When considering the variety of materials available for a fence, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Chain link, traditional lumber, and wrought iron all have their advantages. Among the different options, bamboo fencing stands out as particularly advantageous. Not only is bamboo fencing an environmentally friendly option, it’s also extremely durable and highly economical. Read on to learn a few of the many benefits of bamboo fencing.
A house with a bamboo fence gives the impression that the owners are conscious of their impact on the environment. The material is extremely sustainable when compared to other fencing options. Bamboo, which is actually not wood but grass, has been called the most environmentally friendly fencing material available on Earth simply because of the speed at which it grows. Bamboo can be harvested and made into wood every three years – compare that with a cedar tree, which can take as long as fifty years to grow to a point where it can be cut down for fence construction. Bamboo also yields more “wood” than trees; harvesting a regular forest yields twenty times less wood than harvesting a bamboo forest. Finally, bamboo can be harvested over and over again without harming the environment.
Bamboo fencing is durable
Bamboo fencing is the “iron man” of fences. It is twice as strong as a fence made from cedar, and can be as much as three times as strong as regular timber. In fact, bamboo fencing can withstand hurricane-force winds! This may be surprising given bamboo’s classification as grass rather than wood, but it’s true. In many places, homes are built from bamboo—which is chosen specifically for its durability. Even if it cracks or fades, bamboo fencing will remain strong, and it can last for up to twenty years if properly installed and maintained (Tip: Make sure your bamboo fencing is not in direct contact with the ground when it is installed; this can cause it to erode).
As an added bonus, bamboo fencing does not face infestation from termites. Termites can’t digest the high amount of silica found in bamboo.
Bamboo fencing is economical
You may be surprised to learn that, despite its many benefits, bamboo fencing is a cost-effective choice. As mentioned above, bamboo grows quickly and can be harvested frequently; therefore, it is extremely affordable. Compared to a vinyl fence, bamboo fencing will be far cheaper. The initial cost of a bamboo fence may be more expensive than a cedar fence—but keep in mind that it will last longer, reducing your long-term investment.
Do you have a bamboo fence? What other advantages have you found?