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  • Bamboo Paneling Installation Instructions

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by admin

    Looking to enhance your living space for the holidays? Bamboo paneling is both eco-friendly and attractive, perfect for home or business use. Use bamboo paneling to cover walls, ceilings, cabinets, bar fronts, and more. This flexible material is also referred to as Flexbamboo, specially designed for easy application. We offer a wide variety of styles and colors that measure 4 feet in height and 8 feet in width. The strips of bamboo have a thickness of 1/8 inches and are 11/16 inches in width. Paneling can easily be re-sized and installed horizontally or vertically to best fit your project’s needs.

    Prepare the Surface

    Before you get started the area of application must be cleaned, sanded, and smoothed for best results. Surface areas that are prone to excessive moisture exposure are not recommended. Over time the paneling may detach or become damaged due to the moisture.

    Re-sizing Paneling

    Our bamboo paneling comes in a convenient carpet roll style that can be cut horizontally or vertically. For horizontal cuts, mark the paneling with a marker and cut carefully with a chop saw. If you plan on cutting paneling vertically, use a box knife with a sharp blade. Cut all the way through the mesh fabric backing between the strips of bamboo. Always use sharpened or new blades to avoid tears and rough edges.

    Installation with Nails or Staples

    You will want to pre-drill holes in relation to the size of the nail being used. Due to the natural density of bamboo, paneling is subject to cracking and splitting. Slowly drill holes 1” from top to bottom every 10”. Hold paneling firmly on the surface area you wish to cover and apply nails slowly.

    Another method of application is stapling. You will need an industrial staple gun with stainless steel staples. Measure and mark the desired surface area and resize paneling accordingly. Hold in place and staple every six to eight inches from top to bottom. For additional reinforcement, staple paneling on all edges.

    Installation with Contact Glue

    Once the paneling is cut and re-sized, unroll paneling and lay flat on the ground. Use contact cement to coat the mesh backing thoroughly. Allow the adhesive to set for 10 to 15 minutes and apply to surface. Press all areas of the paneling firmly to ensure effective contact with wall surfaces. You can reinforce the paneling with staples or nails, holes must be pre-drilled for nails. Allow 24 hours for drying time and periodically check to make sure paneling stays in place.

    To complete paneling, apply a coat of Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil. The varnish will enhance the look of paneling and protect the color if used outdoors. Let us know if you found this instructional guide helpful. Send us pictures of your finished projects and we will gladly exhibit your work on our website and social media platforms!

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    This post was posted in Bamboo, Bamboo Paneling

  • How to Re-Thatch a Mexican Palm Thatch Palapa

    Posted on December 1, 2014 by admin

    Not sure how to properly re-thatch a palapa structure? In this post, we will explain step by step how to re-thatch a palapa with Mexican palm thatch. Depending on the size of your palapa, a double layer of thatch is required to achieve an authentic island look. Make sure to measure your palapa roof accurately for best results. Below is a breakdown of how much thatch is required to cover each palapa.

    Sizes are approximate

    • 7 foot palapa top fits – 6 to 6 ½ diameter foot frame
    • 9 foot palapa top fits – 8 to 8 ½ diameter foot frame
    • 12 foot palapa top fits – 11 to 11 ½ diameter foot frame
    • 14 foot palapa top fits – 13 to 13 ½ diameter foot frame

    Start by removing all worn out thatch and staples. The wooden frame of your palapa should be in good condition. If there are damaged pieces of wood, replace the wood before re-thatching. You will need two Mexican thatch umbrella covers to fully cover the roof of the palapa. Mexican palm thatch may contain residue that can cause stains. Rinse new thatch with water after installation.

    Apply the larger cover first; this will serve as the overhang. Fold the thatch into a pie figure, lift with a broom and shape to fit palapa. Use stainless steel staples to secure thatch to the wooden frame. The smaller umbrella cover is placed on top of the larger umbrella cover to create a double layer effect. Use a ladder to reach thatch and adjust on all sides of the palapa. Once the second cover is shaped, repeat the stapling process. You can cut thatch to any desired length with a sharp scissors.

    Now, your palapa looks brand new and can be enjoyed by all. Mexican palm thatch will last up to five years depending on the climate in your location. Thatched palapas are great for the summer season and provide sufficient shade. You can purchase Mexican palm thatch umbrella covers in 7, 9, 12, and 14 feet on our website. Check back for upcoming posts on thatch and other bamboo products.

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    This post was posted in Thatch, Tiki Huts & Palapas

  • Forever Bamboo Tutorials

    Posted on November 19, 2014 by admin

    In the next couple of weeks we will be producing short tutorial videos that will be available to view on our website and new YouTube page. These videos will display our thatch, bamboo fencing, paneling, bamboo poles, reed fencing, Bac Bac matting, and Lauhala matting. In each video, we will be educating our viewers about each product and ways in which you can install and enhance your home or business.

    Here’s a list of topics that will be discussed in each tutorial.

    Thatch

    • Types of thatch
    • Tools needed to install thatch (ladder, staple gun, safety glasses, zip ties, ¾ inch staples, and scissors)
    • Cut and re-size thatch
    • Install thatch on a solid roof structure

    Bamboo Fencing

    • Color and sizing options
    • Re-size and cut bamboo fencing
    • Tools required for installation (zip ties, drill, and screws)
    • Properly pre-drill fencing
    • Install on a chain-link fence, tiki bar, counter front, and existing wooden fence
    • How to apply protective sealant (Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil)

    Bamboo Paneling

    • Color and sizing options
    • 2 different ways to cut paneling
    • Tools (Staple gun, razor, tape measure, chop saw)
    • Installation on a tiki bar front
    • How to apply Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil

    Bamboo Poles

    • Color and sizing options
    • Tools (drill, chop saw 44 tooth blade, measuring tape)
    • How to cut, re-size, and split individual poles
    • Pre-drill poles to prevent cracking
    • Compare poles with and without Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil

    Reed Fencing

    • Color and sizing options
    • Tools (staples, tape measure, staple gun)
    • How to install on a tiki bar front with slats
    • Installation on a chain-link fence with zip ties
    • Installation on a fencing panel with staples

    Lauhala & Bac Bac Matting

    • Sizing and design options
    • Tools (glue, staples, nails, tape, staple gun, and blade)
    • How to cut, re-size, and reinforce matting
    • Install on a tiki bar
    • Install with slats as a border

    We look forward to hearing your feedback. Please let us know what else you would like to see in our upcoming  videos.

     

     


    This post was posted in Bamboo, Bamboo Fence, Bamboo Paneling, Bamboo Poles, Forever Bamboo, Reed Products, Thatch and was tagged with how to, Tutorials, Videos

  • Using Bamboo for Halloween Decorations

    Posted on October 10, 2014 by admin

    Bamboo Halloween DecorationsNobody can deny the fact that bamboo has tons of applications. From construction to decoration, bamboo can be used for any number of things. But how exactly can bamboo be used for the scariest day of the year? Well, here are a few tips and tricks for when all the neighborhood kids start coming by your home for tricks or treats.

    Resourceful Decorating

    Trying to set up your walk way with spooky curtains and cobwebs? You are going to need to hold up all your decorations somehow. Lucky for you, bamboo is strong and lightweight, which makes it a perfect material for holding up some black, billowing curtains to set up a creepy vibe as people approach your door.

    Scarecrow Stand

    That scarecrow is not going to hold itself up on your lawn… unless it has come alive—in which case, you certainly have bigger problems on your hands. Prop that bad boy up anywhere on your lawn with some bamboo and you are set!

    Invite a Murder… of Crows

    Nothing says Halloween like a bunch of crows hanging out on your lawn. Obviously, you probably don’t have time to gather a few live birds and train them to sit all Halloween night. Why not buy some fake crows and set them atop bamboo bird perches.

    Tropical Zombie

    If you really want to get into Halloween with matching costume and decor, first: decorate your walkway with a tropical theme. Line the walls with some bamboo, set up some palm trees or palm fronds, and light those tiki torches. Second: dress in a Hawaiian shirt, flip flops, sunglasses, and a margarita with a little umbrella. Paint your face like a zombie and call it good.

