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Here is a great article by a regular Hometalker about the downsides of bamboo.
Also, I agree with those guys about the moisture concerns.
From a durability a common sense approach wood is not the best.
Since I wrote My blog post on bamboo and "greenwashing" I found this study that compares just the transports embodied energy...bamboo lost again to concrete's Manufacture AND Transport...no
To put the icing on this greenwashed "cake" the Embodied energy to transport bamboo 1/2 way around the planet makes bamboo even more energy rich than the Manufacture AND Transport of Concrete which is a high energy input product in it self.
The embodied energy values can be found here.
From a "greener" perspective using native domestic hardwoods which contribute far less "carbon" to the products "carbon foot print." That and the fact that you would be supporting a USA grown and produced product.
The US timber industry is far better managed than nearly all of the third world operations and finding FSC (forestry stewardship council) certified material is not too tough.
As a final note...having a "real" wood floor that can be finished over and over...and thereby Outlive 3, 4 or even 5 bamboo floors...is indeed the better choice. In my many years of refinishing floors I have yet to see a bamboo floor last just a fraction of a real floor.
If that's what you love, get it! Your house, you have to live with it!
There really isn't a "right" or "wrong", just what's right for you. Pretty much any floor finish (within reason) if installed properly will be just fine. If you go with what you truly love, there will be no regrets down the road.
BTW who is trying to talk you out of tile?
In many installs I have done the addition of a radiant heating element adds a very nice touch.
When installing the radiant floor in a tiled situation, extreme care must be taken in laying the mesh and covering with thinset..........one nick in the wire and you have major problems.
In terms of cost, overall you are looking at approximately $1.50 per sq ft which cover all materials, thermostatic control and a dedicated 20AMP electrical circuit.
And there is nothing like a warm tile floor in the winter months when step on it.
Best of all, it's an electric mat requiring very little prep and installs easily on top of the subfloor as described by KMS. It's not really sufficient for primary heating, but will make tile floors feel warm underfoot per its design.