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Bamboo Buying & Pricing Guide

Before you buy bamboo flooring, you should understand why you might see a wide range of prices for bamboo. The price or cost of bamboo flooring is largely dependent on the quality of the material. In this bamboo pricing section you will learn about what goes into determining the cost of bamboo flooring. We start with the grade of the bamboo, talk about the flooring adhesives used, the construction of the bamboo floor, the top layer finish used, and ultimately the brand or manufacturer of the flooring.

Using this cost of bamboo flooring guide will be a great reference when shopping for bamboo flooring materials and products – it can help to reduce and/or maintain your budget by keeping you informed. There is usually a reason why one bamboo floor is cheaper than another bamboo, especially if it is by a wide margin. Remember the saying, if it is too good to be true, then it probably is; this holds true with the cost of bamboo floors.

Bamboo Buying Guide Sections


The grade of bamboo flooring describes the overall quality of the raw bamboo material itself, along with the other floor related materials such as flooring adhesive and top coat finish. Although bamboo manufacturers can alter the names of the grades, in most bamboo flooring circles, the grades are labeled as Grade A and Grade B, with Grade A bamboo being the higher quality flooring product.

  • A: Grade "A" bamboo flooring is made of bamboo that has been allowed to fully mature; a process that typically takes 5-7 years. This high quality bamboo generally maintains a consistent color, and is resistant to mold and fungi growth. Others features of "A" grade bamboo include non-toxic, formaldehyde free adhesives as well as finishes with low VOCs. The term VOCs stand for volatile organic compounds and are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Exposure to VOC's can present health problems including cancer.
  • B: Grade "B" bamboo floors are generally manufactured from bamboo that hasn't fully-matured. The result can be uneven color from plank to plank as well as within the same piece of flooring. In addition, bamboo cut before it has been able to fully mature might produce a weaker product that's more susceptible to mold and fungi growth. Grade B bamboo is often weaker than Grade A, and can't dent or chip more easily. Other areas of the manufacturing process that give bamboo a "B" Grade rating include; using finishes with high level of VOC's and other toxins and using lower quality adhesives that contain high levels of formaldehyde. If you are wondering why there are significant price differences between bamboo flooring from one place to the next, chances are it has to do with the grades and manufacturing processes.

Flooring Adhesives (glues)

Flooring adhesives (glues) containing low to no formaldehyde content are normally more expensive than those with higher levels. High levels of formaldehyde can cause illness and induce allergy-like symptoms when inhaled. Help minimize the air pollutants in your home by making sure that the glue you choose meets E-1 standards (European regulation for formaldehyde content). The flooring industry refers to the European regulations (E-1) and quality standards because they are higher than those in the USA. Ask your bamboo flooring salesperson if the glue container formaldehyde, and if they don't seem sure of their answer, contact the bamboo manufacturer. Formaldehyde is often used because it is a cheaper source of glue, and therefore the overall cost of the bamboo flooring will be cheaper. The type and quality of adhesive directly impacts the cost of bamboo flooring.


In most cases bamboo manufacturers charge a premium for vertical constructed bamboo. This is because vertical bamboo is comprised of more bamboo pieces than its horizontal counterpart. Strand woven bamboo undergoes a much lengthier manufacturing process than regular horizontal or vertical bamboo. This results in a higher production cost which typically results in a higher price of bamboo flooring at your local floor covering store.


Grade "A" bamboo flooring tends to be more resilient and more durable than Grade "B" bamboo floors. It only makes sense that a stronger bamboo floor will have a higher price. The durability of the top finish coat is a big factor in the overall cost of bamboo. If the price of bamboo flooring that you are looking at is drastically less expensive than at other reputable flooring stores, you may want to enquire about the flooring finish.

Flooring Top Coat Finish

The flooring coating finish that is applied in the last step of bamboo floor manufacturing can determine whether the same floor is going to be significantly more or less in price. Above we talked about VOC's and how they are harmful to your health. Just like the floor adhesives, the bamboo floor finish can contain VOC's. To ensure that you are getting the best flooring finish for your health and for the environment, make sure that the finish contains little to no VOC's. Companies like Bona Kemi make eco-friendly floor finishes that contain no VOC's and compare in strength to those finishes that contain harmful VOC levels. Bona Kemi finishes are not the only green friendly bamboo floor finish in the market, so be sure to ask your salesperson what type of finish their bamboo floors have.


Depending on where you purchase your bamboo flooring materials, different warranties may be offered. Be sure to ask if there is a warranty included and if your local retailer or flooring manufacturer offers an extended warranty. The length (time frame) of the bamboo floor warranty may be another factor in determining the price of bamboo floors. Also note that the more reputable a bamboo flooring manufacturer, usually the higher the likelihood of a bamboo floor warranty being honored.

Brand/ Label/ Manufacturer

When it comes to the cost of bamboo floors and materials, brand name makes a difference. Certain brands or manufacturers that have more recognition are generally more expensive than plain label or unknown entities due to their professional reputation, time in the industry, and proven quality product. By default, a lesser–known brand may not necessarily have a lower quality product, but the popularity and therefore usage and proven quality may not be comparable to a company with a well–established reputation. Just because the bamboo floor is made by a well known brand doesn’t mean the price of their bamboo flooring will be the highest, it can be just another factor to think about when shopping for bamboo flooring and comparing prices.

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