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Solid Bamboo Flooring

Smooth as silk tough as steel

Our Moso bamboo matures in 5-7 years and is selected for superior strength and maximum
hardness. Bamboo is a truly sustainable harvested grass that regenerates at least 8 times
faster than hardwood.

Silky smooth and finer grained than traditional hardwood

Engineered 3-layer lamination as strength and dimensional stability

2.5 times as dimensionally stable as a solid maple hardwood floor

33% harder and more dent-resistant than white oak

A clean modern floor that stands up to high traffic

Square-edged planks for the clean flat look of a site-sanded floor without the dust.
Available also as an engineered wide-plank bamboo floor.

6'-long planks, 3 5/8" wide by 5/8" thick

Installed as a glued-down or conventionally nailed-down floor

Suitable for radiant floor applications

Almost no seasonal gapping and no cupping

25-year structural and 5-year renewable finish warranty

Rich and distinctive colors set your floor apart

We have over 57 colors to choose from. We use premium German and Swiss pigments for
higher optical definition and color vibrancy with custom coloring available upon request.

High-traffic non-yellowing varnish for a high-traffic floor

Protected by 6 coats of our low-VOC, commercial-grade finishing system

MP765 urethane is easy to recoat without stripping, sanding or residual


odor

Build green and achieve LEED certification

The adhesive used in manufacturing has practically no formaldehyde (0.0243 ppm).


Adhesive emission is more than 4 times lower than the stringent European Union E1
standard.

LEED MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

LEED EQ Credit 4: Low-Emitting Materials

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Wide-Plank Bamboo Flooring


Traditional wide plank in a sustainable flooring
A truly sustainable harvested grass that regenerates at least 8 times faster than hardwood.
We use Moso bamboo with 5-7 years maturity selected for superior strength and maximum
hardness which is 33% harder and more dent resistant than white oak.

Install as a floating floor for a speedy installation

Or glue-down with our low-VOC adhesive

Ideal for radiant floor applications or with soundproofing underlayment

Over 50 distinctive colors or natural bamboo


57 rich colors or natural bamboo. We use premium Swiss and German pigments for color
vibrancy and higher optical definition. Custom coloring is also available upon request.

Our non-yellowing finishing systems stands up to high traffic

Protected by 6 coats of our low-VOC, commercial-grade urethane

Re-finishes easily with no stripping, sanding or residual odor

Superior engineering
Superb dimensional stability with no seasonal gapping and no cupping. Each plank is
constructed as a 3-layer cross-lamination bonded with waterproof adhesives. Silky smooth
and finer grained than traditional hardwood.

Micro-beveled planks show off your luxurious extra-wide boards

6'-long planks, 7 3/16" wide by 5/8" thick

25-year structural and 5-year renewable finish warranty

Build green and achieve LEED certification


The adhesive used in manufacturing has practically no formaldehyde (0.0243 ppm).
Adhesive emission is more than 4 times lower than the stringent European Union E1
standard.

LEED MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

LEED EQ Credit 4: Low-Emitting Materials

Bamboo Flooring Frequently Asked Questions

Materials

Can a DuroDesign Bamboo floor be installed as a floating floor?

DuroDesign Bamboo floors are also available in an engineered plank measuring 73/8" x 5/8" x 72" which is ideally suited to a floating floor installation.

Does DuroDesign ever use "carbonized" bamboo for its flooring?

No, we use only natural bamboo for our stained flooring. Carbonizing bamboo
softens the product by approximately 30 %. Carbonized bamboo is darker in color
because it has undergone a change, not a stain. During the manufacturing of the
product, the strips of bamboo are boiled and change color (becoming browner in
tone and softer).

How hard is DuroDesign bamboo flooring?

When tested according to the standards of the National Wood Flooring Association
Test (Janka Ball Hardness Test), it shows an average hardness of 1820 PSI.

I don't like the plasticky look and the grooves that catch dust
and dirt between the planks of a pre-finished floor. Does Durodesign Bamboo flooring look like a typical pre-finished floor?

DuroDesign uses only square-edged planks for the clean flat look of a site-sanded
floor, with the dustless convenience of a pre-finished floor. Our varnish is also
specially formulated for utmost clarity, allowing our rich colors and the natural
beauty of bamboo to shine through.

