Spring Lynn, whose company has installed, restored, and maintained the wood flooring in the White House since the Truman Administration, had this to say:
"I have been 'floored' in my experiences with your company over the past 6 years. Your floor quality and customer service are second to none, period. Many thanks for the durable, beautiful and well-engineered floors." - Spring Lynn
Mr. Lynn is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wood Flooring Association. He's won multiple honors from Hardwood Floors Magazine for his lifetime achievements in the hardwood flooring industry. He owns and operates Universal Floors in Washington DC (www.universalfloors.com).
Ambient is proud of our well-merited reputation for the highest quality quality bamboo floors and unsurpassed customer service. From everyday homeowners to contractors worldwide, we treat each and every customer with the utmost care and respect.
Below are just a few of the companies that have trusted Ambient's floors:
Although some bamboo floors are three times harder than traditional hardwood, unlike traditional floors, bamboo floors are not graded by an independent standards board. As a result, bamboo floor quality can vary widely: uneven edges, cupping, gapping, separating, swelling, and buckling are just a few of the problems associated with not only low-quality bamboo, but with low-quality wood floors in general. Purchasing the wrong bamboo floor will inevitably lead to expensive rip out and repair costs — a headache easily avoided by doing your due diligence before you buy.
At Ambient, we are deeply committed to selling only the highest caliber bamboo floors on the market, which also means products that are safe for your family and your business alike. All of our floors meet the most stringent indoor air quality standards including CARB phases 1 & 2, E1 and E0, and all OSHA standards to boot. In fact, we're so certain our floors are a cut above the rest that we guarantee their durability with a lifetime structural warranty. We have our floors tested by independent third-party laboratories to ensure we are meeting our own stringent quality standards.
Bamboo has been a popular building material for centuries thanks to its remarkable strength and durability; however, modern bamboo builders also praise the world's largest grass for its eco-friendliness. *A typical 60-foot hardwood tree takes decades to regenerate after harvesting, during which time there are fewer trees available to consume carbon dioxide, prevent soil runoff, and produce precious oxygen. A bamboo forest creates 30% more oxygen to begin with than a hardwood forest of the same size, and — because it is technically a grass rather than a tree — bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, taking just 59 days to regenerate after harvesting. Bamboo's root systems are left intact at harvest time, eliminating soil runoff concerns and the need for time-consuming replanting, both of which are unavoidable in conventional lumber harvesting.
Like mom used to say: If you want to make a blue-ribbon apple
pie, you've got to start by using blue-ribbon apples. Our lovingly tended
Moso (or Mao) bamboo grows for 5-7 years in managed forests free of
pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals. Individual markings
detailing age and quality ensure that only the highest caliber bamboo stems
(called culms) are selected for use during each harvest. Each stalk is cut
from the middle of the bamboo (the trunk-like main culm) and subjected to a
rigorous inspection before transformation into beautiful, durable Ambient
Bamboo flooring. Weaker culms are recycled and used for power in other parts
of the manufacturing process or to make non-durable goods.
Splicing and Sorting from stalk to strip
You can't shove a square peg through a round hole, and you
can't make a flat floor using rounded bamboo stalks. That's why our skilled
workers feed the hollow bamboo poles through a specially designed slicer,
splicing them into thin, equally sized strips before peeling away their green
outer layer. After splicing, the nodes (or joints between sections) are
sanded down to create a smooth surface, resembling traditional hardwood.
Unlike traditional lumber planking processes requiring massive,
energy-guzzling machinery, bamboo splitting uses simpler, more efficient
tools to get the raw materials from field to factory.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so when it
comes to fighting off insect invasions, Ambient floors get a battery of
booster shots. Improperly treated wood flooring — whether
traditional hardwood or bamboo — inevitably rots or falls
victim to timber-consuming parasites, resulting in expensive costs which can
be easily avoided by purchasing a properly treated floor from Ambient. To
prevent decay caused by impurities and to inoculate against future
infestations at the hands of termites and other floor-destroying pests,
Ambient's raw bamboo strips are boiled in a solution of lime acid to remove
potentially damaging grime, insects, starches and sugars.
You guessed it, bamboo flooring is naturally blond (insert your
own joke here). To achieve darker tones, bamboo strips are subjected to a
heat intensive procedure called carbonization (or carmelization). This
carefully controlled, pressurized heating process affects the sugars deep
within the bamboo's fibers, giving the entire strip a richer, darker color.
Unlike staining, which simply changes the outer pigmentation of the lumber to
which is it applied, bamboo carbonization changes the color of the bamboo all
the way through, inside and out.
