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.

 

How to avoid denting your bamboo floor

October 25, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring, Maintenance Series

If you have kids, dogs, a kitchen, or an active lifestyle, then you may have experience with how well high activity melds with flooring surfaces… NOT VERY!  However, don’t despair; there’s no need to wait patiently on those empty nest days to save your floor. With a few considerations, your floor can be well maintained for years to come.

If you’re building new or remodeling, there are so many options to consider when bamboo floor shopping.  Is bamboo flooring “green?” How hard is bamboo flooring? Is bamboo flooring sustainable? The most important question however may be: Which bamboo floor is right for me?  Honestly answering this question could save you lots of time and extend the useful life of your flooring choice.

Situation 1: The neighborhood coffee shop

The neighborhood coffee shop is pretty popular. There are several regular and new customers coming in and out daily. Since it’s a business, it’s unlikely they’ll leave their shoes at the door, so dirt and grit gets regularly tracked in.  The best flooring choice in this higher traffic situation would be a strand bamboo floor, such as PlybooStrand or Havana or Neopolitan.

Adding a PlybooFit or PlybooQuiet underlayment pad system could help absorb some of the impact of dropped items as well as the tired feeling from standing on a hard surface all day.  Instituting a regular cleaning schedule would be appropriate for this situation and will add life to the product and prevent additional scratching and indentation from hard debris left on the surface.

Situation 2: The Nuclear Family

Throw two hard-working adults, a kid or two and a dog and you’ve got one floor that had better deliver.  This is a situation ripe for a darker tone strand bamboo floor with great durability.

In the kitchen, simply putting a mat down by the oven and by the sink would spare these “drop zones” from the constant pummeling of dropped kitchenware. Also, putting a mat near the entrance would lesson the likelihood of scratching from accumulated debris from outdoors.

For families with an upstairs, installing a padded underlayment, like PlybooFit or PlybooQuiet will lessen the noise of tender feet over head.

Situation 3: The Quiet Couple

If there is only one or two adults living in a residence, without children, pets, or a constant barrage of guests, then most flooring choices will would be ideal. Limiting the use of shoes indoors and a regular cleaning regiment will help things stay looking good and performing well.

Of course, using the same precautions as the nuclear family, plan for the worst, hope for the best, for both the kitchen and entryways, is the best plan for your well loved and hard-working friend-under-foot, your floor.

Image: photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How to Make Bamboo Walls with Plyboo Plywood

September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

You’ve seen them in magazines like Dwell, Architectural Record, and Sunset. They’re green, they’re beautiful and, let’s face it, they’re sexy. Bamboo walls are undeniably modern and easily adaptable to virtually any residential or commercial space.  The best part is that you can replicate these looks with ease. Look no further than a sheet of Smith & Fong’s Plyboo bamboo plywood.

Look no further than a sheet of Plyboo’s bamboo plywood.  Plyboo clearly has you covered for bamboo flooring, but with a little artistic vision and a conversation with your fabricator, you’ll soon find yourself teleported into the design major league.

Smooth and Simple

Bamboo plywood can be used like any other decorative plywood panel.  Frequently, bamboo plywood is installed with clips.  Z clips as they are known are part of an integrated clip and grid system that is fasten to the existing structural wall.   Believe it or not, we use this system frequently at our trade shows. It’s easy to install, set up and take down, and is sturdy enough for a permanent installation as well.

Using the clip system can really save time and cost on an installation, however, if you find that you’re not quite so skilled with home improvements, there are wall systems professionals that can help with large or small renovations.  Just do a Google or Bing search for “wall systems installers” and contact with them locally.

 

Did you know that there’s a service that specializes in installing wall systems only?  Run a search on Google, Bing, or any search engine platform and you’ll be presented with several companies that can assist you with your wall installation.  They’ll know exactly what to do if you explain what you’re after, so if in doubt, always keep this as an option.

The beauty of using Plyboo to make bamboo walls is the ease of use.  Of course there are more dimensional options that the materials can be applied.  These options, however are not as simple and most likely will involve the help of a professional.

The photo above shows the bamboo walls curved to give the appearance of fluidity, like a river flowing.

It does help to have some ideas in mind.  For instance, if you live in a small space, perhaps sliding walls to add a bit of privacy or to give a feeling of spaciousness.  In the photo below, this store built out their walls to show off their products.  The walls act as shelving — a very realistic and simple option depending on your needs.

 The walls are build out to artfully display the products in this store.

High Definition Wall Panels

There are, of course, other options for wall coverings using Smith and Fong products. The answer is tambour. For those who are not familiar with the term tambour, it is used to describe a flexible paneling product. How does it work? Tambour can be any material, wood, plastic, even glass cut into thin strips and laminated to a fabric backing. There is a small reveal at the width of each strip allowing the material to form and shape to almost any surface. Tambour paneling made of bamboo or palm can be shaped around a convex, concave, circular or flat surface with great ease making it a great friend of the do-it-yourselfer.

The image above uses bamboo tambour paneling. This installation retains warmth and is very inviting.

Bamboo Alternatives

So you’ve decided to re-design the wall surfaces in your living space and you are looking for something that says “you” in a truly original way. Durapalm paneling options might just be what you are looking for.  Durapalm panels come in a tambour option as well as two other really unique and user-friendly designs. These are the palm Woven and Deco palm designs. The Woven look evokes the sense of a basket weave pattern with its undulating overlap design. The feeling is both calm and soothing. The Deco pattern on the other hand, breaks this all up with a random multi-depth surface that is modern, unpredictable and highly energized. The Deco is truly a one of a kind look and feel.

Make It Yours

Whether you’re just look for a great texture and material to surface your walls with, or if you are looking for utility and function, the DIY or professional should find the range and variety of wall solutions available.

Plyboo Bamboo Sport Flooring

August 12, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring, Installations

Get to know Plyboo Bamboo Sport Flooring with this informative video!