Install a Bamboo Deck with PlybooDex

January 27, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring

Our Canadian distributor, Taproot, raced the coming snow to complete their bamboo deck in preparation for next spring.  Imagine the satisfaction when the grey clouds part and summer is in full swing.

After seeing PlybooDex at a tradeshow, they knew they wanted to sun themselves on it next summer.  They ordered the bamboo deck and deck fasteners and set to work, camera in tow. Before getting started, the built a base out of lumber.  The two decided they wanted it to be installed in two levels, so it appears that the deck floats towards the house.

They documented the installation of their Plyboo bamboo deck with photographs, which we put into a sweet little video outlining a few tips and tricks to improve your decking install.

Enjoy!

Quieter Flooring with PlybooQuiet

January 12, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring



Above is a diagram of PlybooQuiet. The 1/8” recycled rubber pad keeps heavy footsteps and other daily noises at bay.

 

Plyboo is your provider of sustainable, formaldehyde free flooring. The company now offers rest to weary minds and ears with it’s sound reducing pad, PlybooQuiet. PlybooQuiet absorbs the pitter patter of little and not so little feet in your multi-level home, apartment, and condo.  It enhances any living situation where there are feet overhead by drastically reducing the sounds of walking, playing, and all the little knocks of everyday life.

PlybooQuiet is an excellent choice for apartment buildings, condominiums, and single family homes with more than one level because of its sound absorbing ability.  Here’s how it works:

Roll out PlybooQuiet and and then install your Plyboo bamboo floor on top.  That’s it.

The padding absorbs the sound on top, thereby making the room that you’re in and the rooms underneath you less noisy.  A major selling point at the tradeshows was our in-house sales rep’s “silent stilettos.” The pad absorbed the sound of the clicking of her heels to the amazement of tradeshow participants.

You can use PlybooQuiet with any Plyboo bamboo floor or Durapalm palm floor.

Plyboo flooring is formaldehyde free.  It is SoyBond manufactured with 100% bamboo and a natural, soy adhesive.  Pair the Plyboo SoyBond floor with PlybooQuiet’s 93% post consumer recycled rubber subfloor system and you’ve not only eased your conscience, you’ve eased your ears into a world of quiet.

Play with limitless combinations you can make by paring Plybooquiet with any Plyboo bamboo floor, Durapalm or Deco palm floor.  Plyboo bamboo flooring and PlybooQuiet acoustical underlayment system work together harmoniously while keeping things green.

On top, Plyboo flooring is SoyBond manufactured with 100% bamboo and a natural, soy adhesive that is 100% formaldehyde free.  While underneath it all, PlybooQuiet’s 93% post consumer recycled rubber has not only eased your conscience, but delivered ears into a world of quiet.

Our Hardest Floor Gets Glamourous

December 8, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

There are six color offerings for Stiletto Strand Bamboo Flooring listed from left to right: Brushed Havana, Brushed Sahara, Cerused Eclipse, Cerused Espresso, Cerused Pearl, and Cerused Taupe.

Your boots were made for walking all over our Stiletto strand bamboo floors.  Stiletto is as fashion forward as you are, and it’s just as tough. Its timelessness, however, doesn’t end with its attractiveness. Stiletto is built to stand up to whatever you put down.

The need to design a bamboo floor that shattered the stereotypes has arrived.  Being strong wasn’t enough, this new floor had to be striking.  On one hot New York City day, Stiletto was born.  This floor takes bamboo flooring to the next level with its color, texture and style.

Stiletto is a 100% bamboo floor made using strand technology.  It’s more than 2 times the hardness of red oak.  Don’t let Stiletto’s luxuriousness fool you. It’s urea formaldehyde-free for better indoor air quality

Product Attributes:

  • Strand bamboo composite flooring
  • 7 Coat Poly and Seal Finish
  • No added urea formaldehyde resin system
  • Dimensions: 9/16” x 5” x 72”
  • Weight: 70lbs/box
  • Strength: 3500 psi
  • Passes CA Section 01350 Emissions Standards
  • See CSI for ASTM Test Results
  • Visit www.plyboo.com for warranty details

Good things come in pairs.  Combine Stiletto with an underlayment system to fit your installation needs.

