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.

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.