Difference Between Reed & Bamboo Fence

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Difference Between Reed & Bamboo Fence
Bamboo is a very durable fencing option. (bamboo background image by Jakub Cejpek from Fotolia.com)

Reed fencing and bamboo fencing are similar in appearance but are made from different organic materials. Both fencing types are commonly used to camouflage chain link fences, to create privacy screens and as standalone fences.

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Bamboo Fence

Bamboo fencing is made from the bamboo plant. Technically, bamboo is a grass. It is stronger than wood and steel, and bamboo resists rot and termites, unlike many other fencing materials. Bamboo splits in time but retains its strength and appearance.

Difference Between Reed & Bamboo Fence
Bamboo fencing can last for decades. (lightweight outdoor wooden bamboo privacy fence panel image by Steve Johnson from Fotolia.com)

Reed Fence

Often called the cousin of bamboo, reed is similar to bamboo in appearance but is not made from the bamboo plant. Reed fencing is created by weaving natural reeds together with rustproof wire.

Difference Between Reed & Bamboo Fence
Reed fencing is an economic alternative to bamboo. (reed fence image by Gudellaphoto from Fotolia.com)


Reed fencing may look like bamboo fencing, but it does not have the same price tag. Reed fencing is generally less expensive than bamboo fencing, although that varies among retailers. Bamboo fencing has a thicker diameter and a wider opening area than reed fencing. It also may be taller--up to 10 feet compared to the standard 7 1/2 feet height of reed fencing.

Difference Between Reed & Bamboo Fence
A fence can be made of reed and bamboo. (竹垣 image by Reika from Fotolia.com)

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