Declare® Certification: Smith & Fong’s latest sustainability milestone.

August 29, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring, Declare Certification, Plywood and Veneer

DeclarePlywoodIn 2007 we began the process of removing urea formaldehyde from our core Plyboo bamboo product range, including flooring and plywood. In 2008 we achieved the world’s first FSC certification, for our moso bamboo forest resource in China. Later in 2008 we began converting our manufacturing processes to accept a formaldehyde-free, soy-based resin system, the product made from this adhesive was branded Soybond. These were all-important milestones for us, and the bamboo industry at large and helped push the healthy interiors movement forward. This year we achieved Declare® Certification for our PlybooPure (Soybond) bamboo flooring and plywood products, which still represent the cornerstone of what Smith & Fong stands for. This certification was an important step for us as it is the highest standard for sustainability and environmental health for an interior finish product. Declare Certification was developed by the International Living Future Institute™ (ILFI) as part of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), to demand complete transparency from products used in LBC projects. Our Soybond products received the highest marks in the rating system. To achieve this a product must contain no “Red List” components. “Red List,” ingredients represent the “worst in class” materials, chemicals, and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem. In order to achieve Declare Certification, no Red List ingredients can be part of a project’s materials. The Red List includes:

  • Asbestos
  • Cadmium
  • Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Chloroprene (Neoprene)
  • Formaldehyde (added)
  • Halogenated Flame Retardants
  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
  • Lead (added)
  • Mercury
  • Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides
  • Phthalates
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol

ILFI’s Living Building Challenge is today’s platinum standard in green building, expanding on—and exceeding—the standards established by LEED a decade ago. The ILFI organization is young, energetic and sophisticated and is the kind of organization Smith & Fong is proud to be part of.

Best Flooring Options for High Rise Condos and Apartments

March 21, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring

There is nothing more important than having the right ambiance in your luxury condominium, apartment, or loft space. Our company understands how painstakingly hard you’ve worked to ensure that your residents live in the epitome of comfort, so we’ve designed flooring systems to put your construction plans closer to that goal.

Plyboo offers two incredibly versatile flooring underlayments systems. The first is PlybooQuiet, an underlayment system were expertly crafted to drastically reduce noise in a multi-level residence. PlybooQuiet transforms any living space into a sanctuary of tranquility. The second is PlybooFit, a performance underlayment system created for fitness spaces, recreation facilities, common areas, and activity rooms. PlybooFit is perfect for any amenities your building has to offer.

Both PlybooQuiet and PlybooFit are 93% post-consumer recycled rubber subfloor underlayments that can be paired with any Smith & Fong Plyboo or Durapalm floor. Turn your living space into a pleasant retreat from noisy urban life with PlybooQuiet or turn your residents’ fitness area into an exclusive workout facility with PlybooFit. PlybooFit can be used in common spaces such as activity rooms as well.  To learn more about each system, please visit their pages respectively by clicking here: PlybooFit or PlybooQuiet.

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The New Plyboo.com

March 16, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring

Plyboo.com has a new look. 

 

Our website has changed to better serve you. We’ve really simplified the way the site works so you can find products with ease. Videos, photos, and downloadable information is easy to find. We also made the text larger so that the site is easier to read. Here’s a quick and easy guide to the new website and its features.

 

Menu Bar Updates

We changed our menu to make navigation simpler. You can now find everything that you’re looking for either at the top menu or along the side navigation bar on the left (pictured left). The menu bar (top) has a description of what you’ll find when you click. For example, Products & Systems is where you’ll find all of our product categories, flooring and underlayment systems, new products such as decking and lumber, as well as our popular items such as the Deco Palm panels. The navigation bar can be used to find everything from where to buy our products, FAQs, downloads, and more. This simple tool will direct you to every part of the website and makes it possible for you to find things time and again.

If you’re wondering where to find installation instructions, warranties, or CSI sheets, visit the downloads page. If you’d like to contact us, you can do so three ways: by email, phone, the contact form, the sample request form, or the quote form. Someone in our office will answer your inquiry during business hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:30pm PST. Be sure to also check out our Galleries which includes photos and video of our products.

Front Page Features

The landing page now shows our new products both in the slideshow on top, and in the What’s New at Plyboo section. You can get the scoop on new launches, special promotions, and news about the company here. We also added the Architect & Designer Corner to help professionals go straight to what they’re looking for such as: e-Binders, CSIs, Installation Instructions, and the AIA accredited Continuing Education Course through McGraw Hill.

Buying Made Easier

You can get quotes or, in the case of our flooring and accessories, buy online. We’ve gone through great lengths to make your experience better. We added product shots so you can see more detail of how it looks, installation photos, and, where applicable, videos about the product features.

You can buy flooring online by choosing buy now. For plywood, decking and lumber, please request a quote by filling out our quote form.

Downloads Section Updated  for Faster Service

We updated our downloads section so you can find what you need much faster. You can now get Binders, Catalogs, Flooring and Underlayment System Information, CSIs, Installation Instructions, Warranties and more in our downloads section. Be sure to check here if you’d like any written information about our company or products.

Why Plyboo?

