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Building with Bamboo
Whether you’re after a breezy island vibe or looking for a sleek and modern aquarium design, Cali Bamboo offers sustainable building materials all made from bamboo.
With a history as old as building itself, bamboo has some amazing physical properties that make for an ideal fish tank construction material. While bamboo is technically a grass, it can be easily cut into strips and manufactured into all kinds of useful things such as plywood, flooring, paneling, and most recently composite decking.
Easily clocked as the fastest growing plant on earth, some species of bamboo have been measured to grow over 4 feet in 24 hours! All this growth means that instead of cutting down a tree that has taken 30 to 50 years to grow, you can harvest the same amount of material in a fraction of the time. A pole of bamboo can be harvested and regenerate to its full mass in just six months!
Green is great, but what about strength? Thanks to its unique composition, bamboo is naturally designed for strength. Unlike wood, bamboo has no rays or knots, allowing it to withstand more stress throughout the length of each stalk. In structural engineering tests, bamboo has been shown to have a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel, a higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete, and a higher strength-to-weight ratio than graphite. But what does this mean in the real world? For example, Cali’s Bamboo Flooring has been dubbed the “World’s Hardest Floor” with a Janka Hardness Score of over 5000+ lbs. This makes for one durable floor that holds up great to high traffic, pets of all sizes and the ultimate hardwood killer, stiletto heels.
Ok, it’s eco-friendly and durable as heck, but what about looks? The photos speak for themselves, if you can dream it, you can build it with Cali Bamboo.