Don’t let bamboo scaffolding bamboozle you, our latest blog has everything you need to know about this fascinating type of scaffolding. We’ve previously discussed the question, ‘what is bamboo scaffolding?’, but today we’re going to answer a multitude of questions relating to this plant-based scaffolding material.
Why is bamboo used for scaffolding?
The main reason why bamboo is used for scaffolding is that it is both lightweight and an abundant material. By this, we mean that it weighs significantly less than other commonly used scaffolding materials such as steel and aluminium. Another advantage to bamboo scaffolding is that it can be assembled and disassembled much more quickly than other types of scaffolding, such as steel or aluminium scaffolding.
Is bamboo scaffolding still used?
One of the last places to still use bamboo for scaffolding is in Hong Kong. In the concrete jungle that is Hong Kong, you will see a plethora of concrete and steel, but upon closer inspection, bamboo weaves its way through the urban landscape. Sometimes completely engulfing entire building structures.
In Hong Kong, bamboo is still widely used as a building material, and Chinese culture has a long history with the plant. Interestingly, bamboo is readily available there with over 500 species – which is 40% of all known bamboo species in the world!
In Chinese construction, they use two types of bamboo that are still for scaffolding: gaozhu (篙竹) and maozhu (毛竹). Gaozhu comes from a species of bamboo called, ‘Bambusa Pervariabilis’. Whereas, maozhu comes from the species called, ‘Phyllostachys Edulis’, and this is much thicker and longer. More commonly, gaozhu is used to build the foundation of bamboo scaffolding structures.
Is bamboo stronger than steel?
Despite its reputation, bamboo is incredibly strong. Compared to steel, bamboo has great tensile strength; this means the resistance to being pulled apart. And, bamboo can withstand compression better than concrete. Also, bamboo has great strength in its ability to bend.
Why don’t we use bamboo for scaffolding?
Bamboo has many different uses; it can be used to make fabrics, flooring, food and many more applications. However, in western countries such as the UK and the US, it has traditionally not been used. Typically, people stick to ‘tried and tested’ methods, which is why it is not as popular to use in western countries, as opposed to others across the world.
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