Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 94, Issue 36
From: Grace Kim (graceschemataworkshop.com)
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 23:01:24 -0800 (PST)
Trouble with bamboo flooring these days is that due to "fashion trends", there 
are quickly renewable (aka fast growing) bamboos that are being used for 
flooring. Ive read that these bamboos are softer and more probe to damage than 
the "old growth" bamboo.

I think the previous points about durability and prestressed wood flooring are 
spot on.

Another consideration is to find salvaged gym or bowling lane 
flooring...hard/durable wood, interesting finish. But still these will require 
maintenance (polish/wax- and NO high heels).


grace h. kim
schemata workshop 
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> From: "Andrea Carlson" <apierlioni [at] aol.com>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Flooring in CH
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> Hello All:
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> I am reporting from Nevada City Cohousing regarding our flooring.  We have a
> prefabricated bamboo finished floor which unfortunately did not perform very
> well for us.  The floor is about 5 + years old and needs a complete redo.
> There are gouges and scratches everywhere and it looks just terrible.  I am
> so disappointed in its performance.  Therefore, my advice to you is to seek
> out DURABILITY in whatever products are used for the CH.  It seems our CH
> gets much harder use than private homes.  While establishing a no shoes
> policy will definitely help the matter, it is practically difficult to
> enforce at all times.
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> I guess it is a community decision what type of environmental products to
> use at the expense of more frequent replacement.  I would be eager to read
> anyone's suggestions of a flooring that really worked well and held up in CH
> use as no doubt, we will be looking to replace ours soon.
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> Andrea Carlson
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> Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:40:45 -0800
> From: "Norman Gauss" <normangauss [at] charter.net>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Flooring in CH
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> We at Oak Creek Commons in Paso Robles, CA chose a pre-stressed wooden floor
> for the great room of the common house.  The wood already had imperfections
> and stress marks when installed.  Now, after seven years of heavy use, it
> appears no more stressed than when installed.
> 
> Norm Gauss
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrea Carlson [mailto:apierlioni [at] aol.com] 
> Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 11:20 AM
> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org
> Subject: [C-L]_ Flooring in CH
> 
> 
> Hello All:
> 
> 
> 
> I am reporting from Nevada City Cohousing regarding our flooring.  We have a
> prefabricated bamboo finished floor which unfortunately did not perform very
> well for us.  The floor is about 5 + years old and needs a complete redo.
> There are gouges and scratches everywhere and it looks just terrible.  I am
> so disappointed in its performance.  Therefore, my advice to you is to seek
> out DURABILITY in whatever products are used for the CH.  It seems our CH
> gets much harder use than private homes.  While establishing a no shoes
> policy will definitely help the matter, it is practically difficult to
> enforce at all times.
> 
> 
> 
> I guess it is a community decision what type of environmental products to
> use at the expense of more frequent replacement.  I would be eager to read
> anyone's suggestions of a flooring that really worked well and held up in CH
> use as no doubt, we will be looking to replace ours soon.
> 
> 
> 
> Andrea Carlson
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