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Green Building Supply (GBS) Strand Bamboo is our highest quality, safest, most durable, and sustainable bamboo flooring. If you're looking for a beautiful wide-plank floor that's free of toxic chemicals, will take all the punishment your family or retail customers can give, and is reasonably priced, then this may be the right choice for you. And if want to help reduce carbon emissions and our dependence on petroleum products, this is an excellent eco-friendly choice.
DIY Installation GBS Wide Plank Engineered Strand bamboo is made with a multi-layer eucalyptus core that is highly stable. It clicks together without nails or glue and can be floated over most plywood or concrete subfloors with underlayment and vapor barrier, below, at, or above grade. It can also be installed over radiant heat. See installation guidelines for more details.
Safety First Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers who live, work and play on our floors. Our GBS Strand Bamboo wood flooring is made with no added urea formaldehyde. Test results from Benchmark laboratories in Oregon indicate that our engineered bamboo emits less than <.005 ppm urea formaldehyde which is well below the CA standard (.05ppm) as well as the European E0 standard (.07ppm). It is also FloorScore® certified which gives you peace of mind that this product has been independently tested to comply with section 01350 of the California standard and will not off-gas hazardous air pollutants. Installing our GBS Strand Bamboo flooring will help you achieve a cleaner, purer indoor air quality.
Rapidly Renewable Trees provide wood for building and are essential to our ecosystem for reducing greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide while pumping life-giving oxygen into our atmosphere. Unfortunately, they take 25-50 years to fully develop. Bamboo, on the other hand, is a grass that grows extremely fast; some varieties grow up to 30-35" per day!
Carbon Neutral Bamboo has been touted as a miracle cure for climate change and global warming. While that may be a stretch, its green credentials are unquestioned because it grows perpetually while maintaining its rhizome root system, is mostly free from pests and disease, and requires modest quantities of water. Bamboo is best known for its ability to sequester carbon and convert CO2 into oxygen faster than most other plant life. Some reports say bamboo stores 30-35% more carbon in its roots and biomass than an equal amount of forest. Bamboo's capacity to reduce carbon and improve the atmosphere as well as reduce our reliance on more intensive carbon emitters like plastic and concrete make bamboo one of the greatest beneficiaries to the environment.
Sustainably Harvested GBS Wide Plank bamboo is engineered strand bamboo made from organically grown and sustainably harvested Moso bamboo after 5-6 years. GBS is one of the few bamboo floor companies in the USA whose products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC-C141926). This certification ensures that the bamboo: is harvested from well-managed forests, has not been clear cut, is grown without toxic pesticides, and that the manufacturer pays fair wages, supports the social, and economic wellbeing of the farmers and communities. This utilizes forestry practices that have the least impact on the environment and ensures long-term maintenance and growth of eco-systems and habitats.
Durability and the Janka Scale The Janka Hardness Scale is one of the best known benchmarks for rating the relative hardness and durability of wood flooring against dents and wear in both residential and commercial structures. It uses a metric called lbf or pounds of force. Overall hardness is based by the resistance to dents but the Janka Scale also takes into account the type of core for engineered flooring such as HDF, oak, pine as well as grain direction, thickness, and floor wear surface.It was developed in 1906 and was officially standardized by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Red Oak is the median for hardness which measures 1,290 lbf, Douglas fir measures 660 lbf, while Brazilian Cherry measures 2,350 lbf.
Harder Than Wood Our GBS Strand Bamboo is compressed under heat and pressure to make a highly dense plank that measures between 3800-5000 lbf on the Janka Scale. This is clearly harder than 99% of all other types of flooring and explains why people love to use this type of bamboo in very tough environments. From a durability perspective, there is no real difference between solid strand bamboo and engineered strand bamboo. Both can be installed throughout all rooms in the home (however solid floors shouldn't be installed in basements). If you have children who play hard with their toys and skateboards, or have large pets that love to run through the house, you will find this floor is up to the challenge. In addition, this floor will hold up to puddles and spills for up to 24 hours after accidents making it suitable for kitchens and half baths. Smaller water droplets will evaporate. Just follow the manufacturer's easy maintenance guide and this floor will last a very long time.
GBS Strand Bamboo is our own brand of bamboo; made the way we want it and the way our customers demand it: no toxic chemicals, third party certified, ultra low odor, NAUF, sustainably harvested and FSC certified. Beautiful colors and styles to suit any design or application. Ideal for DIY installation.
Features & benefits
Eco-friendly, rapidly renewable — FSC Certified Moso bamboo. Sustainably harvested every five-six years in well-managed plantations. Raised without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers; Moso bamboo is not the variety pandas eat.
Reduces CO2 — sequesters more carbon dioxide than trees.
Improves indoor air quality — safe for everyone, including the chemically sensitive;learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance, made with no added urea formaldehyde (NAUF) and compliant with FloorScore®, CARB II, Prop 65, European EO, Japanese JIS/JAS 5-star; certified independently by SCS.
Qualifies for LEED — contributes to LEED MR6 rapidly renewable and to LEED IEQ 4.4 low emitting materials.
Extremely durable — super dense 3800-5000 on the Janka Scale; matte abrasion-resistant finish, aluminum-oxide enhanced UV-cured acrylic urethane with scratch-resistant hardened topcoat.
High dimensional stability — can be installed below grade in basements, at grade or above grade.
24-hour spill protection — will hold up to puddles and spills up to 24 hours after accidents. Ideal for kitchens and half baths.
Easy DIY installation — engineered floating floor that clicks together and can be installed below, at or above grade with proper underlayment and vapor barrier. Refer to the installation guidelines.
Engineered strand — Hefty, long and wide plank bamboo multi-layered construction with eucalyptus ; single length 9/16" thick x 72" long x 5 5/8" wide.
Radiant heat safe — may be installed over hydronic radiant heat. Must follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Long-lasting, quality-assured — lifetime construction warranty; 50-year residential warranty against finish wear-through, can be refinished two times. Follow the manufacturer's maintenance guide.
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Coverage (1 Coat)
Recommended # of Coats
Square Feet / Box
22.62 Square Feet
Thickness or Height
Veneer Cut Thickness
Boxes / Pallet
Square Feet / Pallet
Boards / Box
Pieces / Box
Weight / Box
Interior or Exterior
Use On Material
All Rooms: Dry
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