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Bamboo fencing is well known for being an attractive and environmentally friendly option. It is particularly ideal for construction and fencing as bamboo is significantly stronger than timber and most wood varieties. There are several advantages and disadvantages associated with bamboo fences.

The Costs

  • Minimum Cost of Bamboo Fencing per Linear Foot: $3.00
  • Maximum Cost of Bamboo Fencing per Linear Foot: $5.00

The cost of bamboo fencing depends upon the features that will be included with the fence structure. For example, more expensive bamboo fencing may incorporate features including a better quality fence board and decorative fence details. In addition, some bamboo fencing might include a higher grade post and frame lumber that is extra durable.

Advantages of Bamboo Fencing

Bamboo fences are extremely durable and long lasting, requiring only a minimal amount of maintenance. They can also be used in multiple climates as the bamboo is resistant to snow, rain, excessive heat and ultraviolet rays. They have excellent environmental benefits as bamboo reduces pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide and other toxic gases. Wooden fences, however, contribute to the cutting down of trees for lumber. While trees can only be cut down and used once, bamboo can be used repeatedly as the grass grows back in bamboo forests after the bamboo has been harvested. They create an exotic and natural aesthetic appearance to a home. In addition, the natural finish of bamboo can be stained in various colors and it takes on a beautiful silvery shine when it ages. The construction of a bamboo fence can be completed in multiple ways, with the most popular method comprising bamboo poles that are strung together with twine. In warm weather conditions, the fences can even be constructed as a live and growing fence.

Disadvantages of Bamboo Fencing

Bamboo fencing has a price disadvantage as it is rather expensive when compared to other fencing choices. It is more expensive than wood fencing and costs quite a bit more than both metal and vinyl fence systems. In addition, bamboo is not readily available in every climate condition so it may require a special order. Therefore, the transport cost may drive up the cost of bamboo even higher.

Live bamboo fences must be pruned and cut regularly to keep them under control. Since bamboo grows extremely quickly, it requires a significant amount of care to keep the fence attractive and orderly. The positive side of this is that proper care of a bamboo fence will allow it to last many years in excellent condition.

If bamboo is not adequately protected against moisture, it can be susceptible to rot. Therefore, it is extremely important to apply sealant and waterproof coating to the bamboo prior to the fence installation. Also, bamboo must be safeguarded against direct contact with the ground as it has a tendency to split and crack following continuous exposure to environmental elements. Note that this does not apply if the fence is a live bamboo fence. If bamboo becomes stained, the finish and color on the bamboo can fade away. Therefore, a bamboo fence should be sealed on a regular basis (once a year is ideal).

There are many different styles of bamboo fence, available in a variety of different sizes, colors and stains. Smaller bamboo fences are an excellent option for a decorative style fence, while taller bamboo fences are perfect for privacy and security. Bamboo fencing is available in panels or rolls, with the panels normally available in sizes that are either six or eight foot wide. The length of bamboo rolls normally vary by the manufacturer. If the bamboo fencing installation will go over the top of an existing chain link fence, the rolls have the advantage of being easier to work with than panels. However, for completely new split bamboo fence construction (without first installing a chain link fence), the panels are much less expensive and require less work than rolls. Fortunately, each type of bamboo fencing is nearly identical as far as maintenance and durability.

Cost of Rolls for Bamboo Fencing

Bamboo rolls are usually available as prefabricated rolls, resulting in inexpensive shipping rates and easy installation. They are also available in enough shapes and sizes to suit any fencing project. An 8-foot segment of bamboo that's 3/4" thick ranges from $38 (3 feet high) to $90 (8 feet high); 1" thick ranges from $43 (3 feet high) to $105 (8 feet high); and 2" thick ranges from $133 (6 feet high) to $175 (8 feet high). In addition, Mahogany bamboo 1" thick, ranges from $49 (3 feet high) to $135 (8 feet high) and Black bamboo 1" thick ranges from $70 (3 feet high) to $175 (8 feet high)

Cost of Panels for Bamboo Fencing

The following are some samples of bamboo panels from bamboofencer.com, each which cost $75 per panel (every panel segment referenced is 4 feet high and 8 feet long, with slats 1/8" thick and 5/8" wide): Raw Paneling that presents the natural beauty of bamboo; Finished Natural Paneling that presents simple and clean tones with a fine, smooth finish; Horizontal Carbonized Paneling with hand finished milled bamboo slats; Raw Carbonized Paneling that is rich and natural color and treated with a carbonization process around the nodes; Tortoise Paneling with earthy textures of a tortoise shell; and Natural Burnt Paneling that is treated with a natural burning process to create patterns of charred wood around the stalk's nodes.

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Last updated on May 5, 2016

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