Is bamboo threatened by forestry just as hardwood trees are?

No. Cutting bamboo stalks will actually promote faster growth of the stumps that
are left behind. Bamboo becomes mature after 4-6 years, unlike hardwoods that may
take decades.

What adhesive is used in DuroDesign Bamboo flooring?

The adhesive used in the lamination process has virtually no formaldehyde. It is


allowed under the stringent European E1 standards.

What is bamboo flooring?

Bamboo itself is a grass which grows to over 80 feet tall in only five to six years.
After harvesting, it is split and flattened, before being laminated under high pressure
with an environmentally safe adhesive. The bamboo flooring planks are then treated
with hydrogen peroxide to eliminate any mildew and kiln-dried to at least 8-10%
moisture content.

What is the difference between "horizontal" and "vertical" Durodesign Bamboo flooring ?

A bamboo stalk is hollow and the walls of the plant are fairly thin. Strips of bamboo
are therefore laminated together to make our 5/8" flooring. The terms "horizontal"
and "vertical" refer to the orientation in which the bamboo strips are laminated
together. In the horizontal style, the strips are laid flat so the top surface shows the
bamboo's nodes, or 'knuckles' more prominently. In the vertical style, the strips are
turned on their sides and laminated together in long, slender rows creating a
different appearance.

What is the difference between Duro-design Bamboo flooring


and other bamboo flooring manufacturers?

There are two big differences:

1. COLOR! We are the only company offering over 50 beautiful colors to choose
from. And we are adding new colors on a regular basis. Can't quite find the right
color? We'll make it for you. Whatever the color- our DuroDesign bamboo flooring
colors are consistently clear, vibrant and exciting.

2.Our unique FINISHING SYSTEM (see below).

What kind of varnish do you use on your pre-finished Durodesign bamboo flooring?

We use our own unique MP765 two-component water-base polyurethane system


which is thick and flexible, much more durable and very easy to re-finish. It also
has great transparency, giving Duro-design Bamboo flooring floors a deep, natural
and vibrant look.

What warranty do you offer on Duro-design Bamboo flooring?

We offer a 25 year structural warranty for Duro-design Bamboo flooring for


delamination, separation, buckling or cupping as a result of a defect of
manufacturing from the date of sale. We offer a 5 year finish warranty for our prefinished Duro-design Bamboo flooring for normal wear and tear as long as two
coats of our MP765 water-base polyurethane is applied once a year for high traffic
retail, once every two to three years for low to medium commercial traffic and five
to seven years for residential bamboo flooring applications. This is a simple
operation (i.e. light manual scuff sand with a #240 grit paper) which takes a couple
of hours to do with overnight drying at a cost of less than 1.00/sq.ft. US. The
bamboo flooring should be first vacuumed and then regularly cleaned with only
water and a strong mop and if wanted from time to time cleaned with wood floor
cleaners such as Finnitec, Polycare, Bona Kem, Basic Coatings, etc. afterwards (i.e.
these products are found at all places like Home Depot or any seller of hardwood
flooring). Also, one must never use waxes or oil polishes on this bamboo flooring as
this is a urethane application. A well maintained bamboo flooring will last for
decades. We can also provide on-site supervision to assure a perfect bamboo
flooring installation.

Where can I install Duro-design Bamboo flooring flooring?

Duro-design Bamboo flooring flooring is an extremely versatile flooring product. It


can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over
wood, OSB, radiant-floor heating or existing vinyl flooring.

Why do other manufacturers use bamboo planks with bevellededges then?

Bevelling the edges allows a flooring manufacturer to use cheaper materials and
hide the thickness variation between different planks. Duro-design uses highertolerance bamboo material which is more uniform in thickness, allowing us to
achieve the clean flat-look of a site-sanded floor.

What set your bamboo finishing apart from other


manufacturers?

Firstly, we are importing unfinished bamboo which we then finish-sand and color
with high quality furniture stains that we manufacture.

We then finish all our floors with our own 6-coat MP765 two-component waterbased polyurethane finishing system, which is crystal clear and non-yellowing.

