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  • Artificial Thatch and The Tropical Look

    Bringing some tropical flavor to your back yard can easily be done with some imagination and artificial thatch. For example, your gazebo is transformed into an island tiki hut just by installing thatch on the roof. Quality artificial thatch looks authentic and an artificial thatch roof will withstand the elements so it won't mold or rot away, even if you live in an area that has a variety of seasons and sees drastic temperature fluctuations. Plus, man-made thatch resists pests, too, so your tropical hut will look terrifically authentic for years.

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  • Bamboo Edging and Borders Enhance a Backyard

    Bamboo EdgingThe landscape around your home is perhaps just as important as the house itself. You can never go wrong with adding bamboo to your yard to help give it a more welcoming feeling, and a better look. Bamboo edging and borders for landscaping is becoming more and more popular. It is a strong yet lightweight material making it easy to put wherever your yard needs it the most. The edging and borders come in several sizes and can be easily cut to fit any size you might need. There is also a large variety of shades to choose from, making it easy to add to your landscape. Bamboo can be added on gardens, pathways, or really anywhere you think your landscape could use it. It can be used both in a home setting, or a professional setting, bamboo looks great everywhere.

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  • Bamboo Poles - Stronger Than You Think

    Bamboo has long been proven to be a reliable building material. It’s been used as an alternative to wood for thousands of years and it has the durability to last many, many years and withstand the elements - but just how strong is bamboo?

    How Strong is Bamboo?

    Bamboo can easily be underestimated because of the fact that at first impression it is not as impressive in size as a tree and wouldn’t seem to be as strong as steel. Additionally, you probably wouldn’t believe that bamboo could stack up against concrete or would be comparable to a material like the futuristic and strong carbon fiber. However, bamboo has some impressive qualities that allow it to keep up with and even exceed the traits of these popular building materials.

    Bamboo is a very light building material, yet it is three times stronger than timber. When compared with steel, bamboo has a greater tensile strength, meaning it can withstand more tension or stretching pressure before breaking. When facing off against one of the hardest materials in the world, concrete, bamboo withstands compression better.

    If all of that wasn’t enough, bamboo accomplishes all of this while being far more flexible and malleable than any of the other materials we just mentioned and maintains the same strength as carbon fiber, but at a fraction of the cost! Bamboo is an amazing resource that offers incredible strength and durability benefits while being one of the most renewable building materials on the planet. Bamboo grows over eight times faster than trees and is most certainly easier to harvest than it is to creating steel or concrete.

    The Amazing Benefits of Bamboo

    Bamboo has proven itself to be a very strong and reliable building material throughout history, and the science supports this claim. Whenever bamboo faces off against other staples in the building material industry, bamboo consistently competes with and outperforms their strength and flexibility traits.

    When thinking about the projects around your own home, there is simply no other material on earth that can offer the immense strength and durability of bamboo at the same price. Furthermore, no resource that can boast the same reliability is nearly as renewable and eco-friendly as bamboo. Bamboo is one of Earth’s greatest resources and is a wonderful alternative to many of the building materials that most of us would think couldn’t be replaced!

    Take Advantage of the Strength of Bamboo

    For your next DIY project, take advantage of the amazing benefits of bamboo and experience the cost-effective strength, durability, and eco-friendliness that you won’t find in any other material. Forever Bamboo can provide you with great prices on a wide variety of high-quality bamboo materials you need to complete your project, and even provide support for installation questions. Contact us today to get started!

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  • 5 Easy Ways To Decorate With Bamboo Poles

    Bamboo is a versatile material that can be used for a variety of applications other than commercial building. Many home remodeling television shows and interior designers are choosing bamboo as the go-to decorative piece when achieving a minimalist look.

    Bamboo poles are a great material to use for all your outdoor or indoor projects. Simply beautiful, they are versatile and perfect for many functions. Bamboo is also very eco-friendly and durable! Their durability also means that you'll be using the bamboo poles for a long time and don't need to replace it as often.

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  • Forever Bamboo Donates Tiki Dog Hut to San Diego Humane Society

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  • The Bamboo Whisperer

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  • Mexican Rain Capes: A History

    Mexican palm leaves have been used for centuries by different cultures around the world. At Forever Bamboo, we sell Mexican thatch as coverings for tiki bars, gazebos, and palapas. Five thousand years ago, palm leaves were used as clothing to protect against various weather conditions. The natural fibers in palm leaves act as a waterproof material that is ideal for constructing rain capes.

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  • Bamboo Paneling Installation Instructions

    Bamboo paneling is both eco-friendly and attractive, perfect for home or business use. You can use bamboo paneling to cover walls, ceilings, cabinets, bar fronts, and more. Bamboo Paneling is relatively easy to install on just about any surface; let’s take a look at how to install bamboo paneling in your home!

    Surface Area

    Be sure to consider the surface where the bamboo installation will occur. You’ll want to make sure that it is smooth to avoid awkward bumps in the paneling. Surface areas that are prone to excessive moisture exposure are also not recommended for bamboo paneling, which is a general rule for any wall covering material. Before you begin installation, it is best to clean the surface to ensure that the paneling will be installed under the best condition and will have the maximum lifespan.

    Size the Panels

    Our bamboo paneling comes in a convenient carpet roll style that can be cut horizontally or vertically. In order to decide how much and where to cut, you’ll obviously want to measure the surface area you want to cover and write the measurements down so you won’t forget. Once you have your measurements, you can begin cutting the panels to size. 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.

    Install the Panels

    Bamboo paneling can be installed using nails, staples, or glue. If using nails, 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 the paneling firmly on the surface area you wish to cover and apply nails slowly.
    If you decide to use staples to apply the paneling, you will need an industrial staple gun with stainless steel staples. Hold the measured and cut bamboo paneling in place and staple every six to eight inches from top to bottom. For additional reinforcement, you can staple the paneling on all edges.

    When using glue for installation, be sure to use contact cement to coat the mesh backing thoroughly. Allow the adhesive to set for 10 to 15 minutes, and then apply to the surface you’ve chosen. Press all areas of the paneling firmly to ensure effective contact with the wall’s surfaces. You can reinforce the paneling with staples or nails, just keep in mind that holes must be pre-drilled for nails prior to gluing the paneling to the wall. Allow 24 hours for drying time and periodically check to make sure the paneling stays in place.

    Finishing the Installation

    To complete paneling, apply a coat of our Total Wood Protectant. The varnish will enhance the look of paneling and protect the color if used outdoors. All that’s left to do after you’ve applied the oil is to sit back and admire the new look of your space!

    Need Help?

    If you need some guidance while installing your bamboo paneling, don't worry! We have customer service representatives on standby ready to help you - just give us a call at 877-912-2244 or contact us online to get the answers you need!

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  • How to Re-Thatch a Mexican Palm Thatch Palapa

    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. Continue reading

  • 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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