    However you choose to decorate this Halloween, remember to get resourceful with bamboo.

    Decorating is a great way to have fun and spread the cheer. It is a reflection of your creativity, so get into it! What ideas do you have for decorating with bamboo this Halloween? Let us know, and remember to have a safe and happy Halloween!


    This post was posted in Bamboo, Bamboo Housewares and was tagged with Decorations, halloween, Halloween Decorations, Resourceful, Scarecrow, Zombie

  • How to Build a Bamboo Roof

    Posted on September 25, 2014 by admin

    Today, we’re focusing on building a roof using bamboo building materials. If you enjoy it, you should also check out our blog post about How to Make Bamboo Walls. Using bamboo for roofing can give you a look that is both beautiful and interesting. When handled properly, bamboo has durability and longevity. It is even resistant to most of the pests that damage wood building materials! The style of roofing you use really depends on the look you want. You can do a bamboo frame covered in palm or thatch, or you can go for a bamboo tiled roof.

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    Bamboo Framing with Thatching

    Many tropical cultures use bamboo framing as a base for thatched roofing. A lot of these buildings are somewhat round in shape and have a slightly pitched roof. This is a simple, traditional method of building that is quite strong. It utilizes joint lashing rather than complex joints and is generally lashed to the top supports of the walls.

    These types of roofs are typically made by placing eight bamboo poles on the ground overlapped reciprocally. Ridge poles are added around the outer edge, and the intersections are lashed together. The incline is often increased using a central prop pole which allows the central opening to be much smaller. Additionally, small bamboo rafters are laid to add support, and the roof is covered using palm or thatch.

     

    Filipino-Style Bamboo Roofing

    This style of roofing has also been described as “Spanish Tile” style bamboo roofing. A supporting frame is built of bamboo or timber, and the roof is tiled by overlapping halved bamboo poles with the top tiles curving downward and the bottom tiles curving upward. If shorter lengths are used, those higher up on the roof overlap those lower down in order to prevent gaps through which water could leak.

    The halved poles are interlocked to channel rain toward the roof edge. An additional halved bamboo pole can be used at the edge as a gutter to further direct water away from the sides of the building. It is important to fit the top tiles closely together to help protect the soft inner surface of the bottom tiles from mold and fungus.

     

     


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    This post was posted in Bamboo, Bamboo Poles, Bamboo Sticks, DIY, Forever Bamboo, Tropical Decor and was tagged with Bamboo Framing, Bamboo Roofing, Filipino-Style, Thatching

  • How To Make Bamboo Walls

    Posted on September 10, 2014 by admin

    Looking for a way to add a unique look to a structure that you are planning to build in your yard? There are many ways of making walls using bamboo products that will bring natural beauty to your projects.

    bamboo-walls-02Methods:

    Bamboo Paneling (Version 1)

    Items needed:

    • -Bamboo paneling cut to the height of the wall
    • -Bamboo poles or 2x4’s (for the framework)
    • -Clear contact cement, nails and lashing

    Probably the easiest and fastest method of making a bamboo wall is by using bamboo paneling. This comes in many different styles, so you can customize the look for which you are going. Attach the paneling (which comes in rolls) to a framework of timber or lashed bamboo poles. Adhere your paneling of choice to the frame by using clear contact cement, lashing or small nails to give your project the look you desire.

    Bamboo Paneling (Version 2)

    Items needed:

    • -Bamboo paneling cut to the height of the wall
    • -2x4’s (for the framework)
    • -Plywood
    • -Clear contact cement, nails and lashing

    Alternatively, you can attach the same bamboo paneling to a sheet of plywood for a very sturdy wall using clear contact cement and/or nails to attach the paneling. This method is very simple and can be used for many projects or structures (think sheds, playhouses, treehouses, etc.).

    Weaving Bamboo Slats

    Items needed:

    • -Bamboo slats
    • -Frame material (timber, bamboo poles/posts)

    Use flattened bamboo boards or slats to weave the bamboo through a frame of horizontal bamboo poles spaced evenly along the length of the wall. In creating a wall with this method, it will provide privacy as well as a distinct look to give your project extra character.

