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What are the Pros and Cons of a Bamboo Gazebo?

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A bamboo gazebo can be an aesthetic and practical choice for a garden landscape, providing an ideal area in which to relax in as well as a convenient place for storing gardening equipment. While gazebos can be built from different materials, bamboo construction gazebos are perhaps the more environmentally sustainable ones. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass, usually cultivated without chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and it can be harvested within two or three years of planting without impacting the environment in an unfavorable way.

Bamboo is also known for its strength, flexibility and durability. A great deal of this, of course, depends on where the bamboo was grown, when it was harvested and how it was treated, but some bamboo species are strong enough to be comparable to some hardwoods. A gazebo made from bamboo can be expected to last for quite a long while and will require only minimal maintenance.

Another advantage to bamboo gazebos is that they come in a wide range of designs and sizes. The gazebos include open-sided, partially enclosed and fully enclosed stypes, and can come in round, square, rectangular, hexagonal or octagonal shapes. If a fixed place gazebo is not required, it is possible to get a portable bamboo gazebo that can be shifted about as wanted.

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It will help to check local building regulations before building a bamboo gazebo. The bamboo construction may be undertaken by hiring a professional builder, or the homeowners may undertake the work themselves, building from scratch or by using a bamboo gazebo kit. Some people prefer to build a basic wooden framework and then line the wood gazebo with the bamboo material.

It is important to choose the site with care when building a permanent bamboo gazebo. The structure should be able to withstand the weather elements in that area. The bamboo used will need to be processed or treated in a particular way to make them strong. It will also need to be treated with a termite-resistant preservative to protect them from termites as bamboo is quite vulnerable to these and other wood-boring insects.

The bamboo construction can be adversely affected if the bamboo used is poorly-treated or of inferior quality. In such cases, there is a possibility of the bamboo cracking, warping or denting, and the only way of repairing this damage is by replacing with new bamboo. To avoid this additional expense at a later date, it will help at the start to learn about the different bamboo species and the different types of gazebos, and to know enough about a bamboo gazebo construction to be able to ask the supplier all pertinent questions.

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