Bamboo Flooring – Is It Hard Or Soft?

Of course, this is not a simple answer. While bamboo is technically a grass, It’s usually classified as a hardwood. If you search on the web for the Janka hardness (a rating meant to standardize the hardness of wood), you get all sorts of answers. Janka is a scale based on measurement of the force necessary to embed a.444-inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood. Red Oak is the standard at 1290. I have seen bamboo classified from as low as 1,010 to as high as 3000 (but most would agree it’s harder than oak and it generally seems to fall in 1350-1400 range). Almost every other hardwood has a consistent number from site to site. Why the discrepancy on bamboo???

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Bamboo Flooring – Is It Hard Or Soft?