Like a perfect bowl of porridge, carefully managing the
moisture content of wood floors is essential to quality and durability; too
much or too little moisture can cause wood to shrink or swell after its
installed. Our floors are tested meticulously for just the right balance of
moisture. If moisture levels aren't up to Ambient's exacting standards, we
dry the off-kilter strips in specialized kilns and then re-test them to
ensure proper moisture content, maintaining the 8% +/- 2% standard set by
U.S. regulations. We test, and re-test, until we get this one right.
Once free of impurities and balanced for moisture, the bamboo
strips are milled, sanded, and given an inspirational half-time pep talk to
prepare them for the plank construction process. Milling machines cut the
strips down to a precise, standard width and thickness before wide sanders
smooth the surface of each strip to a uniform texture. At this point, some
strips are turned into veneer for engineered floors. The sawdust created by
this process is recycled to heat the kilns used for carbonization (Phase
putting it all together
Depending on which type of flooring is being made — traditional
(horizontal and vertical), strand woven, or engineered — a
different plank construction process will occur next. Below is an overview of
Classic (solid, vertical and horizontal)
Because the individual bamboo strips are only about an inch
wide, multiple pieces must be pressed together to form planks. Ambient's
vertical grain (also known as end-grain bamboo) floors are created by
aligning the strips side by side before pressing, and horizontal grain (also
known as flat-grain bamboo) floors are created by stacking the strips
face-up, one on top of another. Once the strips are properly aligned, they
are fused together using environmentally friendly adhesives and hydraulic
pressure. Ambient's adhesives contain formaldehyde levels of less than 0.03
ppm — well below U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
European (E1 and E0) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) guidelines,
and Ambient is proud to provide 100% formaldehyde-free floors on special
Bamboo strips are pulled apart into strands, which are woven
together and compressed multiple times under extreme pressure and heat.
Ambient's strand woven floors are almost three times harder than oak, twice
as dense as classic bamboo flooring, and able to leap tall buildings in a
Engineered (including some click lock)
The top layer (veneer) of our beautiful
strand-woven bamboo flooring
is bonded to a tough, high-density fiberboard (HDF) core sandwiched
between two recycled poplar plywood layers. Like toilet paper, the higher the
ply, the higher the dimensional stability, and Ambient's engineered floors
boast a super-stable 5-ply HDF core. No gapping on these puppies. After
pressurization, the planks are inspected once again for gapping,
irregularities and other problems to ensure they do not delaminate. Planks
not up to Ambient's exacting standards are removed from the assembly
Hand Scraped (includes some click lock)
After making the cut, some floors are scraped by hand to create
a distressed look.
our planks go together, like rama lama ding dong
High-quality locking floors click together in perfect unison,
just like a good Grease song, the Rockettes, or a successful casino heist.
The same goes for tongue and groove planks — the better
the milling, the less gaps you will have when you slide the planks together.
We know this all too well. Therefore, once the planks are successfully fused
and double checked for irregularities, it's back to our German-engineered
milling machines, which cut each board into either click-lock or classic
tongue-and-groove flooring. For all floors besides the engineered variety,
the underside of each plank is milled into a ribbed pattern for support and
maximum dimensional stability. After milling, the planks are sanded on top to
ensure a smooth finish application and once again, inspected plank-by-plank
and by hand for quality.
AccuSeal® Finishing Process
the best finish on bamboo, proven
When you're going outside in a thunderstorm you need a rain
slicker, and when you're getting stepped on day in and day out you need the
most protective finish available on the market. Our industry-leading 10-coat
AccuSeal® finishing process features a solvent-free, water-based,
scratch resistant coating (using Klumpp and Treffert finishes) made in
Germany. We apply a proprietary (shhhh... it's a secret!)
finish coating to top it off that makes our floors stand up for years while
retaining their beauty.
All layers are applied and UV-cured individually to create
uniform protection across the surface of the floor. A double layer of topcoat
and proprietary coating further sets our finish apart from all other bamboo
floors. The undercoating layers provide protection against sub-floor
Like an ostrich in a chicken coop, an off-color floorboard
sticks out. To avoid mismatched eyesores, Ambient sorts its flooring planks
by hand — one at a time — into similar lots
grouped according to color. This painstaking process ensures that there is
enough diversity in each lot to maintain natural color variation in your
floor while minimizing the jarring, odd-colored boards that plague other
We wrap the bundled planks in plastic to protect them during
shipment, and finally, enclose the bundles in cardboard boxes before sending
them on their way to your home or office.