Bamboo Flooring

World Bamboo Congress 2018

Avery Chua was a keynote speaker on August 16th, 2018 at the World Bamboo Congress held in Veracruz, Mexico. His WBC presentation covered the traditional use and manufacturing of bamboo, the industrialization of bamboo, including 1st -3rd generations of industrialized bamboo products, the evolution of interior usage to exterior usage and the evolution of manufacturing techniques and the benefits.

Avery Chua’s presentation was a success and its message on how bamboo is changing the architectural landscape was eye opening to a lot of members.  He was asked to speak at the next World Bamboo Congress which is being held in India.

 

Dasso Company Chosen for Prestigious Award

Hangzhou Zhuangyi, a dasso company, is selected as a good example of a manufacturing company amongst the thousands of manufacturers worldwide.

Hangzhou Zhuangyi awarded by Ikea

This was awarded and announced by IKEA during the IKEA Supplier Days 2018 that was held in Almhult, Sweden; IKEA’s headquarters.

Hangzhou Zhuangyi receives Ikea award

It was later learned that only 10 companies worldwide were picked to be honored for this astounding achievement.

dasss bamboo furnishings

Hangzhou Zhongyi is a dasso company that produces all bamboo base furnishings – dassoFurnishings.

dasso bamboo furniture

The company started to manufacture for IKEA in 2012.

dasso bamboo shelving

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Beware of copycats falsely claiming to carry dasso bamboo products

There are no private label dasso products sold in North America.

It has come to our attention that several foreign companies are coming to North America claiming they are selling dasso products under private label brands. To be clear, there are no private label dasso products sold in North America. dasso products are only sold in the U.S. and Canadian markets through dassoUSA and every carton has the dasso logo on it.

Please beware of private label bamboo products coming from Europe through importers or distributors claiming to carry the dasso brand.

While the products may look similar, they do not meet the rigid quality control standards that dasso is known for – ISO9001, ISO14001 and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. These companies are neither manufacturers, nor do they inventory product in North America.

If it’s not packaged with the dasso.XTR logo, it is not dasso.XTR.

dasso Fused Bamboo® Manufacturing Method

United States Patent No.: US 8,709,578 B2
Patent Date: April 29, 2014


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Exterior Fused Bamboo® Decking

Exterior Fused Bamboo® Decking

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Earth Day 2017 – 5 Ways Bamboo is Sustainable

Since Earth Day is tomorrow, consider a sustainable bamboo floor or fused bamboo outdoor material today! Dasso offers eco-friendly bamboo products: interior bamboo flooring available through EcoTimber and fused bamboo outdoor materials through dasso.XTR. If you are looking for new flooring or outdoor material, consider Dasso, because here are five ways bamboo is sustainable.

1. Bamboo is Rapidly Renewable

Did you know that bamboo is technically a grass? Actually, it’s the world’s fastest growing grass! A rapidly renewable material, bamboo grows for only five to seven years before it is harvested. Comparatively, hardwood grows for approximately 50 years before it can be harvested.

2. Bamboo is a Natural, Plentiful Source

Dasso Bamboo ProcessDasso’s bamboo grows in their own sustainable forests, where it is harvested and then manufactured in Dasso factories. After the bamboo is harvested from the forests, the root system remains intact to produce new shoots. Because of this, bamboo is not replanted once it’s cut.

3. Bamboo has a Beautiful Appearance

EcoTimber Bamboo FlooringBamboo doesn’t have to look like bamboo. Dasso bamboo flooring has a variety of floors, in different styles and colors. EcoTimber’s Foundations Collection features seven different colors and a strand woven construction that resembles wood flooring.

Because dasso.XTR fused bamboo does not include rays or knots like natural woods, XTR has a much more flawless appearance. Both XTR decking and porch flooring are available in a reversible profile with smooth and reeded faces, allowing for more design possibilities.

4. Bamboo Contains No VOCs

EcoTimber bamboo flooring contains no VOCs and no added formaldehyde. Additionally, they either have a natural finish, or use a low-VOC water-based finish to severely limit the number of unsafe chemicals in your home.

dasso.XTR Fused Bamboo is made up of 87% natural, fused strand bamboo fibers and 13% resin. Because the resins used to create XTR are thermal setting and non-reversible, dasso.XTR Fused Bamboo contains no VOCs.