Our bamboo floors are unique because DuroDesign bamboo floors have a natural
appearance, while being protected by a finish which is transparent, thick and
flexible, very durable and easy to re-finish.

Most other pre-finished bamboo flooring is stained and finished in China. Their
colors are limited and lack depth (i.e. they are coloring the finish). Their finish lacks
transparency and doesn't penetrate the bamboo so it sits on the surface with a
synthetic plasticky appearance.

The competition's finish, besides being unattractive, is also next to impossible to refinish successfully in the future.

Why should I choose Duro-design Bamboo flooring over a


hardwood flooring?

There are several advantages to using Duro-design Bamboo flooring flooring


compared to hardwood flooring.

First, bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only 5 years


for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees.
And when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock.
Each year, one "mother plant" generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full
length in a few months, and to mature hardness in about five years. Bamboo plants
are therefore quickly replenished following a harvest.

Second, bamboo is actually harder than hardwood so it makes a more durable


flooring. Duro-design Bamboo flooring has a completely different look than
hardwood. It resembles an upscale maple and lends itself much more to modern
designs. Hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install
bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and
methods as are used for installing hardwood.

Will bamboo harvesting affect the environment of Giant Pandas?

No. Duro-design Bamboo flooring is produced using the fast-regenerating Mao Zhu
(Phyllostachys pubescens) or "hairy bamboo" species, which often grows to fifty
feet in height and two feet in circumference, is mainly found in eastern low
mountain areas, and is not part of their diet, nor do they live near these areas. The
700 to 1,000 Giant Pandas living in the wild in China live mainly in western China
at elevations of 3,000 to 8,000 feet.

Installation

Can a Duro-design Bamboo floor be installed as a floating floor?

DuroDesign Bamboo floors are also available in an engineered plank measuring 73/8" x 5/8" x 72" which is ideally suited to a floating floor installation.

Can I glue Duro-design Bamboo flooring directly to concrete?

If moisture conditions are acceptable, Duro-design Bamboo Flooring can be glued


directly to a clean, dry concrete slab with a one-part urethane moisture-cure
adhesive (i.e. Bostik Best)

Can I install Duro-design Bamboo flooring in a bathroom?

Bamboo floors can be installed in a bathroom- but care must be taken to avoid
standing water. Like almost any flooring, bamboo could be damaged if excessive
water is left to stand for an extended period of time. That being said, many Duro-

design bamboo floors are in use in bathrooms successfully. To cut all risks we
would recommend adding two extra coats of our MP765 water-base polyurethane
after installation to penetrate and seal all the joints in the floor.

Can I nail down Duro-design Bamboo flooring over a


particleboard subfloor?

Many confuse particleboard with OSB (Oriented Stand board). True particleboard
commonly used in some manufactured homes does not have enough holding power
and will loosen over time. There are many types of OSB that can be used for solid
nail down hardwood floors. It is best to consult the manufacturers warranty specs

Do you make recommendations for selecting bamboo flooring


installers?

We may be able to recommend qualified installers in your area. For larger projects,
we have technical people that can consult with your project needs and even come
out to supervise the installation.

I've heard that Duro-design Bamboo flooring is better for use


over radiant-floor heating. Why is that?

Bamboo expands and contracts up 50% less than a typical hardwood floor. This
means less gapping and stress on the floor with the temperature and humidity
fluctuations involved in a radiant-heated floor. So it is a better choice than
hardwood for radiant-floor applications.

Is Duro-design bamboo flooring installed similarly to a hardwood


floor?

Yes. Installation is the same, and any hardwood flooring installer can install it. Our
flooring is pre-finished, so there is no dust, mess or fumes, however.

What are the different DuroDesign Bamboo moldings and how


are they applied?

The Quarter Round molding is used to hide the expansion gap at the base of
perimeter walls left during installation.

The Tee molding is used as a threshold in doorways or as a transition strip where the
bamboo flooring meets tile or carpet of similar height.

The Reducer molding is used as a transition from the height of the bamboo flooring
down to the height of a thinner floor, such as a cork floor.