    Vertical Slat Wall

    Items needed:

    • -Bamboo slats cut to height of the wall
    • -Frame material
    • -Nails and clear contact cement

    After building a frame using bamboo, you can use bamboo slats vertically attached to the horizontal supports to create a traditional-styled bamboo wall.

    Sandwiched Style (Pressure-Held) Wall

    Items needed:

    • -Bamboo poles cut to the height of the wall
    • -Bamboo poles for the frame

    This method of making a bamboo wall uses horizontal support beams or poles across a row of vertical bamboo poles. First, establish the frame that will contain the row of vertically arranged bamboo poles using horizontal supports. These horizontal supports are lashed to the frame holding the vertical poles together, sandwiching the poles between the support beams. The beams are held in place due to the amount of pressure put on them. To further strengthen this type of wall, you can add clear contact cement or lashing to each of the middle poles as they cross the support poles.

    These different methods make easy ways of creating walls of interest for structures in your backyard. Bamboo walls are an appealing alternative to other materials because of the natural, classy look it will bring to your space.


    This post was posted in Bamboo and was tagged with Paneling, Pressure-Held, Sandwiched, Slats, Version 1, Version 2, Vertical, Vertical Slat, Weaving

  • The Benefits of Building with Bamboo

    Posted on August 28, 2014 by admin

    The word “bamboo” refers to 5-Benefits-of-Bamboo-as-a-Building-Material (1)many types of flowering, perennial evergreen plants in the grass family. In fact, there are over 1,400 different species of bamboo. They grow in such diverse areas as East Asia, Northern Australia, and mid-Atlantic United States.

    There are many benefits of using bamboo as a building material. We’ve put together a list of five of the biggest benefits.

    1. Strong

    When cultivated, harvested, prepared, and stored correctly, bamboo is as strong as many hardwoods. The strongest part of a bamboo stalk is its nodes, which is where branching occurs. According to Discover Magazine, ”Ounce for ounce, bamboo is stronger than wood, brick, and concrete...A short, straight column of bamboo with a top surface area of 10 square centimeters could support an 11,000-pound elephant.”

    2. Lightweight

    Especially compared to hardwoods, bamboo is extremely light. Heavy machinery like cranes are seldom needed when working with bamboo, and it is much easier to transport bamboo than heavier building materials.

    3. Flexible

    While bamboo is naturally round, it can be trained to grow in different shapes. If a growing stalk is compressed within a square form, the resulting bamboo will be square in shape. Its great capacity for shock absorption makes it an incredibly useful building material in areas that are prone to earthquakes.

    4. Versatile

    Bamboo can be used decoratively or structurally in building. It can be used in diverse ways like roofing, fencing, flooring, scaffolding, concrete reinforcement, walls, piping, and even rugs.

    5. Sustainable

    Worldwide, bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants. Growth rates depend on species, local soil, and climate condition. During the growing season, a typical growth rate for many commonly grown bamboos in temperate climates is approximately 1.2–3.9 inches per day. Some species can grow 35 inches in a 24 hour period, and there has actually been reported growth of 98 inches in a 24 hour period. This fast growth rate contributes to bamboo being considered sustainable and renewable. Bamboo forests can generally be harvested every 3-6 years. Compared to 8 years for Poplar trees and 25 years for fir trees, it is much easier to replace bamboo growth than most hardwoods.
    Building with bamboo can be very beneficial as well as give you a unique look.

     

    Sources:

    1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo
    2 http://www.nachi.org/bamboo-construction-inspection.htm
    3 http://discovermagazine.com/1996/jun/thebamboosolutio784
    4 http://www.asian-bamboo.com/bamboo-culture/bamboo-the-species/the-ecological-benefits-of-using-bamboo-wood/


    This post was posted in Bamboo, Bamboo Housewares, Bamboo Paneling, Forever Bamboo and was tagged with Flexable, Lightweight, Strong, sustainable, Versatile

