Costco and Bamboo Flooring - A Follow-Up

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

You may remember my post from a few weeks ago about some green-friendly products being sold at Costco.  I received several contacts regarding that post, but the most interesting just came in yesterday.  Here is the email:

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From: Bruce Baxter
Subject: Golden Arowana Bamboo Flooring

Thank you for mentioning our product that is sold in Costco. Bamboo flooring is the most environmentally friendly product used in flooring. In fact, it is the only readily renewable natural resource used in flooring, except for rocks! We also have rocks: Pebble Tiles.

Costco is the only retailer in the US (that I am aware of) that is offering a true premium bamboo flooring for around $2.00 s/f. The reason they can offer this premium bamboo for this price, is that they purchase very large quantities, do all their own shipping from China, and have a very low markup for profit.

Should you or others wish to learn more about Bamboo, please visit our Golden Arowana website at On this web site I try to educate Costco Members on bamboo that is beyond the hype so they can make an informed decision with regard to purchasing bamboo. Please feel free to contact should you wish additional information. Thank You again!

Bruce R. Baxter
Manufacturers' Representative - USA

I emailed Bruce back to ask him if I could include his letter on my blog.  I you are looking for another option for flooring you home take a look at this product - it is an ideal option for a remodeler on a budget!



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Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager
Sounds great, Todd.  No fun waiting until you move to put in a new floor!
Sep 06, 2007 02:13 PM #26
Evan Little
Surterre Properties - Santa Ana, CA
Eco, Live/Work, Sales and Management
A lot of great product on their site.  Thanks for posting this blog.
Sep 06, 2007 02:42 PM #27
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
I fell in love with bamboo flooring the first time I saw it!
Sep 14, 2007 01:51 PM #28
Alex Greb
(portland oregon real estate ) - Portland, OR

I just love costco. not to much to chose from but most of there ideams are very good.

May 22, 2008 02:38 AM #29
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Alex Greb ((portland oregon real estate ))

Alex, I agree - Costco does do a good job of buying.  Thanks for your comment!

May 22, 2008 03:14 PM #30
Christina (Asad) Cavins
Irongate Inc. REALTORS - Centerville, OH Search Ohio Homes For Sale

Informative post. I also wrote a post on Bamboo Flooring that you may want to check out.

Have a great day!


Jul 09, 2008 11:07 PM #31
Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

Great information Jeff. I had heard mention of the product but your link really gave me the insight I need.

Jul 10, 2008 02:31 PM #32
Pete Jalbert
The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. - Paia, HI

Maui is another place where Bamboo flooring is very popular. It really is a nice looking surface and there are different appearances for bamboo flooring. The one thing mentioned about scratching above is true. It can scratch a little easier. Those who own a couple of dogs may want to consider the effect of their claws on the flooring. Otherwise, it is a great choice, relatively economical and certainly a sustainable plant.

Jul 10, 2008 07:50 PM #33
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Christina Asad Edwards @ (Real Living Realty Services - #1 in Ohio!)

Thanks for resurrecting this post, Christina!  Seems like yesterday that I wrote it...

Bamboo is still hot here in Lancaster.

Jul 10, 2008 10:06 PM #34
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Sabrina Kelley ,Colorado Mountain Homes (Prudential Colorado Real Estate )

Sabrina, glad to be of help.  There's so much out here in AR it's easy to miss things.

Jul 10, 2008 10:07 PM #35
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Pete Jalbert R(S) (Jim Sanders Realty, Inc. )

Hi Pete.  Good reminders - I've seen some pretty scratched floors so caution and preplanning (like not in the entry) are musts.

Jul 10, 2008 10:09 PM #36
-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional

I have had my eye on it, and once the funds are available, I am all over it!  Thanks for sharing it!

Aug 28, 2008 05:39 PM #37
Tracy Soussi
Charlotte, NC
NC & SC Broker - Large Bank Foreclosures

Check out my last blog...

Aug 28, 2008 09:46 PM #38
I hate bamboo flooring!

My brand new apartment has bamboo flooring and I am sorry to say it is the worst flooring I have ever lived with.  Everything you drop leaves a mark.  Fancy high heeled shoes leave a mark unless the wearer happens to be twiggy.  In the three years I have lived here the flooring has black marks and holes that turn black just about everywhere people walk, sit or just live.  The finish is painted on and does not look good to begin with, then with how easily the floor gets damages after three short years this floor looks worse then the floor of my last apartment which I lived in for 15 years.


Aug 31, 2008 04:44 PM #39
Jeff@J&L Bamboo Products

If the bamboo wasn't prefinished with a layer call "aluminum oxide" then the scratches may be unavoidable which always happen on the low price bamboo flooring. Quality depends on the price and the price depends on the quality.

May 21, 2009 09:37 AM #42
Michelle Lamour

We just installed the Costco bamboo in our family room (ourselves!).  It looks beautiful.  I would like to point out that ANY wood floor will scratch if you wear high heels or drag furniture across it.  From what I understand, the scratches you see are actually scratches in the finish and can be refinished out.  I've read that the bamboo wood is harder than oak.  I wouldn't recommend using this in a rental property as you do need to take care not to scratch it.  Get a nice laminate.

Jun 02, 2009 04:06 PM #44

We are thinking of buying the Costco bamboo flooring.

What is the best way to install this? Can it be a "floating" floor? What type of nails? Do you need a special tool to nail it down? I'd rather not use glue because that kind of cancels out any type of eco-friendly benefit of the bamboo.



Jun 18, 2009 09:44 AM #45
David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

Bamboo flooring is the same as any solid wood tongue and groove strip flooring.  The best way to install it is with an angle nailer (nails at an angle through the tongue).  If you do not have experience with this process it can be difficult.  Angle nailers and compressers are rentable.  You will also need a face nailer (finish gun) for those areas close to the wall where the angle nailer does not fit.

Jun 18, 2009 01:12 PM #46
Adam Peters
There are so many pros as well as cons with bamboo floors. The following are just some pros to look at: durability, sustainability, environmentally friendly, easy to clean and easy to maintain. some cons: choosing the correct bamboo is essential, because all bamboo types are not right. It lasts as long as conventional hardwood floors. I found these few pros & cons, and further more at this guide: . Very useful for starters, because it covers all you need to know about bamboo floors. I hope my comment helps other readers. Cheers
Mar 05, 2010 01:51 AM #47
Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Jeff, I'm going to share this information with clients who may be interested in bamboo flooring.  I love Costco!

Jan 06, 2013 12:26 PM #48
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