durability of bamboo products

how long does bamboo last outdoors?

  • fences and screens - around 8-12 years.
  • it can be much higher depending on sun exposure
  • uv is the damaging factor - it makes the bamboo go brittle
  • bamboo doesn't rot as long as it is not in contact with soil
  • treatment after sun exposure helps considerably lengthen lifespan

can i keep it green?

no, all bamboo will go the sandy colour of dry bamboo. there is no way of keeping it green.
furniture and other interior elements will be made with properly dried bamboo, outdoor products will usually be made with freshly cut green bamboo.

bamboo poles

  • bamboo might well crack when used in the round
  • some varieties crack more than others
  • usually this won't affect the structural integrity
  • for critical joints bambusero binds the bamboo with a strong lashing or whipping
  • never put bamboo in contact with the ground or it will rot

can i paint bamboo?

yes but it's only worth it if you remove the protective surface layer by sanding or scraping, which is very labour intensive. if you don't, the paint or varnish will not penetrate and will flake off. alternatively you can wait until it is weathered and then clean and apply your coating. more info on the link below.

what about furniture?

all bambusero furniture is indoor, so it will last forever if not given a hard time. it will probably crack and change colour, but this will not compromise it's structural integrity.
cracking is more of a problem in dry centrally heated houses, or where it is subject to wide temperature differences.

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new green fence
new green fence

after 3 months
after 3 months

after 3 years
after 3 years

after treatment of 3 year old fence
after treatment of 3 year old fence

over 15 years old and still going strong
over 15 years old and still going strong

this one is over 25 years old. still solid as it has no sun on it
this one is over 25 years old. still solid as it has no sun on it