Stiletto is commercial grade flooring, ideal for your business. Stiletto flooring is the toughest around. When this tough as nails floor is paired with PlybooFit for Retail underlayment system, incredible things happen. The system’s ¼” recycled rubber pad absorbs shock which will give your employees relief when in long-standing situations. Stiletto paired with PlybooFit for Retail subfloor system is a popular choice in salons, cafes, and retail establishments.

Living in a condo or shared space? Stiletto is for you.
Stiletto flooring is twice as strong as your old floor, and 5 times as stylish. Whether you like entertaining guests, have a family, or pets, Stiletto can stand up to whatever you toss at it. In multi-family living situations, we suggest pairing Stiletto with PlybooQuiet, an acoustic reduction subfloor system. PlybooQuiet absorbs the pitter patter of not so little feet, and all the knocks of your busy life.

 

From Haiti, Day One

November 30, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

The following post is from Dan Smith, the President and CEO of Smith & Fong Co., the makers of Plyboo.

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Photo taken by Sue Rooks. Please click to view her Flickr Photo Stream.

Haiti gets a bad rap. I have to say that. With as much hardship as Haiti now experiences, it is a greatly hopeful country with some of the world’s most inspiring minds within Haiti and around the world imagining the possibilities for positive change. I have been cohort to Haiti by Alice an inspired, big-hearted creative from Parsons design school in New York. “Haiti needs bamboo, you need to come, she says.” And so I am…. happily here. The “Invest in Haiti Forum hosted jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Clinton Foundation and the Haitian Government is running and I am here to listen and learn.

I arrive in Port au Prince from Miami at 1pm in the afternoon. It is hot and the airport is casual. Flying in over the Haitian landscape I was curious to see the terrain. I had read that Haiti has lost most of its native forests. I see a mountainous landscape only sparely covered in green and imagine a time when lush tropical forests might have covered the hills and ravines that I now see. And then, what it would take to return it to a verdant landscape.

We are met by a Haitian five-piece band and after claiming my luggage and being processed, we are bussed to our lodging. The drive from the airport to our hotel on the hill, the El Rancho, tells the story of today’s Haiti. The roads are wrecked and at time uncertain. Trucks, buses, cars and foot traffic compete to get to their destinations. Large and small groups of people line the streets sharing space with makeshift stands, selling food, cloths and essentials. Buildings in various states of collapse, construction or reconstruction compete with tent villages labeled by the organizations that provided them.

When we finally arrive at the hotel it is more of the same. The hotel was badly damaged during the earthquake some years back and is still only half back to its former glory. The swimming pool is broken and contains only a small amount of rain fall, a sign of the ongoing draught. It is clean though and the staff pleasant. A heliport graces the lot just above us over the wall. The streets are narrow and stonewalls are very much part of the landscape. From poolside the ram-shackled sprawl that is port au prince stretches to the left and right below with more mountains in the far distance.

I am anxious to make contact with Alice and Maryline who are my unofficial hosts here in Haiti. Maryline is Haitian, bubbly, fun and dedicated to everything that Haiti can be. We drive to the karibe where the forum will be held the following day. I meet Alice face to face for the first time. We all fall into conversation on what is going on, what can be done, what needs to be done, who is doing it, who needs to meet and connect with who. Wonderful people join us in conversation. Everyone is involved in something, so many are interconnected and everyone absolutely everyone is infected with infinite possibility.

Throughout this magical evening I meet and shake hands with Bill Clinton, have a warm exchange with Donna Karen and hear Michel Martelly the President of Haiti
talk about the Haiti to come. I finish my evening in the company of my hosts, a mangrove restorationist, a PhD. in aquaculture, goat stew and the stars that blanket the night skies in this Caribbean country unlike any other.

Tomorrow is the first day of the forum.

What is SoyBond? Part II

November 17, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

Although, Smith & Fong Co. has been manufacturing with soy for some time Plyboo SoyBond was formally introduced at GreenBuild 2011 in Toronto this year. To help customers understand the benefits of Soybond, the company created this helpful visual explanation of Plyboo Soybond: