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Bamboo VS Other Building Materials

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When it comes to finding the right materials to use for your interior and exterior spaces, there are many choices to consider. But bamboo wood products are superior in their versatility, strength, durability, and beauty. With a closer look at what bamboo wood can be used for, you will see why this is the material you should use for a variety of purposes.

Bamboo, the world’s fastest growing plant, is an eco-friendly, sustainable building material that can be used for a wide range of decorative or structural projects like roofing, fencing, flooring, and even rugs. Along with being versatile, bamboo offers some unique benefits when compared to other building materials.

Durability and Application

Bamboo is a natural product, just like hardwood, that can be used for walls, flooring and other construction inside the home. Bamboo is approximately the same hardness as oak, making it comparable to hardwood in terms of durability and longevity.

However, unlike these materials, bamboo is extremely light. You won’t need heavy machinery like cranes when working with bamboo, and it is much easier to transport than heavier building materials. With the right treatment, bamboo is very resilient to the elements.

Installation Processes

Bamboo products are installed in the same manner as wood products, and both wood and bamboo materials should be allowed to acclimate to the environment before the installation. For instance, most manufacturers recommend allowing the material to acclimate in the room where the material is installed for at least 24 hours. This allows the wood to adjust to the room’s moisture content and temperature.list of bamboo benefits

Colors and Styles

Natural wood is available in a wide selection of styles and colors, while bamboo is typically available in either flat or vertically grained pieces that feature a natural honey color, beige, black, or tropical tan. The selection is enhanced to also offer natural, caramel brown, and speckled. Natural bamboo poles can be sanded and painted, stained or treated with a waterproofing agent, such as clear polyurethane.

Exterior Building

Adding polyurethane is necessary when using bamboo outdoors, as the material is susceptible to moisture damage after two years. Some wood, such as pressure treated lumber, does not require additional treatment when used outdoors, as the process of pressure treating the wood helps reduce water damage.With proper treatment, bamboo can last for many years outdoors, and can be used in any project that normally requires the use of wood. The structure of a hollow tube with walls across the tube at every node provides strength and can be utilized for hundreds of tasks.

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This, along with its great capacity for shock absorption, makes it an incredibly useful building material in areas that are prone to earthquakes.


Bamboo poles and other bamboo products are comparable to wood in cost, and in some causes bamboo is more affordable than wood. Typically, the cost for high quality, treated bamboo products is four dollars per square foot, but untreated bamboo slats and poles are very affordable. After adding clear polyurethane, bamboo products become just as durable as wood, but are often more affordable.


Building with bamboo can give your project a unique look and be beneficial for the environment.

Typical growth rates for most bamboos in temperate climates is approximately 1.2–3.9 inches per day. Some species can grow 35 inches in a 24 hour period. This fast growth 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 than most hardwoods.

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