Bamboo materials are great fencing materials because they are durable and naturally resistant to the elements. They come in different lengths and heights, suitable for any fencing requirement. But, bamboo fencing rolls needed to be checked thoroughly before setting up.
In this article, we take a look at 7 quality checks you should do when fencing with bamboo. These quality checks will help you to avoid any disappointments after setting up.
Two common ways to set up a bamboo fence
There are two common ways to set up a bamboo fence, either attach them to an existing fence or build a standalone fence.
Regardless of which option, ideal bamboo fencing panels rolls and splits should
- cover the designated area;
- be easy to cut to fit perfectly;
- have strong structural support;
- be treated to protect against wind and weather; and
- be well packaged and delivered to the customer.
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Bamboo fence 7 DIY checks
These are valuable DIY checks you should do before building a bamboo fence. (So, what are the 7 checks?)
1) Dimensions of the bamboo fence
Find out both the width and the height of the bamboo screening product. Some retailers either only state the width or the height of the bamboo panel.
Make sure that your know both the width and the height prior to buying the bamboo screen that can fit perfectly.
2) How is the bamboo delivered to you?
The bamboo fencing materials often gather dust and absorb moisture during storage. Moulds and rust can form very quickly when the bamboo screening supplies are stored longer in cool dark places.
So always ensure that the products are delivered to you well packed and free of dust and moisture. Alternatively, pay a visit to your nearest DIY shop and check out the materials before purchasing.
3) Is the bamboo fence treated?
The untreated bamboo fence panels will blacken when expose to the weather. In addition, the uncoated wires will also rust in time.
The best thing to do is to ensure that the bamboo screening panels are treated, and panel wires are coated to protect the bamboo rolls.
If treated well, these items can last up to 10 years, even longer. In fact, it is up to the shops to ensure that the brand-new bamboo screens are treated. But a clever customer should always ask about the quality of the bamboo screens before buying them.
4) Read the fencing instructions thoroughly
The bamboo fences are easy to put up but can be tricky to start with. You do not want to put it up and realise later that the fence is not standing up properly.
Read the instruction carefully before setting the bamboo screening panel.
5) Build 6ft/2m bamboo fencing to withstand the wind
Many bamboo fences are lightweight. They will collapse in strong winds if they are not set up correctly or in a windy site.
To avoid that, set up the bamboo screens using strong posts.
6) Protect against weather and elements
Tall bamboo fencing, especially those built out of bamboo rolls, panels and spits, are susceptible to damp and wet conditions. The bamboo panels will eventually turn black or the wire rust when exposed to the elements.
If this happens, repaint the fence with wood paints or bamboo stain.
7) Use stable lost posts as a support system
Bamboo rolls, panels and splits will require a firm support system. For a new standalone privacy screen, use treated (round) log posts to provide support and additional strength.
An updated version of this post is available here (How to use bamboo panels to build fence screening)
How to build a strong bamboo fencing
The bamboo fences and rolls are beautiful products. You can attach easily to existing fences, or use them as standalone fences with a few 2 x 1 round posts at intervals.
The bamboo fences range from 1 metre to 4 metres in length with variable heights. The 2 m (6ft) bamboo fencing rolls are ideal for tall fences. You may have to cut to fit sections of the fence. Cut carefully so that you do not destroy the wire loop.
In addition, painted the bamboo rolls with bamboo stains or fence paints. As mentioned earlier, the bamboo screen can last up to 10 years, even more.
Many gardeners and homeowners prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres bamboo screening panels/rolls to the taller ones. This is because they are well-spaced apart and provide great fence covers.
Brief notes about building a bamboo fencing
In closure, ensure that the bamboo fencing materials are in good condition, well treated and can provide the privacy screening you want. Always, do the checks prior to buying the fencing materials online or check in-store.
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