Our Bamboo Beam Caramel is constructed from bamboo strips that are waterproof glued longitudinally. The layered construction ensures high stability and a unique appearance. Two sides have a "horizontally pressed" appearance and two sides have a "vertically pressed" appearance. These beams are made of Moso bamboo.
Bamboo Beams Caramel are ideal for indoor structural applications due to their high bending strength, tensile strength, rigidity and hardness.
WORKING WITH BAMBOO BEAMS
Unlike timber, Bamboo Beams Caramel are very regular in terms of dimensions and construction. In addition, they have high stability. Moreover, bamboo has no knots or flowing out resins, making them very easy to work with.
Our Bamboo Beams Caramel are also easy to work with. Sawing, milling, sanding and gluing are no problem at all. Always use sharp tools, as the material is hard.
MAINTENANCE AND CLEANINGThe color of untreated pressed bamboo changes under the influence of UV radiation. The caramel color can therefore become slightly lighter over time. We recommend the Bamboo Beam Caramel to treat with our Bamboo Topcoat. This is a specially developed bamboo lacquer that provides optimal protection against wear, stains and discoloration. The Bamboo Topcoat is water-based. It gives no color difference, but a beautiful silky shine. If you want to use furniture oil, apply it thinly. Bamboo has a dense surface and absorbs oil less quickly. Applying oil too thickly can lead to gloss differences and long drying times. Our Bamboo Bar Caramel is not intended for long exposure to water and moisture. If you do want to use our Bamboo Beam Caramel in a humid environment, such as a bathroom, we recommend treating it with our Bamboo Topcoat. Never let the Bamboo Beam Caramel come into direct contact with water. The lifespan of our Bamboo Balk Caramel is based on use in a non-humid environment.
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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.