Bamboo has come a long way over the years. Before we learned of proper natural Borate solution treatment methods, much of the stigma about bamboo was that it was a doormat to evasive bugs and termites. What we know from time tested trials, is that Borax mixed solutions can keep bugs from ever going near bamboo. Borate salts kill the mechanism within termites and bugs to be able to digest the bamboo, so they stay away from it. The treatment solution actually pushes out all the sugary starches that attract other bugs to this hardwood. Once treated, Bamboo can last as long or longer than conventional hardwoods.
Prices for properly treated Bamboo are dropping!
Our Bamboo is already priced competitively with conventional materials. As the supply of well treated bamboo goes up, the prices will come down. Treated Bamboo can last as long as 30 to 40 years as long as you maintain these 3 rules when building with bamboo:
- Always keep Bamboo off of the ground
- Double the overhang of the roof to provide more shade protection from the sun’s UV rays.
- Keep it dry, which is done with the same method of long overhangs for your roofing.
M.A.E. Bamboo has a treatment of UV protection that we apply to our treated materials meant for external use. If heavy sun on your property, we recommend a regular treatment of linseed oil. This treatment coats and protects the bamboo from UV rays.
Treated Bamboo works for an abundant economy.
Conventional hardwoods last about as long as it takes to grow them, sometimes less than that. If you have immature Teak, with no heartwood, it will last 20 years and take 25-30 years to grow. Bamboo grows to maturity in 3-5 years depending on the species of Bamboo. You can grow your own house in Bamboo 6-10 times over the life of the first treated Bamboo you build with. This is a way we can effect an abundant economy because no longer are we are in a race with time, supply, and resources. We can exponentially increase the supply of timber while still utilizing the initial stock.
This regenerative lumber also is captures and stores carbon. We can reverse the effects of carbon emissions by storing the carbon inside the bamboo. When we can produce more Bamboo within the lifetime of the original Bamboo used to build your house, we are in effect pulling carbon from the sky and preventing it from effecting negative climate change.