't look terrific (that's what the original was, and it looked cheap to my eye). Laminate would be the lightest solution I think, and the most durable.
But the bamboo just looks so good to me, and in the opinion of my girlfriend's father who is helping with the project. I still have to decide, and further destruction testing of the bamboo is required, but if I do go with the bamboo I would make it a light bamboo color, then a dark varnished trim to match the rest of the interior. The bamboo would add structural strength, so I could probably get away with 1/2 inch ply underlay.
Last edited by peterchech; 11-22-2011 at 01:13 PM.