As people move more and more to leading a green lifestyle, bamboo has been gaining in popularity. From fences, to clothing, to flooring, it is seen most everywhere. Construction is no different. Bamboo isincreasing at an overwhelming rate in construction usage.

Being one of the most eco-friendly materials currently available, it is no wonder that bamboo isbecoming more prevalent in the construction arena. It is renewable, regenerative, highly sustainable,readily available and somewhat cost effective. Although bamboo has been popular as a construction material for centuries in Asia, it is only recently that this trend has become more widespread in the United States and elsewhere.

While technically a grass, bamboo can be processed to become a material similar to wood. But, unlike wood, it remains lightweight, yet durable. Bamboo is also versatile, flexible, easy to handle and use, and can be cut to any size and/or shape. If it is being used for construction purposes, the bamboo should be pretreated. Otherwise, it may rot and attract insects, fungus, mold, and mildew. Bamboo can be lamented or sealed as one way to prevent this from happening.

Traditionally, bamboo has been used for bridges, boats, and huts. However, recently the usage of bamboo has become much more extensive. Fences, garden furniture, flooring, roofing, walls, scaffolding, and as a reinforcement to concrete, bamboo is practically everywhere and is used for a variety of purposes. Bamboo houses are even starting to be built; although, the lack of insulation

bamboo provides seems to be the most critical issue with this right now. Regardless, some progressive- type companies use bamboo solely saying it is “the strongest type of wood for construction, as wellas being the most durable, resilient and long-lasting.” There is no question that bamboo is also quite attractive and resilient.

While somewhat expensive now, the hope is that this will change for bamboo in the future. Currently, most bamboo is imported contributed to its expense. If and/or when it is able to be produced in the United States, it’s likely the costs associated with bamboo will decrease. In addition, by society continuing to become more eco-friendly, it should also help with costs. Therefore, it is likely that bamboo will become even more common in all types of construction projects. Plus with all the immense benefits bamboo has to offer, it’s definitely a material that should continue to be used and expanded upon.

Article by Jim Shannon at Bamboo Habitat where you can buy all kinds of bamboo products, including poles and fences.

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