It may seem initially counter-intuitive, but one of the best materials to use for your fence is actually bamboo. Many people associate bamboo with the far east, with martial weapons or with Zen gardens. But the truth is that this material is practically ideal for making a fence for your yard, and here are a few reasons why.
Many types of wood traditionally used for fences have the downside of not being terribly sustainable. Many woods completely destroy forests when they are harvested. This is bad for the environment. But when it comes to bamboo, this isn’t really a problem at all. Where it might take 20 or 30 years to replenish a forest of something like cedar, bamboo grows back quickly. By some counts, bamboo grows back 20 times faster than something like cedar. It’s easy to replenish and easy to harvest. People who use bamboo for their fences are being more friendly to the environment.
Bamboo is also known for having a considerable amount of strength to it. Many people might think that traditional woods like cedar might naturally b a lot stronger than bamboo. This is not the case, however. In fact, bamboo has double the durability of cedar. It has triple the strength of many other traditional woods as well. In fact, bamboo fences that are installed well enough have been known to stand up to winds in excess of 50 miles an hour or more. Bamboo also tends to be durable in terms of being resistant to bugs as well. Many bugs that eat wood such as termites won’t touch bamboo because it’s too different.
One common problem with traditional fences is that they often end up with rotting wood after a long enough time period. However, a bamboo fence can last for decades without any rot. Even if the fence has little breaks in it over time or loses some of its color, it won’t lose its ability to resist rot because bamboo just doesn’t attract rot the way that other fences do.
In spite of all of this, surprisingly, bamboo is still often cheaper than the other options, believe it or not. The main reason for this is just that it’s so easy to farm and so sustainable so the cost to replenish the wood is much less. Additionally, fences made of bamboo are relatively easy to install if you know what you’re doing or if you get a professional to install it for you. It’s important to get someone who’s done this kind of thing before especially when it comes to bamboo fences because you get a lot of benefit from the bamboo only if it’s installed properly.
For example, proper installation will ensure that bamboo fences stay together even in the face of extreme winds. Proper installation also ensures that the bamboo stalks won’t erode very fast at all, but this only occurs if the fence is installed correctly. This installation is quick and easy but it is important to make sure that you get it right. Overall, bamboo is just a wise choice for anyone who cares about the environment, cost-effective solutions and durability.