Bamboo Deck & Broken Concrete Terraces
When we aren't using our local recycled broken concrete, or FSC certified lumber, La Loma is committed to finding quality sustainable building materials for our projects. We recently completed a backyard renovation including a bamboo deck and broken concrete terraces with inset stairs. The backyard had an old deck that was falling apart, with a steep hillside and no easy access to the top. We were excited to build the deck out of a beautiful compressed bamboo we had found in our extensive materials research. Bamboo, which is a grass, is incredibly strong, and has a compression strength rating that exceeds many mixtures of concrete, is 16% harder than Maple and 33% harder than oak. It is considered one of the fastest renewable resources in the world, and a pole of bamboo can regenerate it's full mass in six months. It grows quickly without the use of pesticides or herbicides, depending on the species bamboo can continuously be re-harvested every three to five years, without causing damage to the surrounding environment and plant system. Bamboo can also be grown in areas damaged by overgrazing or poor agricultural processes, and feeds topsoil with its dense leaf litter. The extensive root system stays intact, preventing erosion and continuously sending up new shoots. Being the faster growing plant on earth, bamboo produces a yield 25 times higher than that of timber, absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees. Here's more info on why we think bamboo is such a great resource for building.