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

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Exterior Fused Bamboo® Furniture

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dasso Continues Expansion Project with 185,000 Sqft Factory

June 26, 2017 — dasso announces yet another expansion project to build a new dasso.XTR factory in Zixi County, Jiangxi Province. The signing ceremony was held on May 26, 2017 attended by the county government welcoming dasso into their county. The factory will be built on a 20 acres site with production areas covering 185,000 Sqft. This expansion will increase dasso.XTR capacity by 10 million Sq.ft annually. The factory will be in full production by March 2018.

What is dasso.XTR?

dassoXTR fused bamboo is a patented technology products that is design for exterior used. The eco-composite product is design to react naturally like wood fiber. Normal tropical wood will require more than 50 years to grow into harvested size as opposed to bamboo which only required 5 years to grow to maturity ready for harvest.

dasso.XTR is an extremely durable bamboo product designed specifically for outdoor applications. It is made through dasso’s own patented fused bamboo process in which natural bamboo is harvested from the bamboo forests at its peak growth, shredded into bamboo fiber, and then fused into dense, durable panels that are milled for bamboo decking, lumber, panels, porch flooring and RainClad siding.

 

Our Proprietary Fusion Process

With our proprietary fusion process, two stages of high heat combine to first carbonize the bamboo, removing all of the starch and sugar, and then restructure the bamboo, reinforcing its natural strength characteristics. The modified bamboo strands are then fused together using phenolic resin – the same resins used to make bowling balls. The end result is an extremely dense, durable exterior-use product composed of 87% natural, fused strand bamboo fibers and 13% resin. And because bamboo does not include rays or knots like natural woods, dasso.XTR has a much more flawless appearance than other materials made from woods. This consistent grain structure also allows dasso.XTR to distribute weight very evenly, adding to its incredible durability.

dasso.XTR’s patented fusion process creates a dense, beautiful, long lasting, and rapidly renewable natural alternative to chemically treated softwoods and environmentally suspect sources of tropical hardwoods. dasso.XTR bamboo rivals the natural beauty of exotic hardwoods but is color range predictable and source, quality, and price predictable.

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

dasso Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Bamboo Manufacturing Facility

June 23, 2017 – ATLANTA – dasso USA, Atlanta, GA., announces the groundbreaking of dasso’s new state of the art factory at a ceremony in JiangOu City, Fujian Province, China. Slated to be completed before July 2018, the facility will cover one million sq. ft. across 36 acres.

“The opening of this new factory gives us the ability to expand our operations in the area of exterior use composite bamboo and to fulfill the ever growing demand in North America for dasso.XTR fused bamboo products,” said dasso CEO.

The new plant has a capacity of 20 M sq. ft. of the new .XTR eco-composite bamboo for exterior use, creating more than 400 new factory jobs to fill its growing operational needs. Additional factory production will be used to support increasing demand in North America for dasso.XTR fused bamboo products.

dasso USA, is the exclusive sales and marketing arm for dasso in the U.S. and Canada and has a warehouse facility in Atlanta, GA.

Another plant is in the works for the production of dasso decking, siding, planks and other high-quality bamboo products.


About the dasso Group

Founded in 1993, the dasso Group is the world leader in the development and production of innovative bamboo products. Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, today the dasso Group has 10 manufacturing facilities and over 1,000 employees, in addition to owning more than 2,700 acres of productive, sustainable bamboo forest in China.

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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.

 

Fused Bamboo Porch Flooring and Where to Use It

A porch should welcome your visitors with an unmatched elegance that unifies your outdoor space – your porch should be a dasso.XTR fused bamboo porch! The flooring you choose is important. You want a durable porch floor that is resistant to the elements, complements your home and provides a beautiful backdrop for the rest of the space, like dasso.XTR porch flooring.

Durability

dasso.XTR fused bamboo porch flooring is stronger and more durable than most hardwood materials. Dasso’s patented fusion process uses two heating stages to return the bamboo to its natural rigidity. The result is a far denser, harder board than even strand-woven bamboo. In fact, dasso.XTR fused bamboo is among the stiffest, strongest outdoor material in the world – even more dense than Ipe!

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Aesthetics

XTR provides a very striking aesthetic, exhibiting consistent color whereas tropical hardwoods have a significant variation in their color. Our fused bamboo provides a clean, consistent grain unlike any tropical hardwood which may, depending on grade, exhibit varying grain types.

