Thanks for the response. My strong preference is for natural materials. I have never tried bamboo. I’ve always been in homes w/ standard oak floors, which I’ve refinished and matched when covering additional rooms.
In my previous house, we did the family room in vinyl plank. It had sliding doors to the back yard, and got a ton of traffic from the kids and dogs. We were extremely pleased with the durability. And I kid you not, many, many people commented thinking it was wood, and often did not believe us when we said it wasn’t.
That was 10-15 yrs ago, and vinyl products have improved. We just used it in our 2 lower levels - both of which are on concrete slab. We used wider planks, which have textured grain. It even feels good in barefeet. And my understanding is that it is very good in places where it might get wet - such as in a laundry room.
I’m a total stickler for repeats in ceramic tile, and there ARE repeats in these planks. But you have to be looking for them to find them. And if you pay attention during the install to place your cuts, it is REALLY hard for someone else to notice the repeat. More of a problem if you choose something with a dramatic pattern.
Just my experience. Like I said, if I had the option and if it were right for the application, I’d ALWAYS go with the natural product. Not sure what advantage engineered wood has over solid wood. Is it THAT much cheaper?
I’ve been interested in bamboo in the past, just never really had an opportunity where it seemed to make more sense than either wood or vinyl.