At Palandro, we offer an extensive selection of quality flooring products including cork, bamboo, hardwood, reclaimed and wide plank flooring. We carefully select each product based on the following:
- The quality and performance of the flooring
- The durability and fit of the product given the customer’s intended use
- The sustainability of the products life-cycle
There are a number of manufacturing variables that determine the ultimate quality of bamboo flooring. These include processing time, moisture content, density level, the adhesives that are used to manufacture the end product, and the quality of the surface coating. Processing time is extremely important. The stalks should be processed quickly after cutting. If they are not processed promptly, they can develop a surface mold that is often visible in the finished product. Quality manufacturers process their cut stalks immediately, thus eliminating the possibility of mold. Moisture content is also imperative and in general it should be as low as possible at the time of manufacture. It can vary widely, from 7% to 14%, and many Bamboo flooring mills ship material that has only been dried to 9-12%, which is not adequate in many climate regions. With Woven Bamboo, in particular, the drying process is essential. If Woven Bamboo is manufactured to 9-12% moisture content and then installed in a dry climate area, it has a tendency to crack or develop ripples on the plank face. For installations in areas where relative humidity drops below 35%, material that has been well-dried at the factory is essential.
Hand labor is used throughout the entire harvesting process to ensure that the trees are properly treated and protected. During each harvest, no more than 50% of the bark is removed, allowing the tree to protect itself using its natural defenses. Chemical pesticides and fertilizers are not normally used in the cork forest. Like the production of the raw material, the manufacturing methods are also geared towards the protection of our environment. To produce cork flooring, virgin cork bark and cork waste from the manufacturing of other cork products is recycled and ground into small granules. The granules are baked in molds at varying temperatures, allowing shade variations, from light to dark, in the finished tile product. After being baked, cut into slabs, sanded and finished with our natural wax or polyurethane, the tiles are hand sorted to assure the highest quality final product. Any rejected material during production is recycled back into future products. Dyes and colorings are not used in the manufacture of Expanko’s solid Traditional Cork products. During the manufacturing process, all raw materials are consumed, either for the finished flooring product or as an energy source. Production waste consisting of cork dust and cork oak tree trimmings are burned in furnaces which supply the heat to bake the cork tiles. Not only does cork provide consumers with one of the most durable, beautiful and comfortable floors available, but it also helps conserve our precious natural resources. When installed, cork provides a long lasting floor, giving your interior a warm, natural look and feel that will retain its’ functional beauty for decades. Source: Expanko CorK – http://expanko.com/CORK/products-CORK-history.html.
Real estate agents agree 9 to 1 that homes with wood flooring sell faster and for higher prices. Wood for life is also wood for lifestyle. Wood floors last many lifetimes, but in the here-and-now they are easier to care for than ever, helping you to keep a healthy home. Plus because wood flooring is derived from a living, replenishable source – trees of varied grain, colors and other characteristics such as hardness – wood encourages you to bring the outdoors in, which is the very current and continuing trend in modern interior design. That’s living a green, ecologically responsible lifestyle.