Spring has finally sprung which means it’s time to start thinking about taking life outdoors once again. Is your deck ready for summer? Do you even have a deck? If you’re considering replacing your old decking or building from scratch, you may be asking yourself if there is another option besides hardwood. Well, there is a fantastic alternate option and it’s made from bamboo.
Bamboo is a much more environmentally friendly building material than hardwood. As you probably know, many of the Earth’s forests have been destroyed by harvesting wood, which is one reason hardwood has become increasingly expensive over the past 10 years. Bamboo is responsibly harvested and the grass can regenerate itself in as little as 3-5 years. Compare that to hardwood trees which can take up to 50 years to regenerate and you can see why bamboo is the more eco-friendly decking material.
Many people choose the look of exotic hardwoods like cherry and teak for their decking, but these woods can costs as much as $10 per square foot. That can really add up. Compare that to bamboo, which generally costs between $3 and $5, and you can see how the savings can really add up.
As Tough and Durable as Hardwood Decking
So you already know bamboo is the more eco-friendly choice, as well as wallet-friendly choice, but you’re probably wondering how durable bamboo is. After all we’re talking decking, something that will live outdoors and have to stand up to pets and kids running around on it, not to mention the elements like sun, rain and snow.
Bamboo is incredibly durable and actually harder than maple and red oak, which is pretty darn hard. It can stand up to dings and scratches with the best of them, and, if maintained properly, you can expect your bamboo deck to last for up to 20 years.
Moisture and Rot Resistant
Speaking of standing up to the elements…
Because bamboo is actually a grass and not a wood, it resists moisture and rot very well. Exactly what you should be looking for in a decking material. This means a floor with less gapping and cupping and, well, rotting.