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How to Install a Bamboo Fence

How to Install Bamboo Fence

Are you hoping for a way to personalize your yard with aesthetic or useful boundaries that provide a practical architectural use while also conveying a refreshing style? If you're thinking about putting in a fence for your space, you probably have at least one idea of how it can better the grounds of your commercial property or residence, but fence installation will provide you with numerous benefits around your exterior, especially when it comes to building a bamboo fence.

From bamboo basics to step-by-step instructions on installation, we'll tell you everything you need to know about how to install a bamboo fence.

Fence Creates Visual Interest

How Can a Fence Contribute to Your Property?

Whether you own a commercial or residential property, installing a fence in your yard offers you a multitude of features to improve your space. Here are a few benefits a fence can provide:

  • Aesthetics: Fences certainly provide practical uses, but they also add an important element of aesthetic appeal. The type of fence you choose will determine the visual interest of your entire exterior, and its appearance can help contribute to a specific aesthetic — like a tropical theme. Plus, a fence can help make your property more attractive by differentiating it from the possibly unattractive elements of other properties or areas around it, blocking them from your view and ensuring your exterior looks fresh and well-kept in comparison.
  • Some privacy: Fences aren't necessarily designed to block out the world around your property — especially if you choose a natural material like bamboo — but they can provide you with a little more privacy than a completely open yard, giving your exterior space the slightly more personal, enclosed element you desire.
  • Safety: Adding a fence provides you with the necessary and comforting safety of ensuring people and pets won't wander off the property or encounter any dangerous elements — like traffic or natural hazards — as a result of doing so. In addition, you can rest assured wild animals and pests won't be able to enter your environment and interfere with the plants in your yard or pose a threat to your customers or guests.
  • Security & Boundaries: If you have any issues concerning property lines when it comes to your neighbors — or you find yourself with accidental trespassers because outsiders aren't aware where your space begins and ends — a fence will give you a literal boundary to alert others where they should respect your property lines.

What Kind of Fence Should You Choose?

So you know you want a natural, attractive fence for your home or commercial space, but what kind should you choose, and how should you install it? When you're looking for flexible, affordable and attractive options for enhancing and protecting the exterior of your residence or commercial space, remember that installing a bamboo fence is an ideal way to mark your property's boundaries, keep animals in or out, provide some privacy, discourage trespassing and add an all-natural, tropical design element to your landscape.

Not sure how to build a bamboo fence on your own? No worries. From helping you gather the appropriate materials before beginning to guiding you through tips and tricks during installation, Forever Bamboo is here to help you through your bamboo fence installation — every step of the way.

Getting Started

Before you begin installing your bamboo fencing, you should know a little about the background, benefits and details of the material you're working with to create your ideal fence.

From natural fencing to black and burnt bamboo fencing, bamboo fences come in a variety of styles and finishes. Not only are they natural, attractive and perfect for adding to a tropical exterior decor theme, but they are also durable, weather-resistant and affordable.

Variety of Sizes and Finishes

The most common fence option is constructed of one-inch diameter bamboo poles or 3/4-inch diameter bamboo canes. The sections of bamboo are positioned vertically, side by side and held together with heavy-duty galvanized wire.

Other popular options include split half round bamboo (made of 1/2 thick slats tied together with wire) and reed fencing.

Split half round bamboo fences can last up to 10 years. Many bamboo fences constructed of bamboo poles or canes have a lifespan of up to 20 years, depending on climate and conditions.

Bamboo fencing can be purchased as rolled bamboo fence panels. Our rolled bamboo fence panels are generally eight feet long, but they will vary by manufacturer. Fence heights also vary — ours are typically three, four, six or eight feet high.

Benefits of Choosing Bamboo Fencing

Bamboo fences are valuable choices because of their sleek, modern appearance, a variety of material options and unique versatility. As a material used for various building and fencing applications for thousands of years, bamboo offers even more benefits today when you choose it to enclose your exterior. Here are the ideal attributes that you gain access to from installing a bamboo fence.

Eco-friendliness

If you're concerned with sustainability and making sure the materials you use don't damage the environment through their processes or the products used for production, bamboo is the perfect choice for your fencing needs. In comparison to most other fencing and building materials — which either use artificial ingredients, require harsh chemicals or damage the environment through their extraction and production — bamboo is grown and harvested in a completely natural, organic manner without chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides.