We updated our About Us and Sustainabilty sections to help our visitors understand why they should choose Plyboo. We’re a close-knit team dedicated to manufacturing high-quality, eco-friendly products. Be sure to visit the About Us page and get to know Plyboo.

Stained vs. Natural Bamboo Plyboo and Bamboo Veneer

March 14, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring

 Amber is not a stain. Although the Amber is darker than the natural, it’s the natural color of the product.


People often ask about the variation in color in some of our products. It is usually assumed that our popular selling Amber Edge Grain and Flat Grain bamboo products, as well as the Havana Strand bamboo flooring and bamboo plywood are stained because of their darker coloring.  This isn’t so! The darker hues of both our Amber and Havana products are the products’ natural colors and have no stains or dyes.

The Amber color is achieved when the sugars that are in the bamboo caramelize during the manufacturing process. You will notice a variation of color between and within sheets with is normal and natural to the product. In short, the bamboo is “cooked” and the caramelized sugars inside the bamboo make it look darker in appearance.

The Havana bamboo product lines are also dark because of the manufacturing process.  Similar to the processing for Amber, some bamboo strips are cooked. These carbonized strips are then compressed into a super-strong board (or sheet). The heat and pressure of this process makes the color a deep brown color.

So there you have it. PlybooStrand Havana strand composite bamboo flooring, bamboo plywood, and bamboo veneers are the natural color just as Plyboo Edge Grain and Flat Grain bamboo flooring, bamboo plywood, and bamboo veneers and edge banding are.  Plyboo does offer a few stained products to offer a wider range of looks. Please visit our website to compare our offerings.

What is PlybooFit?

March 6, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring

What is PlybooFit?

Neopolitan flooring was used in this Northern California fencing studio. PlybooFit is versatile and can be installed with any Plyboo or Durapalm floor. Talk to a representative to see which flooring option is the best choice.

PlybooFit is an underlayment system designed to enhance our bamboo flooring for stage, dance, yoga, fitness, retail, or general home comfort uses. The underlayment system is made with 93% post consumer recycled rubber and is installed underneath the Plyboo bamboo floor. It is extremely versatile and can work in several situations. Let’s explore a few:

1.) PlybooFit for Retail

Carla is ready to renovate her salon. She has a large number of regular customers, and her staff has grown to 8 stylists. There’s so much action in Carla’s salon: from falling hair pins to high heel wearing customers. The stylists spend hours standing, and that can really get uncomfortable no matter what kind of shoes you’re wearing.

Fortunately, Carla chose PlybooStrand with a PlybooFit underlayment.  No flooring sales representative wants anyone to walk around in high heels, let alone drop anything. However, life deals in reality and not in ideal situations. The strand bamboo floor is the strongest bamboo floor on the market and can take what you toss at it. An even better strand bamboo choice is Plyboo’s Stiletto strand bamboo flooring. It’s textured surface makes it ideal in high traffic situation while matching the superb strength of our regular PlybooStrand line. It’s made for high traffic commercial use, and it’s 6 designer color options make it a stylish choice to boot.

PlybooFit underlayment system also gives relief to tired legs by absorbing a great deal of the weight from standing all day. It also absorbs some of the shock of dropped items in the salon. PlybooFit is clearly more than a fitness pad, it’s a comfort system for long-standing situations.

2.) PlybooFit is Fitness

Plyboo fitness installations in New York, Los Angeles, and Newcastle, England.

Lenny took over the lease of the neighborhood gym and found himself having to replace the old floor. He went with the PlybooSport bamboo gym floor installed over the PlybooFit rubber padded underlayment. A match made in fitness heaven!

PlybooSport is designed for high impact, high activity usage. When paired with PlybooFit, you have a flooring combination that is made for fitness. PlybooFit padding is designed specifically for lesser impact than basketball, so it is perfect for gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios. There is just the right level of absorption offered for maximum performance. Considering the multi-uses that happen in a gym such as martial arts classes, yoga, and dance aerobics, it works for group fitness just as well as in the weight room.

3.) PlybooFit at Home

Donna and Eric have three kids and they installed Plyboo Edge Grain bamboo flooring over PlybooFit in the kid’s playroom. Since the playroom is upstairs, Donna and Eric not only have installed a floor that can keep up with their active tots, they’ve spared their ears the noise of their running and tumbling. PlybooFit not only responds to activity, it dampens the sounds of feet overhead.

4.) PlybooFit is Modern

Stiletto in Cerused Taupe is used for a yoga studio over the PlybooFit underlayment.

Kaliki is the owner of an upscale yoga studio and chose to install the beautiful mosaic PlybooSquared end-grain bamboo flooring over PlybooFit. There’s just the right level of absorption to comfort those participating in activities without shoes. He loved the look of the flooring, and placing it over the fit padding offers the support needed for barefoot activities. PlybooFit is so versatile, he suggested it to his friend to install in her upscale boutique with the Plyboo Stiletto strand bamboo floor.

Remember, PlybooFit is an underlayment made specially for fitness facilities, rooms that see a lot of activity, areas that people are active with lighter support shoes or no shoes at all, and in work situations where employees stand for a long time. This versatile padded underlayment can be purchased with any Plyboo or Durapalm brand floor. Ask a representative why PlybooFit is a good choice, today.