Why You Should Use Bamboo & How To Maintain It

Considering upgrading the aesthetic feel of your backyard? Why not consider installing a bamboo fence? It can work well as a stand-alone feature, or complement other products in your outdoor entertainment area.
There are numerous benefits to using bamboo in your backyard:

  • Cost effective: bamboo may look fancy, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it’s often a cheaper option than regular fencing and is longer lasting than other materials such as cedar.
  • Durable: bamboo is extremely durable and therefore is good quality for money. With the right maintenance, you will find your bamboo won’t become damaged and will maintain it’s natural colour. You’ll find bamboo has good longevity and won’t need to be replaced.
  • Strength: bamboo can withstand extreme weather conditions, and has far superior strength than cedar or timber fences.  
  • Termite resistant: worried about your bamboo becoming infested with termites? Fortunately, bamboo is resistant to termites, so you won’t have to worry about your bamboo ending up damaged.   

Maintaining your bamboo fence

Fortunately, bamboo fences don’t require much maintenance. However, it is good to take active steps to keep your bamboo fence in the best possible condition to achieve longevity.

1. Check fencing

The first thing you need to do is check the condition of your bamboo fence. Check if there is any damage or anything out of the ordinary. The most important section is the base, as this area is the most likely to experience damage. It’s important to make sure the fencing hasn’t dropped and is still a few inches away from the ground.  

2. Seal the fence

To maintain the condition of your bamboo fence, you’re going to need to apply a seal. Aarons recommends using Bamboo Protector & Rejuvenator. This seal replaces all natural oils which are lost over time through weathering. It also helps to retain the natural colour of the bamboo, making your fence look as good as new.  
Before you start to seal the bamboo fence, make sure you clean the fence to remove any dirt, dust or oil. You can wash your bamboo by using a pressure washer or scrubbing. It’s important to wait until the fence is dry to start sealing. First, brush a thin coat onto the surface of the fence. Leave this initial coat for 24 hours. Next, you need to see if your bamboo will need a second coat. Test a section of the bamboo and see if it absorbs a second coat. If it does, your whole fence will need a second coat.

3. Maintain the fence

You want to make sure your bamboo fence doesn’t end up with splinters and splits. To do this, you’ll need to sand your fence. You’ll also want to check the condition of any metal fasteners. If they are damaged or rusted, it may be worth replacing them.   
If you’re considering installing a bamboo fence in your backyard, Aarons Outdoor Living can help. We sell bamboo in four different heights and with balustrading. With so many options, there’s sure to be a height that’s perfect for your backyard.  

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