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  • How to Build a Palapa

    How to Build a Palapa

    Beaches, resorts and water parks have a distinct tropical ambiance that's enhanced by many accessories and features, but the shelters that stand out at these destinations are the thatch-roofed structures — palapas. Palapas are found on coastal establishments and other themed locations, and these tropical huts offer an enjoyable setting to lounge in and avoid harsh sun rays.

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  • How to Build a Bamboo Roof

    How to Build a Bamboo Roof

    If you want to upgrade your exterior space, bamboo roofing can create a beautiful and interesting backyard look by adding tropical appeal to patios, tiki huts or umbrellas. Bamboo also provides great durability and longevity when cared for properly.

    When building a roof out of bamboo, you can choose any style you want, including a bamboo frame with thatch or a bamboo tiled roof. In this guide for building a DIY bamboo roof, we will discuss a few styles of bamboo roofing and how to build a roof out of bamboo for your exterior living space.

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  • The History of Bamboo

    Bamboo has been used as a building material for centuries and proved itself to be a great substitute for wood in parts of the world where wood was not readily available. Bamboo has been used in all facets of construction centuries before the birth of Christ, and is actually still used heavily today to build skyscrapers! Let’s explore how bamboo has been used throughout history:

    Bamboo as a Building Material

    Bamboo construction dates back as early as the 960AD, where we can find mention of a bamboo bridge in Qian-Xian, China. There is plenty of evidence, however, that this bridge actually stood since at least the 3rd Century BC - a true display of the durability and reliability of bamboo!

    Today, Bamboo is used around the world in various stages of construction. In Hong Kong, bamboo scaffolding is frequently used to build skyscrapers. It is popular due to its very easy setup and tear-down. In the Philippines, the nipa hut is a popular bamboo housing construction due to its ability to withstand the elements and provide reliable shelter. In Japan, due to the historical prevalence of wood in the region, bamboo is used primarily for fencing, fountains, grates, and gutters, which contributes to the beautifully stunning architecture in the region.

    As you can see, bamboo has been thought of as a great wood alternative throughout history in areas where wood may have been scarce, due to its versatility. Bamboo also has incredible strength and pliability traits that match and exceed the traits of iron!

    What Makes Bamboo a Great Wood Alternative?

    Bamboo can often be underestimated because of the prevalence of wood throughout history, but don’t be fooled - bamboo is a stronger, more pliable, and more renewable building material than wood. Let’s examine the traits of bamboo and how they stack up next to wood:

    Growing Time

    As we all know, trees take a long time to grow into a resource suitable enough to harvest. There would be no point in cutting down a young tree as it would not have near the amount of wood needed in most building applications. Trees can generally only be harvested every 25-50 years, depending on the kind of tree. That would mean a single human generation could only harvest the same tree maybe two to three times during their lifetime - that’s not very efficient!

    On the contrary, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. It can grow into a hearty stalk that’s suitable for harvesting every 3-6 years! The same generation that can only harvest 2-3 of the same tree during their lifetime can harvest the same stalk of bamboo around 20 times depending on the kind of bamboo - that’s a serious increase in efficiency!

    Pliability

    In addition to being one of the most renewable resources on the planet, bamboo is also very flexible in comparison to wood and many other building materials. A unique trait in bamboo, it can be trained into a desired shape while it’s growing - the same cannot be said for a tree or any other renewable building material for that matter.

    Additionally, bamboo is very easily formed and bent into a variety of shapes by using traditional heating methods if it had not been trained while it was growing. Wood can be trained into a shape using this method as well, but it generally takes much longer and is a more laborious process. Bamboo is naturally flexible, pliable and easy to work with.

    Uses of Bamboo

    As we have discovered, bamboo is one of the most versatile building resources in the world, which is why you can see it in action in many parts of the world. China and Japan both used laminated bamboo flooring for hundreds of years before it was commercialized to the west during the mid-90s. In the U.S. & France, consumers have the option to create a house entirely of bamboo if they should choose. In worldwide construction standards, 3 ISO standard guidelines have been created detailing the best practices for bamboo construction. Bamboo houses have also been proven to be earthquake and cyclone-resistant due to their flexibility and ability to withstand the elements!

    Bamboo has been used in many other applications outside of construction as well. In India, bamboo is commonly used to build a drying rack for clothes. Bamboo has also been used in many parts of the world as ladders, gurneys, and even flagpoles! The most notable bamboo construct can be found in Shanghai - the India Pavilion. It’s the world’s largest bamboo dome at 34 meters in diameter. If all the bamboo used in the making of this incredible feat of sound architectural construction were laid end to end, it would cover a distance of 19 miles!

