Natural or artificial bamboo fences

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In recent years, Japanese gardens and elements in the Japanese style, have become increasingly well-known and popular, for the designing of the outdoor areas of modern or traditional houses. More and more people want to create a feel-good space at home in which they can feel the atmosphere of Japan’s four seasonal features.

Traditional Japanese houses are characterised by the harmonious design of house and garden. Residential buildings were also always built in such a way that the view of the garden could be enjoyed from the veranda, or – in a small house – also from inside the house. In the past, buildings were therefore usually designed so that the atmosphere of the outside could also be felt inside.

If you would also like to create a far eastern atmosphere around your house, we recommend that you furnish the outdoor area, especially in the garden and front yard, with Japanese-style elements. Among them, “bamboo” fences are the perfect choice to add Japanese flair to the outdoor area.

There are not only fences like those often seen in public Japanese gardens and also restaurants, but a wide variety of colours and designs that can be found around traditional and modern Japanese-style houses. This means that a suitable fence can almost always be combined with all architectural styles.

In this article, we will introduce you to the different types of bamboo fences and show you some examples of which types are suitable for different applications around the house.

Bamboo as a material for fences

Bamboo has been used as a material for fences for centuries. It is robust and easy to work with and is a familiar material in Japanese gardens. In the past, fences were assembled as a simple string of bamboo poles, but over time the variety of colours, patterns and designs has expanded significantly.

In more recent times, bamboo fences have been used more and more as privacy screens and property boundaries between neighbouring houses. In addition, the use of artificial bamboo fences has become popular in recent years, as they are less susceptible to damage and weather influences and can be maintained with very little effort.


Differences between natural and artificial bamboo fences

With the wide range of designs and patterns, a rough distinction is first made between fences made of natural material, which are elaborately crafted with traditional designs by master craftsmen, and artificial bamboo fences made of synthetic resin, which can be assembled easily and quickly. Fences made of natural bamboo have a special, typically tasteful texture and radiate their very own elegant atmosphere.

The resin of the artificial bamboo fence, on the other hand, is very resistant to rain, sun, heat and cold, so that the colours, detailed textures and stability of the fence remain intact for a long time. This also makes it easy to clean and suitable for outdoor use in all weather conditions.

Advantages and disadvantages of natural bamboo fences

Advantages

  • The natural bamboo fence gives a vivid feeling of warmth, tradition and craftsmanship to the touch.
  • You can perceive the scent of the bamboo wood and feel the fine textures and enjoy the atmosphere of the natural colours.

Disadvantages

  • Natural bamboo fences require regular care and maintenance, otherwise the material will weather relatively quickly and cracks and rot can occur with unsightly discolouration in the wood.

Benefits and downsides of an artificial bamboo fence

Advantages

  • Long durability and little or no maintenance, due to the resistant material to rain, wind and UV light.
  • Many of the designs are so detailed and realistic that they can hardly be distinguished from natural bamboo, making them additionally suitable for numerous applications. ・ A wide range of colours and design variants allows a high degree of flexibility in construction.

Disadvantages

  • The prices are higher than for natural bamboo fences.
  • The gradual ageing process with the change in colour and thus the look and feel of natural bamboo, cannot be replicated. Instead, there is a choice of shades and finishes to suit different ages of the material.

Each material has its advantages and characteristics, but for private properties we recommend a low-maintenance fence made of artificial bamboo.


Artificial reinforced bamboo fence “EVER BAMBOO”, a perfect replica of natural bamboo.

EVER BAMBOO fences are one of the most recommended artificial reinforced bamboo fences with real texture and detailed natural look.

Because it is modelled after the fences and traditional techniques of Kyoto craftsmen, EVER BAMBOO has the delicate expression and unique texture like natural bamboo, right down to the grain and three-dimensional contours of the bamboo cut knots. In this way, the natural model is faithfully reproduced with great attention to detail and care.

EVER BAMBOO fences are available in a variety of traditional patterns and designs, as well as in cross-sections of different thicknesses and numerous colour shades. This allows them to be suitably integrated into any garden and outdoor area.

Some of the products come with a 10-year guarantee against significant discolouration or cracking in panels and bamboo poles or trunks, so you can use them without hesitation for the design of your garden and the exterior of your home.

EVER BAMBOO has been used in public, commercial and bath houses all over Japan for over 35 years! Especially in bathrooms you will find a high humidity environment where a lot of hot water is used, make the use of a resistant material necessary. The product properties and durability of EVER BAMBOO therefore make it the ideal product to furnish outdoor bathing areas.

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Application examples for artificial bamboo fences

In the following, we would like to show you some examples of the use of EVER BAMBOO fences and elements.

