Give up? Don’t. It’s a grass – bamboo, to you.
Because of its stability and with the strength of red oak and hardness of red maple, bamboo makes an excellent “wood” choice either above or below grade installation. Bamboo can be glued to concrete, stapled to a wood subfloor or floated. Although it is dimensionally stable, bamboo should not be exposed to high moisture. To ensure a trouble free installation, it should be unboxed and acclimated in your home.
From a design standpoint, bamboo is naturally light in color except for the “knuckles,” as the growth segments are called, which have a darker, mottled look. It is the distinctive knuckles that give bamboo its slightly Eastern look. Many darker colors can be achieved through a heat and pressure process called caramelization. The longer the heat and pressure, the darker the colors, because this process is not a stain, the color is permanent. Consider an area rug with your bamboo floors, for example, natural woven grass, sisal and coir which will add to that Eastern or natural look, as well as add to “lighter feel” of the floor. Bamboo should be cleaned with a non-alkaline substance, no water or oils. Usually sold pre-finished, bamboo can also be purchased in an unfinished form and can be sanded and refinished by a professional familiar with bamboo.