Bamboo fencing is a popular alternative fencing material that provides a unique aesthetic to your yard similar to, yet distinctive from, traditional lumber. Because of bamboo's unique material qualities, bamboo fences have a specific set of advantages and drawbacks, and need to be maintained in a certain manner to ensure that they remain in good shape for as long as possible.
The first thing that you should do is walk around your fence to inspect for signs of rot and physical damage. Rot will manifest itself through dark discoloration on the fence boards or through a spongy surface that easily breaks apart under pressure. The part of the boards that are most at risk is the bottom, as it is closest to the ground and the most likely to absorb water that collects on the ground or in nearby vegetation. Rotting boards need to be replaced as soon as possible in order to prevent the rot from spreading. Physically damaged boards, which are usually caused by weather exposure and physical trauma from falling debris, need to be replaced quickly as well, as damaged boards can ruin the structural integrity of the fence and make further damage more likely, resulting in more costly repairs.
Just like regular wood, bamboo fencing boards need to be waterproofed fairly regularly in order to ensure that rot and warping does not occur. Though it depends on climate and wear, it's a good idea to seal your fence every year to keep it in good shape. Bamboo fencing can be protected through the use of wood finishes and sealants, available at most hardware stores. Clean the fence off with a pressure washer or with a brush to remove dirt and other materials which may interfere with the stain's adherence to the bamboo boards, and then apply the stain using either a paint brush or a paint roller.
Bamboo is a particularly brittle wood, and the edges of bamboo boards can be rough and uneven. This can lead to the splintering of individual boards which then have to be replaced. In order to prevent your bamboo fencing boards from slowly breaking apart, you should sand the top of each fence board down to a smooth surface using rough sandpaper. Be sure to waterproof the sanded edges of the fence boards after you're done to prevent water from seeping into the interior of the bamboo boards. Contact a business, such as Rut Fencing, for more information.