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

 

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.

5 Things You Can Do with Plyboo Bamboo Plywood

January 12, 2012 in FAQ series

Ever wonder how people dream up so many amazing products using Plyboo’s bamboo plywood? Check out this quick list of things you can do with bamboo in your home, office, and many more environments.

1.)Bamboo Cabinets

Plyboo bamboo plywood can be used to create beautiful bamboo cabinetry for your kitchen or bathroom space. Smith & Fong Co.’s Plyboo brand bamboo plywood is made of 100% rapidly renewable bamboo. This bamboo plywood can be cut and sanded using conventional woodworking equipment and offers excellent dimensional stability. The natural beauty of bamboo cabinetry adds a luxurious touch to your home while providing you with a clean, green alternative to other products.

There is a diverse range of bamboo options for your cabinetry needs. Each one as durable and versatile as the other. Plyboo’s architectural grade plywood is fully customizable and can be fashioned into any look that is desired. Whatever your family’s needs, there is a bamboo plywood appropriate product in stock.

Plyboo’s bamboo plywood passes the California Section 01350 emissions test (the most stringent test for emissions currently administered), is CARB compatible and is also available as PlybooPure (a Urea-Formaldehyde Free product), SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, and FSC Pure (100% of the product comes from an FSC Certified Forrest).

2.)Bamboo Kitchens

Renovate your kitchen with bamboo cabinets made with Plyboo’s architectural grade bamboo plywood. Plyboo bamboo plywood is 100% rapidly renewable bamboo that can be custom crafted or designed into the cabinets that will complete your dream kitchen. Your builder or fabricator can easily cut and sand bamboo plywood using conventional woodworking equipment.

In addition to its ease of use, Plyboo’s bamboo plywood has a beautiful edge that can be left exposed or finished with our edge banding. Plyboo’s bamboo plywood passes the California Section 01350 emissions test (the most stringent test currently administered), is CARB compatible and is also available PlybooPure (Urea-Formaldehyde Free), SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, and FSC Pure (100% of the product comes from an FSC Certified Forest).

3.)Bamboo Furnishings

Complete your project with architectural grade bamboo, perfect for furniture and custom furnishings. Plyboo bamboo plywood is a popular choice for hobbyists, builders, and furniture designers alike. Use Plyboo bamboo plywood in your custom furniture designs for its versatility in design applications, durability, and ease of use. Plyboo makes the highest quality bamboo plywood that is compatible with all of your woodworking equipment. Our bamboo plywood is an open grained material that takes stains and finishes exceptionally well.

Plyboo bamboo plywood has been used to make bamboo bikes, beds, cutting boards, light fixtures, ipad covers and so much more. Whatever your project, Plyboo bamboo plywood will have the right green building option for you.

Smith & Fong Co.’s Plyboo brand bamboo plywood passes the California Section 01350 emissions test (the most stringent test currently administered), is CARB compatible and is also available PlybooPure (Urea-Formaldehyde Free), SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, and FSC Pure (100% of the product comes from an FSC Certified Forrest).

4.)Bamboo Accessories

Plyboo has several bamboo flooring accessories to complete the look of your newly installed bamboo floor. These accessories offer a smooth transition to another room as well as protect the walls, reduce the space underneath doorways, and complete the decorative look of Plyboo’s bamboo flooring up a stairwell. Plyboo’s bamboo accessories include: stair nosing, reducers, t-molding, baseboards, base shoes, thresholds, and stair steps in all of the offered bamboo surfaces.

5.)Bamboo Stairs

There are many sustainable, yet aesthetically appealing possibilities with bamboo for your stairway. Each offers a great deal of versatility and there is a solution for every price range. Whether you’re using existing bamboo flooring with our bamboo stair nosing, purchasing a bamboo stair step for one easy install, or custom building a staircase out of Plyboo bamboo plywood. Like all of Plyboo’s products, the options for cleaner air quality, responsible forestry, and rapidly renewable materials are abundant. Work with your fabricator to design the bamboo staircase you desire.

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.