Why You Should Use Bamboo When Building Your Home
For many years, bamboo has been the choice of those living in Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific to build their homes. Bamboo is a strong material that easily bends in the wind without breaking and has a high resistance to termites. Bamboo is also one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Within a 24 hour period, bamboo can start growing 24 new shoots and up to 98 inches tall. Recently, bamboo has become a popular building material in the west because of its look and strength; there are many benefits to building with bamboo.
- Bamboo is a strong building material.
- Bamboo doesn’t contain knots like other woods.
- Because of its physical characteristics, bamboo is excellent for construction, flooring, furniture, and is easy to recycle or be used as bamboo charcoal.
- Building with bamboo offers homeowners a superior earthquake-resistant home.
- Bamboo doesn’t break when bent like other woods.
- Bamboo is lightweight, easy to transport, easy to handle and store.
- There’s no need to paint bamboo because of its smooth surface and color.
- You can use bamboo for water pipes, furniture, drainage, flooring, and wall paneling.
- Each stalk of bamboo is high in silica which makes it hard for termites to digest.
- Bamboo can be stronger and more durable than concrete and some metals.
- The flexible nature of bamboo can withstand hurricanes and earthquakes with a 9.0 magnitude.
- Bamboo poles can measure up to 98 feet tall in certain varieties in only 6 months.
- Bamboo meets our need for lumber and Eco friendly living.
- Bamboo is more cost-efficient for building your home.
- The fibers in the wall of bamboo allow it to be cut crosswise, lengthwise and to any length desired using a machete.
- Bamboo is easily shaped according to any building requirements.
- After cutting bamboo, you can bend the piece to your desired shape. Once dried, the shape will remain.
- Bamboo can withstand hurricane winds up to 170 mph.
- You can easily smoke bamboo in its own resin to protect it from insects.
To learn more about bamboo and why you should use it to build your home please read:
- Wikipedia Bamboo
- An environmental, economic and practical assessment of bamboo as a building material for supporting structures
- Bamboo Construction
- First Full Bamboo School in Philippines Stands Up to Tough Storm winds
Watch this video about building with bamboo.
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