Morning Star Bamboo Flooring Review

Morning Star Bamboo Flooring Review

You find yourself thumbing through award-winning home catalogs, gawking at the beautiful bamboo flooring glistening in the photos.

Fast forward a few hours, and you are now giving up your precious credit card number, in the hopes to have one of those photo ready homes. Was Morning Star Bamboo the right choice?

With the plenty of unique options, the Morning Star Bamboo flooring is sure to catch your eye.

But we all know, the worst part of remodeling a home is making mistakes. Whether it’s wasting money, or picking something with constant issues, we all want to be confident that our purchase is the best option.

HGTV makes these beautiful home remodels look easier than they are. I’m here to help you sort between the good and evil of the home remodeling confusion. In this article, I will be reviewing Morning Star Bamboo. Here are some things you can expect to read about:

Pros and Cons of Bamboo

After designing my mother’s home, she decided to have bamboo flooring installed after researching the pros and cons. After having it in our home for ten years, here are some of the pros and cons that we discovered after living with the flooring.

  • Bamboo is a soft wood.
  • Bamboo requires more specialty care.
  • The flooring provides a unique look.
  • It is an eco-friendly flooring choice

In our home, the specialty care did not have a huge impact, once we learned the best method for upkeep. The softness of the wood was the biggest con overall.

I still remember the fight when my brother dropped a screwdriver on the floor, and it left a pretty x on the floor for my mother to look at every day. The wood is soft, and susceptible to denting, no matter how much the website raves of the hardness of the wood. However, it isn’t something to actively worry about day to day.

Besides those two drawbacks the flooring is a great choice. My mom loved how unique it was to other wood flooring options, and I loved the eco-friendly aspect of the bamboo.

All in all, both my mother and I would choose to install bamboo flooring again. However, after researching Morning Star Bamboo, I would do a lot of research into which company you purchase it from.

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Morning Star or Bust?

Bamboo itself does not seem to be the issue with the Morning Star brand. As mentioned before, the flooring does have its shortcomings.

Yes, you are getting a softer wood that may require more specialty care; however, splitting and separating of the flooring is never acceptable, especially not with a flooring that is as expensive as Morning Star’s.

After spending hours on the internet, my initial overview of the product was that it is generally not as budget-friendly than some of the other click together bamboo competitors. With that, I expected to read about a higher quality product.

It seems that this product looks better than it is to the untrained eye, but digging a little deeper it had many pitfalls.

The flooring offers a 30-year warranty, which has now had a light shined on it by the legal sector. With a class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators, the claims on the products website of the flooring being, “extremely durable” and “free of defects” are being called into question.

According to reviews, many people had issues with the product in the first year, sometimes even while installing the product. When being installed by a professional the flooring would split, dent, and even separate very early on.

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Is Lumber Liquidators the Culprit?

After reading the thousands of reviews of Lumber Liquidators, it seems the overall trend is positive. There were some issues, as with any large-scale company. However, that did not seem to be the topic of most of the reviews.

In comparing the reviews of Lumber Liquidators to the reviews of the Morning Star Bamboo flooring, the reviews of Lumber Liquidators much exceed those of Morning Star. The Chinese-made flooring has more complaints than compliments, which leads me to believe it may be a poor investment for a new flooring option. However, I don’t think it’s Lumber Liquidators that is the bad investment.

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D-I-Y or Don’t-I-Y

With the Morning Star Bamboo, and all of its issues, I would not suggest self-installation. If you do decide to go with Morning Star bamboo, I would leave the installation to the professionals.

It seems that even when done correctly, there are still major issues with the flooring. This does not seem like an easy, weekend project, even for the professionals.

If you are looking for something you can do yourself, then click-together flooring is a good choice. I installed it myself, with little knowledge of flooring, and have had no issues so far. However, this bamboo may not be the best choice for beginners.

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The Verdict is In

Our opinion is that Morning Star is not worth the headache or the cost. Bamboo is a specialty flooring that does have some trade-offs for the beautiful look. However, falling apart and separating are not the expected results of any bamboo flooring product.

If you do decide to go with Morning Star I would strongly suggest having a professional install it. I do not believe the culprit is the provider.

Lumber Liquidators seems to have their array of positive and negative reviews, but the trend seems to be positive. On the contrary, when reading about Morning Star Bamboo, it was difficult to find a single positive review.

I urge you to do your own research, and if you have had an experience with Morning Star Bamboo, good or bad, let us know in the comments!

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18 thoughts on “Morning Star Bamboo Flooring Review”

  1. We had Morning Star Bamboo flooring installed and I must say it turned out beautiful. HOWEVER, it was the worst decision ever made. Our floor began to warp and lift throughout the home. Applied professionally according to manufacturer/LL recommendations. LL contends that install was wrong. We will never buy bamboo and never deal with LL again.

