Bamboo decking is quite common across South and East Asia, primarily because of its utility and practicality. Indeed, the material is used in diverse practices, such as construction (scaffolding), food, furniture and other homeware items. If you are interested in redesigning your home, especially the outdoor space, here are several reasons why you should choose bamboo decking for the patio.
As a material, wicker cane is surprisingly strong. In terms of its strength to weight ratio, it is one of the best natural composite materials available. Its power to weight ratio is similar to timber (hardwood), meaning it can support heavier weights. In terms of tensile strength, wicker cane outmuscles steel, mainly because its fibers run axially. Indeed, this is why the material is often used in scaffolding and building platforms on construction sites, patio, flooring and residential homes.
Because the wood requires minimal treatment to be ready for use, bamboo decking is very cost-effective. The wood doesn’t require any treatments and once harvested, is prepared for use. It’s also effortless to install and handle, so you won’t have to worry about excessive installation fees. A healthy level of international supply also helps keep prices low.
Wicker cane also possesses some extensive resistance levels to fire and heat. If you live in fire-prone areas (where the summers can be hot and humid), then bamboo decking is probably the way to go for your outdoor patio area. The wood contains properties and oils that help it withstand high temperatures, meaning it doesn’t burn quickly. However, if the wood dries out completely, it can become quite explosive.
Because of their resistance to fire, bamboo decking is standard in places that are prone to other natural disasters, like flooding and earthquakes. If you live in an area that is continually affected by natural anomalies and aggressive climatic events, then you’ll want outdoor fixtures that are strong and capable against the elements.
While it is a hard timber-like material, wicker cane is also very flexible and elastic. This is yet another physical property that supports the use of bamboo decking in disaster-prone areas. It allows the timber to be pushed to its physical limits while maintaining its structure. The material is often used in tropical regions, where cyclones, hurricanes and intense storms are apparent.
While bamboo decking requires removing the wicker cane from its natural environment, it is a fast-growing natural composite. This means that deforestation efforts can be quickly replenished with effective agriculture methods. For example, wicker cane grass sprouts can grow to their full height within two months. As a result, this makes bamboo decking one of the most environmentally friendly options available for outdoor patio construction. The material also absorbs greenhouse gases, which is excellent for the environment.
Like all things, there are drawbacks with wicker cane as a material. While it is a solid material, its durability can be hampered if it isn’t treated or appropriately preserved. The material is prone to insect and fungal attacks, which can cause rapid deterioration. Another problem with wicker cane is that it can shrink when it loses water. Over time, the strands are leeched of all water and moisture, which causes the poles to shrink and lose their strength over time. Therefore, while it remains one of the best building options available, we strongly recommend preserving the timbers as best as you can. This way, you’ll get the most out of your patio for longer.
So, if you’re now convinced that wicker cane is the way to go for your new veranda or outdoor space, get in touch with a carpenter for the next few steps in the process.