Answers to the most common Bamboo Fencing questions. Do not hesitate to head over to our contact page and ask anything you need.
Bamboo is the most environmentally friendly wood product on Earth because it is the fastest growing plant on record. It takes 30-50 years for a cedar tree to grow back after it is cut down for wood fence construction. Bamboo, on the other hand, can be sustainably harvested for fencing every 3 years. When comparing bamboo fencing to vinyl fencing, a petroleum-based product, the environmental benefits of bamboo become even more obvious and compelling.
Bamboo fences can last twice as long as cedar fences and are able to significantly withstand more environmental extremes such as hurricane force winds (the rounded canes allow the wind to pass through the fence). And unlike cedar or pine, bamboo is naturally termite resistant, avoiding one of the most common fates of traditional wood fences. (Termites cannot digest bamboo due to a naturally high content of silica in the wood fibers.) These unique physical characteristics make bamboo more suitable for a range of applications and installation environments.
Bamboo fencing actually costs less than most traditional fencing products, especially when you consider the investment over a period of time. Significantly less expensive than vinyl fences, bamboo fences are also much easier to install - a quality which saves on contractor costs and gives you the option to install it yourself. When it comes to cedar fences, bamboo can be slightly more expensive, but because it lasts so much longer, bamboo's overall cost ends up being less than traditional wood fences throughout the product's lifetime.
Picture frame bamboo fence
The picture frame bamboo fence is the most popular style of bamboo fencing. The term "picture frame" is derived from the way in which the bamboo is framed in by traditional wood on all four edges: top, bottom, and sides. When both sides of the bamboo fence are framed it is also referred to as a "good neighbor fence." The advantage of this style is that by matching the color of the wood frame encasing the bamboo, you can creatively incorporate the fence into the aesthetic of your home. The clean lines of the painted frame, coupled with the vertical lines of the bamboo, creates a relaxed sense of calm, unique to bamboo fencing.
Traditional fence installation
Bamboo fencing can be installed exactly like traditional wood without picture framing. In this method the bamboo is secured on one side of the fence frame to two horizontal 2x4s referred to as "rails." This technique gives the fence a slightly different look depending on which side you are standing on; one side will have a frame while the other appears "clean" with only bamboo showing.
All bamboo fence system
A Bamboo Innovations all bamboo fence system uses bamboo poles measuring 4" or 5" in diameter as the main, supporting posts in place of traditional wood 4x4s. The horizontal 2x4 support rails are typically replaced with 2" bamboo poles. The bamboo rolled fencing is then attached to this all bamboo frame allowing for a completely organic looking fence that is quite unique.
Refurbish existing wood, chain link, block wall (cover and add height)
One of the great features of Bamboo Innovations fencing is that you need not build an entirely new fence to enjoy the benefits of bamboo. Our Bamboo fences can be used to cover existing, structurally sound fences to increase privacy or refurbish an eye sore. One advantage to this installation method is the bamboo fence's ability to double the privacy height. For example, if you have a 4ft tall chain link fence, you can choose to attach an 8ft tall bamboo fence, gaining significant coverage.
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