  2. We installed two bedrooms with solid strand click bamboo from LL about two years ago and the floor still looks beautiful! The only place where there is a tiny gap is between the closet and the room itself because those pieces were not connected with the click system.

  3. Had morning star bamboo installed by LL. Looked amazing and really loved the new remodel in our home for about 2 weeks. We went with a dark colored finish and was told by the salesman that this was the most durable and easy to maintain floor on the market. Floor has been down now for about 18 months and honestly it looks 10 years old. Very dissatisfied with this product!

  4. Morningstar 1/2” is not good flooring. The surface is hard but the tongue splinters off whether shooting it down with a 15gauge flooring nailer or a 18guage flooring gun. Being so hard makes it brittle. I would never put bamboo in my own house. Long story short “good stuff is not cheap and cheap stuff is not good, period.”

  5. Have morning star from lumber liquidators. Would not purchase again. A lil puppy dog damaged floor on just 1 visit. Not as strong as we were told it would be. Professionally installed. Had to have them come back to nail edge boards down that they missed. And get putty for splits in wood where the nails are. Live and learn.

  6. Wow. I was getting worried reading some earlier comments. We had bamboo bought from LL but had a small kitchen fire. The floor was scratched when the firefighters were taking out the stove. The old bamboo was torn up and we have the morning star xd acclimating and waiting to be put down. I have a lesser grade morning star upstairs and it has done well. I hope the new stuff does as well downstairs as the stuff upstairs.

  7. We bought a house in August 2018 in Athens, GA. Beautiful Morning Star XD Engineered Bamboo floor installed by ‘someone’ prior to our purchase. By mid September it had started buckling. My question now is how do I fix this problem?

    Has anyone had any success in resolving this other than ripping out and replacing with different product? Not installed on slab but on some kind of sub-floor on main floor over basement. Mild weather, and yes air conditioned house. Seemed to start as soon as weather cooled off a bit. HELP!

  8. Yvonne Przybylski

    I am so dissatisfied with our morning star bamboo flooring which we purchased at the lumber liquidators in Fargo North Dakota. We’ve had it about two years, and it’s been a headache shortly after it was professionally installed.The buckling, the finish, the footprints and streaks are nearly impossible to keep up with. I am glad the Class action lawsuit is being waged against MorningStar and the lumber liquidators that sold it without giving us warning. I hope this can be resolved.

  9. I had Morning Star Bamboo installed in the master bedroom, office, and living room six years ago. No issues and the floors still look great.

    1. I installed it 4 years ago in my new construction house (850 square feet of wood) and it looks great. I have no idea what people are talking about that it’s soft. We drop a lot of items on it and not one dent. I installed the thickest available and on plywood.

  10. Bought a second home, a double wide manufactured home in Florida in July, 2018, that had just been remodeled with Morning Star Bamboo from Lumber Liquidators, throughout! Absolutely beautiful! Went home, as always left air on 84 degrees! Came back down two days ago and almost fell into the kitchen when i tripped over the buckled hump by the counter. Flooring is raised and buckled throughout the whole house!

  11. Arthur Paul Johnson

    Had Morning Star XD bamboo flooring professionally installed in my home in Portland, OR in June of 2018. Had considered other manufacturers. Chose the thicker material at 5/8 inches. Seasoned the product in opened-at-end packaging for 5 weeks before install. Leveled basement concrete floor before install, so very flat. Covered concrete floor with recommended underlay, left space at manufacturer recommended spacing locations. Result: product is as hard as advertised. Heavy traffic on tarp covered bamboo during subsequent major remodel left no scratches. Plenty of objects dropped and no dents. Dog lives here and has run of house – no scratches. Beautiful color. No splitting, cracking etc. To date I’m completely satisfied and everyone who sees it, loves it. My experience leads me to doubt the credibility of the article from this reviewer.

    1. Floor Critics

      Hi Arthur,

      Great to hear you’ve had a positive experience with Morning Star’s Bamboo, and understand your criticism. We’re always looking to improve our content to make it as helpful as possible for flooring buyers & researchers. We’ll queue this review up for another look.

      Rob @ FloorCritics

  12. Had Lumber Liquidators install Morning Star strand bamboo flooring in 3 bedrooms and hallway 18 months ago. Still looks brand new, having 3 more rooms and 3 sets of stairs done in a few weeks. Got a dog in the house that weighs over 50lbs, hasn’t put a scratch on it!

  13. Instaled bamboo flooring from Lumber Liquidators on all my bedrooms in the house 4 years ago, NOT a single problem and it looks as good as when it got installed.

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