Should you use Bamboo for a fence?
We've talked quite a bit on here about various fencing materials from wood to vinyl to metal but there's one option we've overlooked thus far....bamboo. Now just to be clear what we're talking about here is bamboo fencing...not planting live bamboo. Live bamboo can make an effective barrier fence, but it's a bit of an invasive species and can take over easily so we'll just be focusing on cut bamboo as a fencing option.
At first glance, bamboo can seem flimsy but bamboo reed fencing is actually quite durable and the wood is naturally resistant to termites. With proper care, it can last as long as 20 years.
It usually comes in rolls and the cost averages around $10.00 a square foot. Bamboo is twice as strong as Cedar and up to three times as strong as regular timber. Cleaning can be fairly easy as well using a spray-on solution and a pressure washer.
There are all sorts of options when deciding how you want your bamboo fence to look. The stalks can be tied up and used as lattice, it can be used for half walls, layered to add strength and texture, or even stained for a more modern look.
Bamboo is an inexpensive, readily available, and lightweight choice when durability and longevity are needed, but not necessarily strength for mounting purposes.