The Stair nose molding is used to cover the front edge of a stair tread or step. If
used on a stair, flooring is installed behind the stair nosing to cover the tread of the
stair.

The Stair tread is a one-piece tread with integral bull-nose used to compose the
entire structural stair tread.

Maintenance

Can I clean my Duro-design bamboo floor with a mop?

Duro-design Bamboo flooring cleans easily with a damp mop. As with a hardwood
floor, you should avoid excessive moisture. A slightly damp mop may be used to
mop up a spill. We would recommend that you use wood floor cleaners for prefinished hardwood diluted in water (i.e. Bona X by Bonakemi, Squeaky Clean by
Basic Coatings, etc.)

Can I re-finish a Duro-design Bamboo floor?

Yes, in fact when you compare our floor to other pre-finished bamboo floors on the
market, our specially formulated MP765 coating system is much easier to refinish.

Do I need to sand down and re-stain my Duro-design Bamboo


floor to refinish it?

No. Our MP765 coating can refinished with a quick manual scuff-sand (220grit)
and then two coats of our MP765 water-base varnish. Let it dry overnight before
subjecting it to regular foot traffic and you are done!

How long will my Duro-design Bamboo floor last?

A well maintained bamboo floor will last for decades. The key to its longevity,
besides its inherit hardness, is the toughness and flexibility of our MP765 waterbase coating. Keep sand and grit off the floor with regular vacuuming and dampmopping and the floor will last you a very long time.

How often do I need to re-finish my Duro-design Bamboo floor?

To ensure the lasting beauty of your Duro-design Bamboo floor, an additional


coating of urethane should be applied every year for high-traffic commercial (i.e.
retail stores, restaurants, etc.), 2 to 3 years for medium traffic (i.e. offices, museums,
etc.) and 5 to 7 years for light commercial or residential bamboo flooring.

What else can I do to maintain my Duro-design Bamboo floor?

In order to maximize the durability and beauty of your Duro-design Bamboo


flooring, we recommend the following practices as part of your floor's normal care
and maintenance: Place doormats or rugs at entrances to collect moisture, sand, grit
and other potentially damaging substances from being tracked onto your bamboo
floor. Dust mop or vacuum with a soft accessory to keep your bamboo floor clean
from dust, dirt or grit. For sticky spots, use a soft damp cloth to gently scrub the
floor. If necessary, use a generic hardwood floor cleaner. Do not use steel wool or
other abrasive scouring pads. Do not use harsh detergents, abrasive cleansers, or
corrosive chemicals to clean your bamboo floor. Avoid excessive water. If a spill
occurs, blot it up immediately with a dry cloth or slightly damp mop. Protect the
floor from furniture legs and do not walk on the floor with high-heeled shoes.

What bamboo floor cleaning products do you recommend?

We would recommend that you use hardwood floor cleaners for pre-finished
hardwood flooring diluted in water (i.e. Bona X by Bonakemi, Squeaky Clean by
Basic Coatings, etc.)Apply as directed with a damp mop.

Ordering

Can I get samples?

Yes you can get samples - contact us at 1-888-528-8518 or by emailing us at


info@duro-design.com and we'll put you in touch with your local DuroDesign
Bamboo flooring representative or showroom.

How do I purchase Duro-design Bamboo flooring?

Contact us at 1-888-528-8518 or by info@duro-design.com and we'll put you in


touch with your local Duro-design Bamboo flooring representative or showroom.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is included in your quoted per square foot price.

Is there a minimum order quantity when I buy Duro-design


Bamboo flooring from Duro-design?

No, there is no minimum order. In addition, you may purchase the exact square foot
quantity you require- you are not limited to buying full boxes (23.55sqft. Per box)

When ordering Duro-design Bamboo flooring how much extra


should I order to allow for waste?

As a rule of thumb, add 8% to 10% for waste and cuts depending on your skill level
and the layout of the area. Diagonal layouts, or floors with curved walls may require
more careful calculation of the quantity required.

Bamboo Flooring Tips, Maintenance &


Warranty
Tips for Keeping Your Bamboo Floor Looking like New

The key to keeping your bamboo floor in good shape is simply keeping the floor
clean.

Never wax your bamboo floor. The urethane-based finish is designed to protect your
floor for years.