5. Bamboo has Natural Strength

dasso.XTR has a Janka hardness rating of 3,820lbf. XTR is durable because of dasso’s patented process, which combines two stages of high heat to first carbonize the bamboo and then restructure the bamboo, reinforcing its natural strength characteristics.

Additionally, bamboo naturally resists mildew and insects. It also resists dust mites, making it a good choice for those who suffer from allergies.

Both dasso.XTR and EcoTimber are proud to offer eco-friendly bamboo that is perfect for your home. Contact us today to learn more about the available products at EcoTimber and dasso.XTR.

 

5 Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

5 Benefits of Bamboo Flooring - blog.dassousa.comOne material that has seen a huge surge in popularity in the last few years is bamboo. It’s now being made into everything from cutting boards to floors. If you’re thinking of replacing the flooring in your home or office read on to discover 5 benefits of bamboo flooring.

Bamboo is Eco-Friendly

Bamboo is a renewable resource.  It is a fast growing grass that can be harvested in as little as five years.  In addition, when bamboo is harvested the root system remains intact and produces new shoots. As a result there is no need to replant bamboo when it is cut. Finally, bamboo is grown with a minimum of fertilizers and pesticides.

Bamboo Flooring is Healthy

5 Benefits of Bamboo Flooring - blog.dassousa.comBamboo resists both mildew and insects. It also resists dust mites and so is a good choice for those who suffer from allergies.

Bamboo flooring can be finished with water-based finishes and installed with low-VOC adhesives. Doing this means limiting the number of harmful chemicals in your home.

The Perfect Look for Any Room

If you’re looking for a stylish new floor look no further than bamboo. Bamboo is one of the most versatile flooring materials on the market. It comes in a large variety of colors and finishes so you are sure to be able to find one to match your existing decor.

A bamboo floor can make any room warm and inviting. In addition, bamboo can be installed in many different locations and climates.

Bamboo is Durable

When harvested at its peak bamboo is extremely hard and strong. As a result bamboo flooring is very durable. A properly taken care of a bamboo floor can last for decades.

If a bamboo floor does become damaged it can often be sanded down and refinished. This is a much easier and cheaper option than installing a new floor. In addition bamboo resists water. This means that it is less susceptible to water damage than hardwood flooring.

Easy to Maintain

5 Benefits of Bamboo Flooring - blog.dassousa.comBamboo flooring is very easy to clean. It should be swept or vacuumed regularly to remove dirt. Spills should be cleaned up with a rag or damp mop.

Are you in the market for new flooring? Which of these 5 benefits of bamboo flooring appeals to you most?

Strand Woven Bamboo – The Evolution of Bamboo Flooring

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring
Strand Woven Bamboo

Strand woven bamboo flooring was introduced into the flooring market around 2002-2003.  In this format, the 1/4″ by 5/8″ sawn strips of bamboo that were cut from the bamboo stalk were now partially shredded to open up and expose the stringy bamboo fiber. Phenolic resins were then added and the shredded bamboo was pressed under tremendous pressure.  The result was a “densified bamboo/resin composite” product that effectively tripled bamboo’s hardness.  Like traditional bamboo, strand woven bamboo was offered with clear topcoats in the natural straw color, the carbonized caramel color, or a mix of both in a “tiger” color.  In addition, the surface could be stained to the color of your choice prior to topcoating.

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring
Strand Woven Bamboo

This new bamboo flooring category took quite a while to perfect in manufacturing, with early generations being prone to cupping, fiber raising, and checking post-installation. Additionally, it took quite some time for installers and mastic manufacturers to catch up to the proper methodologies to use when installing this product.  Since strand woven bamboo, due to its resin content, does not “breathe” in the same manner as wood flooring it required a learning curve to install properly in various site conditions.

Densified Poplar Flooring
Densified Poplar

Bamboo flooring manufacturers have continued to search for ways to improve their product and have come up with a number of recent innovations.  One of these involves dying the shredded bamboo fibers and adding tints to the phenolic resins before pressing them together.  As a result the color is no longer just a stain on the top of the flooring, it is “fused” into the floor itself.  Another innovation has been to expand the materials that can be used to create strand woven flooring.  In addition to bamboo some of the natural fibers that can be used are recycled wood and coconut.  Both of these are grown for other industries and now we can take the remains and turn them into beautiful eco-friendly flooring!

