Smith & Fong, the Green Sports Alliance, and Levi’s Stadium

Smith & Fong donated three Linear Line 4 (LL4) bamboo plywood panels for the construction of the

New environmental transparency listings/certifications for Smith & Fong’s Plyboo products

This year we achieved Healthy Product Declarations (HPD) and Pharos Project listings for all of our

Declare expands into China…with Smith & Fong’s Plyboo products  

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has expanded the Living Building Challenge (LBC) an

 

Simply Fish — Sustainable Food in an Eco-Friendly Environment

September 25, 2012 in Installations, Plywood and Veneer

 

Simply Fish is all about seriously fresh and sustainable fish at this new restaurant in the heart of Camden, England. But the concept of sustainability does not stop at the menu! This invitingly light, stylish interior has been created with the use of eco friendly, rapidly renewable Bamboo products from Smith & Fong Plyboo. Click here to read the full story.

Massachusetts General Gets Gold

August 8, 2012 in Installations

Massachusetts General Hospital, The Lunder Building is recognized by Architectural Record for its LEED Gold certification.

Recovery Room with Plyboo Headboard and Shelf

Heathcare Facilities are moving to a new philosophy, fostering wellness by providing natural environments that help promote healing for sick patients. Massachusetts General Hospital features a floor to ceiling, glass atrium with live hanging plants that are viewable through patient recovery rooms. Natural materials are incorporated into the interior design for aesthetics and because of their low VOC properties.

Massachusetts General Hospital Lunder Building is a tribute to a growing commitment to environmental construction. More than a third of all the materials used for construction were recycled or locally extracted or manufactured materials. Quickly renewable materials, such as bamboo plywood, was utilized further reducing environmental impacts. Plyboo® is proud to be one of the products that enabled Mass General to achieve Gold certification by contributing LEED credit points to the project.

Plyboo Edge Grain Amber plywood was chosen as the product of choice for its FSC certification for sustainable forestry and for its low emitting SoyBond adhesive which is 100% formaldehyde free. Over 1000 sheets of plywood were fabricated into wall cladding and shelving for the patient recovery rooms, benches and featured wall seating in the public spaces, and veneer on the sub-level radiation doors.

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.

Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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.