    Use Bamboo for Your Next Project

    It’s clear that bamboo has been used as a very reliable construction material for centuries. It’s still used today in many parts of the world and continues to provide an incredible alternative to wood. When you want to use bamboo for your DIY home project, Forever Bamboo carries the highest quality materials in our extensive inventory. Get a quote to get started on your next bamboo project today!

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  • Forever Bamboo Tutorials

    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.

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  • Bringing Hawaii to Your Backyard

    Have you ever wished to walk into your backyard and feel like you were living in a Hawaiian paradise? Tiki thatch, along with other bamboo materials, can give your home a beautiful tropical touch. Not only are bamboo products affordable, but they’re also environmentally friendly.

    Creating your own personal tropical paradise is not a dream too big to come true. With a little effort and a few helpful hints, redoing your backyard, or other space, doesn’t have to be an endless, intimidating project.

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    Pick a Space

    First off, measure and evaluate the space you have to work with. It would be a shame to buy furniture and accessories that either doesn’t fit or clutter a space. Once you know what you’re working with, establish a focal point or centerpiece. This can be inside or outside where you can add a pool, a table, and chairs for family dining, a tiki hut for cocktail hour, or a palapa to escape the sun.

    Furnish Your Space

    Within the focal area determined, decide exactly how much and what type of furniture and material you need. Feel like making your own furniture? Go for it! We have many helpful instructions on building anything from a tiki hut to a palapa (insert internal linking here to instructions). Once this is done, you can furnish your backyard appropriately.

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  • How to Care for Bamboo Products

    While we primarily think of bamboo's uses outdoors, as in fencing and construction, oftentimes we forget that bamboo can just as easily transform the indoors into a tropical paradise as well.  However, as with anything else, bamboo products must be cared for and maintained.  Here are some simple tips to care for just about anything made of bamboo:

    **Note: The word "furniture" is used to denote any bamboo construction.  This can include bamboo rugsbamboo signs and tiki masks.**

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  • Quickly Create a Tropical Backyard Paradise

    Not only is bamboo an environmentally friendly building material and sustainable resource, but it can also be used to quickly, easily and economically decorate your yard into an endless tropical vacation. This can be done by adding fences, rugs, walls or even a festive “Aloha” sign. Whatever you may choose to do, Forever Bamboo has a plethora of ideas to transform your backyard into a tropical paradise.

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  • Bamboo Decor

     

    You’ve started researching a growing market. Bamboo transcends design style guidelines because it suits many decorating projects.
    Whether you are looking for an elegant theme, looking to match shades, or simply want to add texture to a room or design project, bamboo pieces have characteristics to suit a variety of choices.

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  • Bamboo Slats on The Ceiling!

    The ceiling is ironically one of the most overlooked pieces of the overall aesthetic of a room. The difference between a room that does not thoughtful ceiling decor and style and one that does is immediately striking. One material you can use to decorate your ceiling is bamboo slats. While bamboo slats are generally thought of as a wall or fence material, they actually are a wonderful and unique addition to a ceiling. Having bamboo slats on your ceiling will give your room a unique “hut” style.

    How to Install Bamboo Slats on the Ceiling

    The first step in installing bamboo slats on the ceiling is to measure the surface area. As the old adage goes, “measure twice, cut once.” When measuring the ceilings surface area, also keep in mind the direction you would like the slats to lay as this is an important factor in the next step, which is to calculate how many slats will be needed to cover the area.

    Once you know how many slats you need, mark the measurements you recorded on the slats for cutting. Using high regard for safety, carefully cut the bamboo slat to the size of your surface area. Don’t forget to account for any fixtures that might be on your ceiling. You’ll want to custom cut holes for any ceiling fans or lights that you may have along your surface area.

    After cutting the slats and customizing the necessary areas to account for ceiling fixtures, it’s time to adhere the slats to the ceiling. There are a variety of ways to do this - you can use nails, staples, or glue. Epoxy and finishing nails are a popular and sound option. To use this method, run a small bead of epoxy on the backside of the slat and place it against the ceiling. Once in place, drive a finishing nail in the center of the slat and one nail on each of the trailing ends of the slat, or every two feet. Continue the process for each slat. Keep in mind that the process will be easier if you’ve pre-cut the slats to fit the ceiling space exactly!

    Finishing

    To finish the installation and tie in the look of the room, you could add a custom stain to match the colors that already exist in the room if you weren’t planning on painting. Bamboo is naturally a neutral color, so you’ll find that it will be easy to stain the bamboo in a color that will complement what you already have. In addition, you can add bamboo molding to create a tasteful transition from the ceiling to the wall. Now, you can sit back and enjoy the incredible look of the ceiling that has completely transformed the look of your room!

    Need Help?

    If you have questions about installing bamboo slats on your ceiling, don't worry! You can contact our customer care team and they will be happy to assist you in the proper installation of bamboo slats for a completely transformative look!

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