  • 14 Reasons You Need Bamboo Blinds Right Now

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by admin

    bamboo blinds for your home interior design

    Bamboo Blinds For All Spaces

    1. -Naturally gorgeous in color. Natural Bamboo blinds come in light tan hue or a rich medium brown shade.
    2. -Great for any tropical theme room.
    3. -Easy to customize. Cut bamboo blinds into your preferred width.
    4. -If you're into patterns, bamboo blinds also come in a chic woven tortoise pattern. These tortoise pattern blinds come in light, dark, or rustic shades.
    5. -Looking for a contemporary color? Try Mahogany!
    6. -Instantly gives a "face-lift" to any tired windows.
    7. -Adds interest and texture to the room. A room without blinds is like a face with no eyebrows! Add some personality into your room!
    8. -Perfect for feminine or rustic chic bedrooms, bathroom, kitchens, and living rooms.
    9. -The neutral colors of bamboo complements many curtain blind colors and textures.
    10. -Bamboo may be tropical but have you ever though about using them in a classic modern house? Check out The Inspired Room's elegant use of bamboo blinds!
    11. -Adds dimension and much needed privacy to your room.
    12. -Keeps the harsh sunlight out in an attractive way.
    13. -Made from bamboo! One of the most eco-friendly and highly sustainable resources in the world!
    14. -Naturally durable. Bamboo is known to have the tensile strength of steel! Despite it's strength, it is a flexible material!

    This post was posted in Bamboo Blinds

  • Get the Tropical Party Started with Thatch!

    Posted on June 25, 2014 by admin

    tropical party with thatch panels and thatch umbrella

    Keep it Cool with a Tropical Party this Summer

    A party is always a great time that will create plenty of fond memories. A tropical party is a great theme for birthdays, retirements, pool-side parties, reunions, and many other special occasions! A great way to show that your party is tropical themed is to use thatch skirts and thatch umbrellas. Nothing screams tropical like the golden tones of thatch adorning tables, chairs, and umbrellas. This breezy material is easy to decorate with while adding decor to your party.

    One of the best ways to use thatch panels is to use it as table skirting. This instantly updates your tables for a tropical party. The colors of thatch is also a great complementary shade since it is neutral. This makes it the perfect backdrop for any color scheme you choose for your tropical party! Popular colors range from magenta, bright pink, yellow, turquoise and orange. With a color in mind, start thinking about other types of decor to use such as flowers, leis, tiki masks, tropical signs, and other tropical decor!

    Thatch umbrellas are another way to decorate your tropical party! These beautiful umbrellas provide shade to your guests during under the warm summer sun. The umbrellas also add height and texture to any space. A Mexican thatch umbrella will instantly upgrade your party with its plush and luxe look.

    So tell us, what kind of party would you use thatch for?


    This post was posted in DIY, Holiday, Thatch

  • How To Instantly Improve your Backyard with Reed Fencing

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by admin

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    Why Use Reed Fencing?

    Reed fencing is a beautiful and natural way to enhance your living space. It is the lesser known cousin to bamboo fencing and we're here to change that! Reed fencing is constructed from dried water reed that comes in varying shades from tan to dusky brown. It is inexpensive compared to other fencing materials with an equally gorgeous impact! Another benefit to reed fencing is that it can easily fit into any space. It is very flexible so it can cover many different types of spaces.

    Hide unsightly views or add more privacy by adding fencing. Apartments or condos with open patios or balconies, can benefit from added privacy. Since reed fencing is flexible, it can be installed easily to fit the shape of many different types of outdoor small spaces. This fencing also makes a great room divider. Another idea is to use reed fencing as a roofing or shade cover. If you're thinking about using reed fencing for interior designs, this is the perfect material. Use the fencing as a beautiful bed headboard or use it as a wall cover.

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    Reed fencing comes in two very popular shades. The Natural color is a warm blend of yellows and tans for an elegant look. Another shade commonly used is the Coffee color. This medium brown hue is a chic and contemporary color. These two shades work well with many different design schemes. These fencing panels will serve as beautiful backdrops for most of your projects.

    Another bonus for using reed fencing is that its an eco-friendly product that can be recycled! Enjoy your reed fencing knowing that this amazing resource is not harmful to the environment!


    This post was posted in Reed Products

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