Fused Bamboo Porch Flooring Aesthetics

In addition, dasso.XTR porch flooring boards are available in a reversible profile that is smooth on one side, reeded on the other. This unique construction allows for several different aesthetics: smooth side up for a sleek look, or reeded face up for a more textured style. The design possibilities are endless with your dasso.XTR fused bamboo porch!

Where to Install Porch Flooring

Fused Bamboo Porch Flooring

dasso.XTR fused bamboo porch flooring should be installed under covered porches only. If left untreated, including when the decking’s first oil coat wears off, boards will eventually turn a silver-grey patina, usually after about 12-18 months. If you choose to maintain the rich, dark color of XTR, then it should be maintained similarly to exotic hardwoods.

Available in more than just porch flooring, dasso.XTR also offers fused bamboo decking, RainClad siding, lumber and panels. To learn more about dasso.XTR and all available products, please visit our website.

 

dasso.XTR, Environmentally Friendly Fused Bamboo Decking

Bamboo decking, it’s typically not the first choice for a decking material, but why shouldn’t it be? Bamboo is an environmentally friendly material that is beautiful, reliable and durable, so dasso.XTR’s fused bamboo decking is a perfect option!

Traditionally, decks are built using hardwood. Wood decks typically use exotic hardwoods that are sourced from South America, where deforestation is an environmental concern. Unlike most hardwoods, which must grow for 50 years or more before they can be harvested, bamboo is a fast-growing grass that can be harvested every 5 to 7 years. Because of this rapid renewability, bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable building products available.

Fused Bamboo Decking

Fused Bamboo Decking Processdasso.XTR specializes in fused bamboo, made specifically for exterior use. All bamboo is carbonized, or heat treated before outdoor use, however, when bamboo is heat treated it becomes very brittle. dasso.XTR’s patented process eliminates this issue by applying a second heating stage. In the second heating stage, lignum, a natural binder in bamboo fiber, is melted and reset, returning the bamboo to its natural rigidity. That lignum provides more strength and gives all XTR boards a Janka hardness rating of 3,820 – a stronger and more durable board than most hardwood materials.

Fused Bamboo Decking

dasso.XTR Product Features

In addition to being sustainable, dasso.XTR fused bamboo decking has many features that outperform traditional decking materials. All XTR products have a reversible profile featuring smooth and reeded faces, and are easy to install with a tongue-and-groove end-matching system.

Fused Bamboo ProductsAvailable in more than just decking, dasso.XTR also offers fused bamboo RainClad siding, porch flooring, lumber and panels. Learn more about dasso.XTR and all of our available products, on our website.

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?

Characteristics of Bamboo – A Highly Sustainable Material

What is bamboo?

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. A member of the grass family, bamboo is known for tall hollow stems that reach their full height in just one growing season. Over the next few years the fully grown bamboo stem continues to harden and mature. Bamboo is highly sustainable and can be harvested approximately every four to six years.

History of bamboo

Characteristics of bamboo make it good for musical instrumentsBamboo has been used for everyday objects for over 4000 years. In China, which has relatively few hardwood forests, bamboo has traditionally been used to make everyday items including dishes, musical instruments, chopsticks, and even furniture. Because of the durability of bamboo we have examples of these items that are thousands of years old.

Characteristics of bamboo

2 Bamboo StalksThere are approximately 1200 different species of bamboo and both the species and the growing conditions will affect the characteristics of each individual bamboo stalk. In general bamboo is very durable. The outer layer of the stem is quite dense and strong. Bamboo is both flexible and elastic. As a result items made from bamboo tend to be very resilient and resist breaking when placed under stress. Bamboo does not have rays or knots the way wood does, this means that stress applied to the bamboo is evenly distributed over the surface.

Modern uses of bamboo

Bamboo is still used to make dishes, chopsticks, furniture and musical instruments. In addition, it is frequently made into paper, fishing rods, cutting boards, and even filters for water desalination. It can be used for bamboo flooring, decking, decorative paneling, and siding. Because of the natural characteristics of bamboo houses that are built with it are both earthquake and cyclone resistant.

Characteristics of bamboo make it a great material for flooring

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.