Thursday, 6 May 2010

Sustainable Flooring Materials

Palm
Coconut palms are grown in abundance in plantations around the world, specifically for their nuts. As a palm tree ages, it increases in height until after about 80-100 years it is no longer able to produce nuts because nutrients have too far to travel from the ground to the top. Once a palm becomes nonreproducing, it is cut and replaced with a shorter, younger palm.
Palmwood is derived from those cut palms that would otherwise go to waste. Unlike wood, the palm fibre is darker and harder at the perimeter; the central portions are soft and light. Palmwood is manufactured by cutting, slicing and kiln-drying the raw material before laminating the strands and bonding them with a nontoxic adhesive.

Characteristics
  • Abundant, renewable natural source
  • Multiple laminated layers produce a stable and durable wood-like material
  • Available in tongue-and-groove planks cut to various lengths and as panels and plywood
  • Characteristic dark colour with different graining patterns
Applications
  • Flooring. Store flooring in the area where it will be used for 72 hours before installation. Nail or glue in place over a dry, level subfloor (plywood, concrete or timber flooring).
  • Not suitable for very wet areas
  • Panelling and cladding




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