Bamboo isn’t typically the first choice in decking material, but why shouldn’t it be? It’s an environmentally friendly substrate that’s both beautiful and durable—two key things to look for in a decking surface. If beauty, durability, and a non-traditional look appeal to you, then MOSO Bamboo X-treme decking might be something to consider.
Early attempts to manufacture bamboo decking failed miserably—especially in the Pacific Northwest. Strips of bamboo were laminated together to form a board, but the boards didn’t stand up well to moisture and were a great food source for insects. The manufacturers knew they had to address this challenge, so they solved the issue by cooking the sugars out of the wood and replacing the sugars with phenolic resin—the same resin used to make bowling balls. (And we all know how strong a bowling ball is.) MOSO Bamboo X-treme is comprised of 90 percent bamboo and 10 percent resin, making for an extremely durable deck board.
Traditionally, decks are built using hardwood—especially exotic hardwoods sourced from South America. Unlike most hardwoods (which must grow for 50 years or more before they can be harvested), bamboo is a fast-growing grass that can be harvested every five years. Because of this rapid renewability, bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable building products available.
MOSO Bamboo X-treme specializes in bamboo outdoor products that are designed to be more suitable for exterior use while retaining the eco-friendly qualities of bamboo. All bamboo must be carbonized (or heat-treated) before it can be used outside, but when bamboo is heat-treated, it gets very brittle. MOSO Bamboo X-treme’s patented process eliminates this issue by applying a second heating stage. During this stage, lignum—a natural binder found in the bamboo fiber—is melted and reset, returning the bamboo to its natural rigidity. That added strength gives MOSO Bamboo X-treme boards a Janka hardness of 3,820, making it a stronger and more durable board than most hardwood materials.
In addition to being sustainable, MOSO Bamboo X-treme decking has many features that outperform traditional decking materials. All MOSO Bamboo X-treme outdoor products feature an all-natural exterior material with natural coloring and a tongue-and-groove end-matching system for easy installation. They’re also offered in uniform 6’ boards. And because of its tremendous strength, the end-matched joints aren’t required to land on a deck joist. This flexibility speeds up the installation process and allows for up to 30 percent savings on installation costs. And the maintenance is easy, too—you can choose to maintain the rich brown color of MOSO Bamboo X-treme by recoating every 12-18 months, or allow it to weather naturally to an attractive gray.
Whether you’re putting together a brand new deck or rebuilding an existing one, bamboo is a choice worth considering. If you have any questions about MOSO Bamboo X-treme decking, you can visit their website or stop by one of our decking showrooms to speak with a Dunn Lumber specialist.