Traditional Bamboo – The Evolution of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo was initially introduced to the flooring market in the early 1990s and since then it has continued to evolve into different flooring formats.  As a result bamboo’s use and demand is on the rise, particularly among eco-conscious consumers.

Vertical Grain Traditional Bamboo
Vertical Grain Bamboo

Horizontal Grain Traditional Bamboo
Horizontal Grain Bamboo

What is Traditional Bamboo Flooring?

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring
Strand Woven Bamboo

Traditional bamboo, the first iteration of bamboo flooring,  was created by cutting round bamboo stalks into endless little strips approximately 1/4″ thick by 5/8″ wide.  These strips were then laminated together into one of two formats.  The vertical grain format, with numerous 1/4″ wide strips glued together yielding flooring that was 5/8″ thick, had a very linear look.  The horizontal grain format was created by edge-gluing 1/4″ by 5/8″ strips together and then gluing 3 layers of these sheets face to face.  The horizontal grain bamboo flooring, unlike the vertical grain bamboo,  reveals the cross-width “knuckles” that are unique to bamboo.  Both formats came in both the natural straw color and a caramel color produced by steaming the bamboo and either could be stained to the color of your choice.

This first-generation of bamboo flooring was launched with great fanfare into the U.S. market and was promptly marketed as harder than oak.  Unfortunately much of it was in fact softer than oak and closer in density to walnut, and therefore was easier to dent when walking on it in high-heeled shoes.  It was not long before manufacturers began looking for ways to improve bamboo flooring and in the early 2000s strand woven bamboo was introduced to the flooring market.

Unfurled Bamboo – The Evolution of Bamboo Flooring

What is Unfurled Bamboo?

Unfurled Bamboo Knuckles
Unfurled Bamboo

First there was traditional bamboo flooring, which became available in the early 1990s,  then there was strand woven bamboo, introduced in the early 2000s. Now the latest big innovation in bamboo flooring is unfurled bamboo.  Introduced to the flooring market around 2011-2012 this format creates a single sheet, approximately 6″ to 8″ wide by 1/4″ thick, from one bamboo stalk.  A single slit is cut up the length of a bamboo stalk and then the stalk is carefully “unfurled” and flattened, forming a sheet whose width is equal to the circumference of the round stalk and whose thickness equals the thickness of the stalk. Now wide bamboo sheets can be made that have the knuckle running across the full width. This sheet can be used as is as a wear layer or three sheets may be laminated together in thickness prior to turning it into flooring.

Unfurled Bamboo Flooring
Unfurled Bamboo Floor

Because of the way a single bamboo stalk is unfurled to create the sheet it is possible to leave the natural skin of the bamboo stalk intact. This means that there is no need for adding a man-made finish on top of the bamboo.  However, if a tint or topcoat is desired, the natural skin can be partially removed and a traditional UV finish applied. Unique to unfurled bamboo being finished with UV finishes is the one-piece face with the knuckles running fully across the face. Bamboo’s unique cellular and fiber structure, whereby the outer skin is by far the hardest and most impact resistant part of the bamboo stalk, means that unfurled bamboo is extremely hard. Initial ball drop impact tests on the natural skinned, unfurled bamboo (which better replicate walking in high heels on the flooring than a lab Janka hardness test) amazingly show less denting than even on the densified stand woven format. And this we believe is the result of both the hardness of the natural bamboo skin coupled with the bamboo stringy fibers, which are largely concentrated in the bamboo stalk’s wall just under the skin, acting much like steel rebar used for tensioning and reinforcing concrete for strength. Or simply think of skin and underlying fibers in unfurled bamboo’s outer surface as a trampoline, whereby high-heel impact/ball -drop impact springs back as a result of the skin/fiber tension, producing little to no denting.

Given unfurled bamboo’s newness, it will be interesting to see how it performs in the market and whether it can match the excitement that strand woven bamboo generated when it was first introduced over a decade ago.