Bamboo is Grown Organically

In addition, bamboo is entirely renewable because the material can be harvested without killing the plant, which will regrow at a rate of up to 24 inches daily. Installing a bamboo fence also prevents soil erosion and minimizes your carbon footprint. Just think — bamboo contributes to the work of trees by adding 35 percent more oxygen into the atmosphere.

Convenience

As a fence material, bamboo is moderately easy to install, work with and customize to your needs and vision depending on the difficulty of your project. Forever Bamboo makes it even easier to install bamboo fencing by selling our material in convenient paneling rolls designed for workability in your personalized plan.

Durability

Unlike wood fences that will wear, mold and break down over time, becoming even more susceptible to damage, bamboo is incredibly strong and hardy. Not only is bamboo water-resistant, but it's also sturdier than many other natural fence materials.

Did you know that bamboo has a greater strength-to-weight ratio and tensile strength than steel? Combined with its resistance to wear and tear, bamboo's remarkable strength and resistance make it a highly desirable fence material. Forever Bamboo's sealant finish will help protect and preserve your bamboo fence even more.

Bamboo Sealant

Atmosphere

Bamboo fencing sports a look that is light, natural, attractive and agreeable, enhancing your exterior's aesthetic while providing an organic element of moderate privacy. And unlike other fence materials, bamboo won't close off your yard to space and light or create an isolated environment. Instead, it incorporates itself naturally into the landscape and adds an earthy, tropical flair to your setting.

Value

Its potential to be easily grown and renewed naturally and availability for shipping make bamboo one of the most affordable fencing products on the market today. Plus, bamboo's propensity for longevity makes it incredibly cost-effective, meaning you barely break into your budget to equip your exterior with a practical, attractive addition and a unique, tropical theme!

What Can Bamboo Do for You?

Now that you know a more about why bamboo makes such a fantastic fencing material, we'll tell you all the different ways you can use it to enhance your exterior and add a tropical element to your residential or commercial location. Bamboo is incredibly versatile, and Forever Bamboo's variety of products ensures you have a multitude of options for installing the bamboo structures of your visions.

Bamboo Installation Options

Whether you're building a fence to encompass your entire property, sectioning off a certain area or adding a creative element to another structure, there's almost no limit to the ways bamboo can spruce up your space. Here are some typical and unique usage ideas for bamboo fence inspiration:

  • Cover the works: If your exterior contains any elements that are necessary to the functioning of your commercial or residential area but not very appealing to have in plain sight — like air conditioning and heating units, trash receptacle and dumpster areas, pool and maintenance equipment or electrical boxes — bamboo fencing is a simple and attractive way to cover them up. Instead of sharing your property exterior with unsightly elements, you'll be decorating it with the light, natural look of a bamboo fence addition.
  • Enhance presentations: If you're hosting a business event, conference, showing or party on your property, bamboo fencing can add aesthetic appeal, natural decor and an enhanced element of organization to your exterior, boosting your image and bettering your presentation with tropical allure.
  • Add to existing structures: Bamboo is the perfect material to update already existing structures and modernize the look of your exterior while making it both more natural and more durable. It's moderately easy to attach bamboo to materials like wooden fences, chain link fences, concrete, cement blocks, gates, wood walls and drywall. You won't even have to remove your other structures to replace them with a fresh bamboo alternative, and you're sure to love your new look.
  • Create new structures: The best way to implement bamboo in your exterior is to use it in your creation of new structures. Whether you're building a cordoned-off area for a pet kennel or play area, encompassing your entire yard or enclosing and adding to an area like a Tiki bar or tree house, installing our bamboo fencing will transform your property for the better.

Transform Your Property

What You'll Need

Before you begin your bamboo fence installation, you'll need to equip yourself with the right materials and make sure you have the proper tools for the process. Ready to start on your inspired bamboo project? Here are a few tools you may want to have on hand:

  • Spade or shovel
  • Hammer
  • Three-inch wood screws or nails
  • 2.5-inch wood screws
  • Tape measurer
  • Four-by-four-inch wooden fence posts
  • Scrap lumber
  • Concrete ready-mix
  • Bucket
  • Level
  • Trowel
  • Eight-inch long two-by-four-inch lumber
  • Drill
  • Power screwdriver
  • Working gloves
  • Bamboo fence panels

All of these tools may not be necessary depending on what works most easily for you! Ultimately, where you are installing the fence - over chainlink, a brick wall or a different setting - will determine what tools are needed for the job.

