Fused Bamboo

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!

dasso.XTR Fused Bamboo Outdoor Materials

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.