Diminishing wood resource and restrictions imposed on felling in natural forests, particularly in the tropics, have focused world attention on the need to identify a substitute building material that should be renewable, environment friendly and widely available.
In view of its rapid growth, a ready adaptability to most climatic conditions and properties, superior to most juvenile fast growing wood, bamboo emerges as a very suitable alternative. Thanks to its composition, bamboo is extremely durable. It has no rays or knots, unlike wood, so it can withstand more stress and it’s also better suited to glueing than hardwood.
There are all kinds of external uses for bamboo. From structural frames to corner posts, joists, tie beams, rafters, roofing and exterior walls. It is susceptible to deterioration from insects, rot and funghi, but properly treated bamboo is long-lasting. Proper storage and treatment with kerosene or varnish can significantly extend the life of bamboo.
New techniques, technology and methods of distribution in coming years are bound to increase bamboo use in the construction industry.
We’ve also had customers use bamboo for piling for example. Piling is a technique that sets deep foundations for buildings, and such use shows the strength and versatility of this fantastic product.
IMAGE: www.plasticpiling.co.uk – MultiLock combined with the innovative hex design and bamboo tubes.