Bamboo’s exotic allure makes you feel like you’ve been transported to another place, somewhere warm, decksunny and many miles away. This sustainable fencing material is uniquely charming, used primarily for privacy and ambience. Because of the narrow diameter of bamboo, it is typically fastened to an existing fence or attached to a frame of wood posts and boards to provide strength.
Bamboo, a fast-growing grass, has been used in Asian countries for a variety of purposes for centuries. In the US, bamboo fencing and skirting was popularized by use in Tiki bars, and it is now part of a growing interest in exotic building materials. Fencing is made from stalks of bamboo 1 to 2 inches in diameter that are held side by side with wire, often galvanized steel wire that allows the panels to be rolled up.
This fence guide will assist you in choosing the best material for your fencing project by giving you the details about bamboo fences including style and overall bamboo fence cost. On the Fence Guides website, you’ll find similar pages about many other fence styles including split rail, chain link, wrought iron and aluminum fence that make it easy to compare your favorite options head to head in the important areas.
Bamboo Fence Cost & Prices for Supply and Installation
Bamboo fence cost will range from quite affordable to fairly expensive based on the height of the panels and what type of bamboo it is constructed from.
Prices per linear foot are:
- Natural: $6-$20 DIY installation; $10-$24 installed
- Carbonized: $12-$18 DIY installation; $16-$22 installed
- Black: $10-$22 DIY installation; $14-$26 installed
Table 1: This table gives you details for a typical fence of 164 linear feet.
|Fence Type||Cost Of Materials||Installation Cost||Total Project Cost||Cost Per Linear Foot|
|Standard Bamboo Fence||$984-$1640||$328-$648||$1312-$2298||$8-$14.25|
|Mid-Range Bamboo Fence||$1476-$2460||$615-$820||$2091-$3280||$12.75-$20|
|Top-Quality Bamboo Fence||$2296-$3608||$768-$984||$3064-$4592||$18.75-$28|
|Note: Our pricing data are carefully calculated from industry averages as well as submissions from our own readers. This allows us to provide you with the best idea of the likely cost for your fence project. The above data is costed on an average of 164 linear foot.|
Considerations for Installation
If you have an existing fence in good condition, your bamboo fencing can be attached to it using galvanized tie wire or similar fasteners.
Where there is no fence, you’ll need to build a frame to attach your bamboo to. Pressure treated posts 4”x4” sunk into the ground 18 inches to 2 feet work well. Space them 4 to 8 feet apart, and set them in concrete for the strongest hold.
Boards 1” x 2” or 1” x 4” should be attached the posts. Fencing 4 feet high or less should have two horizontal boards, one at the top and one at the bottom. Fencing 6 feet high and higher should have three boards, bottom, middle and top. Wire or similar fasteners can then be used to attach the bamboo to the frame.
The cost of installation ranges from about $3 to $6 per linear foot depending on what you’re starting with. Attaching fencing to an existing fence such as a chain link or wood privacy fence is a fairly easy DIY job and a good place to save money on the project.
Building a frame requires more labor and experience, but doing the work yourself offers additional savings. To see how much you can save or to get the best prices on installation, get several written estimates for the work from fencing installers in your area.
Bamboo Fencing Style, Details and Usage
As noted, your fence choices include natural, black and carbonized bamboo to provide the look you desire. Each has a distinctive and varied appearance.
Bamboo fencing comes in rolls or panels. Height ranges from 3.5’ to 8’ while widths are typically 4’, 6’ or 8’. This type of fence works really well with a nice simple garden deck also.
Common Uses of this Fence Type
The appeal of bamboo is its appearance rather than its functionality, though it might be suitable for containing small pets. It is mostly installed in back or side yards to create a space for relaxing, entertaining and privacy.
Maintenance and Upkeep of Bamboo Fences
Once your bamboo fencing is installed, it should be cleaned using a specially formulated deck cleaner or a general cleaner such as Simple Green.
Spray on the cleaner, and allow it to soak for 10 minutes. Then, use a stiff nylon brush to scrub away dirt and debris. Rinse the fencing with a hose or power sprayer on light-medium power.
When the bamboo has dried completely, usually after 2-3 days without rain, it can be sealed. Use a sealer containing UV protection and fungicide. Apply a second coat after 3 days. The air temperature at time of application should be at least 50 degree Fahrenheit. Pick a time when rain isn’t in the forecast for several days. The fence should be sealed every 2-3 years, and it will weather and change colors slightly in the intervening years, a normal trait of bamboo.