Bamboo Laths Black are made from the Indonesian bamboo species Java Back and have a beautiful black, brown colour. These 4 cm wide slats are available in various lengths and are supplied untreated. These slats are perfect for cladding walls and ceilings, as they are beautifully flat at the back, weigh less and take up less space than full bamboo poles.
WORKING WITH BAMBOO
Bamboo laths can be glued with waterproof wood glue or screwed. When using screws, we recommend always pre-drilling to minimise the risk of cracks.
Cutting bamboo is best done with a Japanese saw. This special bamboo saw has small sharp teeth that allow you to cut easily, quickly and precisely.
Each bamboo slath is unique. Colour differences and variations in thickness are normal for this natural product.
MAINTENANCE AND CLEANINGAfter installing the Bamboo Lat Black, you can apply our Bamboo Protector. A specially developed colorless/transparent stain that protects the bamboo from tarnish and discoloration. With outdoor use bamboo will gray and discolor, just like any natural material. We therefore recommend to treat bamboo annually, preferably in spring, with our Bamboo Renovator Dark, a specially developed stain that protects the bamboo and restores the color. Bamboo Renovator Dark is easy to apply to cleaned bamboo using a brush. Use thin layers and spread the Bamboo Renovator Dark well. To clean bamboo you can use our Bamboo Cleaner. Possibly in stubborn dirt / deposits bamboo can also be sprayed off with a high pressure cleaner. But at an appropriate distance to avoid damage.
LOOKING FOR A SHINY RESULTAn alternative maintenance product is also available. That is Bamboo Booster. Bamboo Booster is a natural oil that can be easily applied with a cloth. With this oil you get a nice shiny result. The oil protects and nourishes the bamboo, but does not slow down the process of discoloration.
Bamboo Booster can be applied several times a year for optimal results. The oil can only not be combined with our Bamboo Protector and Bamboo Renovator Dark stain.
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Bamboo & Environment
The use of bamboo greatly reduces the greenhouse effect and climate change. Bamboo absorbs greenhouse gases and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent species of hardwood. This is due to its high growth rate and photosynthesis. Climate change has been an issue for several years, which is why bamboo could be included as a certified hardwood. Bamboo is also suitable for biomass production because it gives the second highest biomass on earth.
Bamboo & Cracks
A natural characteristic of bamboo is that cracks may appear vertically, this cannot be prevented. These are caused by differences in climate and humidity.
If you treat the bamboo poles with an oil or lacquer, the number of cracks will be less than if you do not apply a protective layer. But unfortunately this cannot be prevented 100%. The cracks can expand and shrink depending on the climate.
Protect the forest: build with bamboo
Every year more than 13 million hectares of forest are cut down.That's 1140 soccer fields every hour. Of course forests are planted, but the annual net loss of forest is over 7 million hectares, which is more than twice the area of Belgium. If those forests were not cut down, up to a quarter less CO2 would be released into the air.