In general, there is a distinction between natural and artificial bamboo fences in terms of material; in terms of application, these are then subdivided into lattice fences and privacy fences. Further subcategories are divided accordingly according to the type of use and purpose or location of the fence.

Lattice fences

Bamboo lattice fences are built with more or less spacing between bamboo tubes, depending on the design, so that you can see through them. There are four main types of these fences: Yotsume fence, Kinkakuji fence, Ryoanji fence and Koetsuji fence.

As the name suggests, these fences are not used for security, but for dividing space or as low boundary fences. At the same time, they lend a special atmosphere to the surroundings.

Here is an overview of the four types:

Yotsume fence

The Yotsume fence is considered to be the origin of the lattice fence made of bamboo, which has been popular for centuries.

It is an essential part of a tea garden and is often used as a partition around an entrance gate or path. It can also be used as an enclosure for a front gate and, in combination with plants, creates a simple but impressive backdrop.

Kinkakuji fence

A Kinkakuji fence is often used as a demarcation between paths and beds or as a garden decoration.

The name comes from the bamboo fence of the Kinkakuji temple, which is believed to have been the original model.

By dividing the paths and garden area with Kinkakuji fences, one can create the feeling of being in a park.

Ryoanji fence

The Ryoanji fence is a bamboo lattice fence made of diagonally crossed, split bamboo.

This type of fence is also often used for edging paths and flower beds. As the name suggests, it is modelled on the fences of the Ryoanji temple.

In this example, it is used to separate the entrance area from the front garden. It is short and translucent so that it is not intrusive and blends naturally with the garden planting.

Koetsuji fence

The construction of a Koetsuji fence draws a gentle pattern with elegant lines and shapes into the garden landscape.

The openwork structure adds a sense of liveliness to the silhouette and naturally divides the space. It is the perfect element for an authentic Japanese garden.


Privacy screens

Bamboo privacy screens have no gaps between the individual poles and therefore have an excellent privacy effect and are often used as fencing for properties, houses and gardens.

There are many different types of bamboo privacy fences, such as the Kenninji fence, the Misugaki fence, the Otsugaki fence and the Shimizu fence.

Kenninji fence

The Kenninji fence is one of the most typical bamboo fences. It was first used in the Kenninji temple in Kyoto, hence its name.

The special feature of the Kenninji fence is that the split bamboo canes are connected to each other without gaps, so that they provide good protection from prying eyes and can be used as a fence or decoration in a wide variety of applications.

The fence in the photo is both a backdrop and a privacy screen for the landscaped garden. The colour scheme of the bamboo fence is based on the calming shade of old bamboo, which blends harmoniously into the garden.

The use of bamboo fencing in a simple Japanese-style garden adds a sense of balance to the space.

Musigaki fence

The black bamboo of the Misugaki fence harmonises particularly well with the modern Japanese architecture of the building. The name “Misugaki” is derived from its visual resemblance to a large bamboo wall screen.

The fence made of narrow bamboo sticks stacked on top of each other creates an elegant atmosphere that contributes equally to the ambience of traditional and modern Japanese-style houses and gardens.

Otsugaki fence

In the Otsugaki fence, thin bamboo poles are woven together in a specific pattern. In the process, one part of the sticks is woven alternately to the front and one part to the back around cross-bracing.

The origin of the name is derived from the combination of front and back, which is modelled on the geographical location of the two cities of Otsu in Shiga Prefecture and Kyoto, Otsu forming the back of Kyoto and Kyoto conversely the front of Otsu, thus giving the pattern of the fence its name.

Viewed from a certain angle, there are enough gaps between the two sides of the fence to allow light and air to pass through, thus ensuring that the height and depth of the fence do not appear obtrusive.

As a result, this type of fence has an elegant design that does not interfere with the atmosphere of the planting, and the texture of sooty bamboo is a particularly stylish colour variation of bamboo to create a privacy screen.

Shimizu fence

The Shimizu fence is mostly used for fencing shrines and is a beautiful bamboo fence with an elegant and discreet expression. The construction consists of fine bamboo poles arranged vertically one after the other.

This type of bamboo fence is the ideal solution for enclosing a garden, screening it from the street while leaving enough space for ventilation and daylight. The soot bamboo colour gives the area a simple and elegant look on the inside.

Combining Japanese-style outdoor areas with a bamboo fence, a beautiful garden and appropriate planting is an easy way to create an ambience with a special Japanese atmosphere.

So how about adding authentic Japanese accents to your garden while enjoying the benefits of an artificial bamboo fence made of EVER BAMBOO material?

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