Wipe up any spills immediately.

Protect your floor from everyday use by installing felt or plastic protectors under
"feet" of furniture.

Caster-wheeled chairs should have wide casters.

Beware of high heels! An average size woman in high heels can exert as much as
2,000 pounds per square inch of pressure on the floor. This can damage even the
toughest flooring material.

Maintenance

Your DuroDesign bamboo floor is very well protected by our tough finish, however
your floor can by dulled and scratched by the accumulation of grit, sand and dirt.
The bamboo floor should be kept clean by routine vacuuming.

Occasionally, clean the bamboo floor with a damp mop using wood cleaners
formulated for pre-finished hardwood or laminate floors diluted in a bucket of
water. These products are commonly found in any home improvement center or by
visiting any reseller of hardwood floors.

We encourage using walk-off mats at entrance doors and in front of the kitchen sink.
Avoid rubber backed or other non-ventilated mats or rugs as they may trap water
underneath and cause damage to your floor.

You can minimize contraction and expansion of your bamboo floor by maintaining
an adequate temperature and relative humidity.

Observe the re-finishing maintenance schedule and you floor will last a lifetime. If
you have high-traffic areas, re-finish the bamboo floor when it begins to show signs
of wear.

Warranty
We offer a 25 year structural warranty from the date of sale for bamboo flooring for
delamination, separation, buckling or cupping as a result of a defect of manufacturing.
We offer a 5 year renewable finish warranty for our pre-finished bamboo flooring for
normal wear and tear if you follow the re-finishing maintenance schedule. Apply two coats
of our MP765 water-base polyurethane:

Once per year for high traffic retail

Once every two to three years for low to medium commercial traffic

Once every five to seven years for residential bamboo flooring applications

A well maintained DuroDesign bamboo floor will last decades.

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Bamboo Flooring Accessory Moldings

Available in any color, in vertical or horizontal grain to coordinate with your bamboo floor.
All moldings are sold in 6 foot lengths.

Stair Nosing Profile

Reducer molding to transition to thinner flooring (such as cork)

Shoe molding to cover the expansion gap around the perimeter of a


room

Tee molding to cover the expansion gap between rooms in doorways

DuroDesign Polyurethane Floor Varnish


Floor Finishing with a Difference

DuroDesign has developed its own proprietary MP765 high-traffic water-base


polyurethane system for the ultimate combination of durability, beauty and ease of
maintenance in a wood floor finish.

Tough and durable floor finish

Thick and flexible for superb abrasion and scratch resistance

Our finish will not crack, separate or leave white marks when dented

Two-part catalyzed polyurethane for chemical and stain resistance

DuroDesign bamboo floors are pre-finished with six coats of our MP765
system finish for long-life

DuroDesign cork floors are site-finished to seal all tile edges and seams
with four coats of MP765

Easy to refinish

Refinish your wood floor with a light screening and two quick-drying top
coats

MP765 is fast-drying: ready to re-coat in two hours

No expensive professional chemical systems are needed to re-finish our


pre-finished floor

Crystal clear floor coating for vibrant floors alive with color

MP765 is a non-yellowing and transparent floor finish

Excellent optical definition for a beautiful, vibrant and natural look

Our furniture-grade colors are made by us and come sparkling through


beautifully.

Indoor Air quality

A very low VOC content and water base means minimal odor during revarnishing

MP765 is a fast-drying water-borne floor finish

Absolutely no residual odor or off-gassing

We go one step beyond the conventional with our MP765 Finishing System

We finish-sand every piece of flooring, add color with our own furnituregrade stains and coat with our own crystal-clear finish

Our competitors are staining and finishing their bamboo flooring in


China, with limited colors and cloudy finishes

Our water-based polyurethane coating soaks into the wood grain for a
natural appearance

Their finishes do not penetrate the wood and lie on top giving an
artificial plasticky look to a floor

Supple and flexible, our finish is resistant and durable

Competitor's finishes are too hard and brittle so scratches and dents
flake off and show up as white marks

Our MP765 coating is simple and quick to refinish

Other aluminum oxide pre-finished floors are almost impossible to resand and refinish