While you're gathering your tools and materials, it's important to consider what kind of bamboo you envision for your fence so that you can choose the option that suits you best. Before picking your rolled bamboo fence panels, think about your space. Measure the area in which you intend to install your fencing, thinking about the height you're hoping to make your fence and taking into account the clearance gap between the ground and panels. Here at Forever Bamboo, we offer various bamboo materials in multiple colors and configurations. Choose from our:

  • Natural bamboo fencing in earthy shades, blended beiges, yellows and tans with varying heights and dimensions to fit your needs, including 3/4 to one-inch poles and three-by-eight-feet, four-by-eight-feet, six-by-eight-feet and eight-by-eight-feet panels.
  • Organic, earthy, natural black bamboo fencing in beautiful, cocoa-brown shades free of stains or dyes and perfect for both contemporary and rustic styles. Choose from our 3/4-inch or 1-inch diameter poles in three, four, six and eight-feet fence heights.
  • Natural burnt bamboo fencing in color blends of beiges, yellows and tans burnt at the nodes for an additional aesthetic element. With a one-inch diameter, these panels come in three-by-eight feet, four-by-eight feet, six-by-eight feet and eight-by-eight feet for your specific project convenience.

Burnt Bamboo Fencing

Steps for Building a Bamboo Fence

With all your materials together, it's time to start building. Here's how to install bamboo fencing:

Determine your setting. Where you are putting your bamboo fencing makes all the difference in how it will be installed. Determine which type of setting you're using to install your bamboo fencing from the following:

  • Brick or stone wall
  • Existing wooden fencing
  • Chainlink fencing
  • Freestanding

After you've determined your setting, follow the correct set of directions for your needs:

Installing Bamboo Fencing on a Brick or Stone Wall

 

  1. Attach your two-by-four wall mounts. Begin by attaching two two-by-four pieces of wood to your stone wall using masonry screws. This wood will be used as a mount to which you will attach your bamboo fencing. Use your drill and the masonry screws to attach your two-by-fours to the existing wall towards the top and the bottom of the fence. You'll want to attach these two-by-fours to the wall along the entire length where the fencing will be attached.
  2. Unroll your bamboo fencing. After your two-by-fours are attached, roll out your bamboo fencing and stand it up along the wall where it will be attached. Be sure to place the fencing right side up. The ends are covered on one side of the fencing to make sure no water or other debris gets inside of the fencing.
  3. Pre-drill your holes in the bamboo fencing. Once your bamboo fencing is unrolled, you'll want to drill a hole in the fencing about every 12 inches on both the top and bottom two-by-four mounts. Pre-drilling these holes will prevent any cracking and breaking of your fencing. Spacing these holes out every 12 inches will ensure there's enough stability to keep your fencing sturdily in place.
  4. Drill in your mounting screws. It's now time to take the final step installing your bamboo fence. Use the pre-drilled holes to attach your mounting screws to the wooden mounts. Using regular exterior deck screws will work just fine for attaching your fencing. You can also choose a more decorative or colored screw for this step depending on your aesthetic preference. What's most important about this step is ensuring your screws are long enough to pass through the bamboo fencing and securely into your wooden mount. Be sure to make a note of the diameter of your bamboo fencing so you can make sure your screws are long enough to hold your fence securely in place.

And that's it - your bamboo fencing is installed safely and securely!

Installing Bamboo Fencing on an Existing Wooden Fence

Adding a bamboo fence to a wooden fence is even easier! Because the wood from the existing fence serves as a mount for your fencing, you won't need to attach any two-by-four mounts.

To complete installation of your bamboo fencing on an existing wooden fence, simply follow steps 2 through 4 above, under "Installing Bamboo Fencing on a Brick or Stone Wall."

Installing Bamboo Fencing on an Existing Chainlink Fence

If you thought installing bamboo fencing on a wooden fence sounded easy, you'll love the ease of installing on an existing chainlink fence!

All you need to complete this process is zip ties and a tool to trim off the excess zip tie once attached. Once you have your materials, follow the steps below:

  1. Roll out your bamboo fencing. To get started, unroll your bamboo fencing and stand it up against the chainlink fence. Be sure to place your fencing with the covered sides facing up so no water or debris can get inside of your fence.
  2. Attach your bamboo fence to the chainlink using zip ties. It's as simple as looping your zip tie around the fencing and around the chainlink and tightening the zip tie to secure.
    • Pro tip to make your zip ties even more subtle: Rather than attaching the zip ties to the fence poles, attach them to the wire that connects the poles together. You can see these wires by looking closely at the spaces between the fence poles. These wires are found at a variety of heights within your fencing. Choose the height that works best for your chainlink fence and simply attach the wire to the chainlink by looping the zip ties around and tightening.
  3. Trim the excess from your zip ties. Once the zip ties are attached, you'll simply need to cut off the excess for a secure, yet subtle look.

Congratulations! You've just installed your bamboo fencing to an existing chainlink fence!

Installing a Freestanding Bamboo Fence

Installing your freestanding bamboo fencing will be a bit more involved than the above methods, but our convenient bamboo fencing rolls make the process as simple as possible.

  1. Construct your fencing frame. The most important step in this process will be creating the frame for your fence. How you construct your fence frame will depend on local building codes, the size of your bamboo fence and your desired look and feel. The goal of the frame is to provide a mount for your bamboo fencing roll that can securely stand up on its own. Often times this will consist of a two-by-four structure that provides vertical and horizontal stability for your fence roll. Before constructing your fence frame, be sure to review your local codes for building structures to ensure your frame is safe and in line with the requirements.
  2. Pre-drill holes in your bamboo fencing. Once your frame is constructed, you'll be ready to attach the fencing. Pre-drilling holes in the fencing will prevent breaking or cracking when the final mounting screws are attached to hold your fence in place. These pre-drilled holes should be about every 12 inches to ensure your bamboo fence roll is stable.
  3. Attach your fencing to the frame using mounting screws. Use your preferred type of deck screws to attach the fence to your fence frame via the pre-drilled holes.

And voilà - you have a freestanding bamboo fence!

Tips For Installing Your Bamboo Fence

While you're working on your bamboo fence installation, it's important to keep a few things in mind:

  • If you already have a chain link fence on your property, you don't need to tear it down to make room for your new bamboo fence installation. Just attach the bamboo on top. Installing a roll of bamboo fence over an existing chain link fence might be easier than using panels.
  • If you are attaching your bamboo fence to chainlink, a subtle aesthetic touch can be added by attaching your fence with zip ties using the wire connecting the fence poles together, rather than looping the zip ties around the bamboo fence poles.
  • When installing a bamboo fence, always leave a small space of clearance under the fence to prevent contact with moisture in the ground, which can cause the bamboo to decompose and rot. To cut rolls to a specific length, use sharp wire cutters to cut the wires holding the bamboo fence together.
  • It always helps to have an assistant with you while you install your bamboo fence. Two pairs of hands and eyes will ensure your fence posts and bamboo panels are level and uniform while making tasks like drilling much more doable.

Tips for Installing a Bamboo Fence

Install a Beautiful Bamboo Fence with Forever Bamboo

Whether you're looking to spruce up your yard with a fresh, organic addition or enhance the exterior of your business and set boundaries with a fence of the best quality, bamboo fencing is an exotic, eco-friendly, cost-effective and durable option for adding a practical exterior structure with a tropical touch.

With a wide selection of specially sourced, sustainable bamboo fencing in a variety of colors, types and configurations, Forever Bamboo is your best source for top-quality fencing material at an affordable price. Based in San Diego, we take pride in providing our extensive inventory to customers everywhere. Wondering where to start with your bamboo selection? You can contact our friendly, enthusiastic staff Monday through Friday with any questions about our fantastic fencing products. We'll help you get your project off to the perfect start! Request a quote or explore our extensive selection of bamboo fencing products today.

We're always happy to assist you with the process of installing your bamboo fencing. Contact us online or by phone at 877-912-2244 to talk with one of our experience bamboo fencing specialists today!

One thought on “How to Install a Bamboo Fence”

  • Superior Fences

    Great Blog about having economical and environmental way of installing fences. The idea of using bamboo as an alternative material from conventional fencing material is very innovative. Bamboo as a fence material is very sustainable in the long run making this kind of approach financially wise.

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