High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

How To Cover Your Porch Ceiling With Bamboo


If you enjoy spending time on your porch, you might look up one day and notice that the ceiling needs some remodeling. While you have many choices in materials to use for this area, bamboo is an excellent covering for a porch ceiling because it is suitable for outdoor spaces and easy to install. This guide walks you through each step so you can upgrade your outdoor space in just an afternoon.

Step 1: Measure the Ceiling and Choose Your Bamboo

Measure both the length and width of the porch ceiling. Choose the shade of bamboo you would like for your space. Look for rolls of bamboo panels in the garden section of your local home improvement store.

Step 2: Gather the Remaining Needed Supplies

In addition to the bamboo panels, you will need:

  • a ladder
  • a staple gun and appropriately sized staples
  • a hacksaw
  • a long-handled paint roller
  • a paint tray
  • weatherproofing sealant or wood stain
  • wire cutters
  • a small paint brush

Step 3: Grab a Friend and Hang the Bamboo

You will need an assistant for this project since the bamboo panels are long. Your friend can help you make sure the panels straight as you are hanging them.

Unroll the bamboo and ask your friend to help pull it tight. Cut the panels to size with the hacksaw using the measurements you took before you made your purchase.

Set up the ladder at one corner of the porch and climb up it holding one end of the bamboo. Your assistant can guide the panel to you as you move along the length and width of the ceiling. As you hang the bamboo, be sure to staple over the wire holding each bamboo pole in place, so the staples blend in.

Pull the panel taut as you go and make sure there are staples in each end of the panels, on the wires, to prevent drooping.

Step 4: Apply the Stain or Weatherproofing Sealant

Even though bamboo is naturally weatherproof, it's always a good idea to add a little more protection from the elements. Pour your stain or weatherproofing sealant into the paint tray and then use your long-handled paint roller to apply the stain or sealant to the bamboo. Use a paintbrush to dab the stain into the space between the bamboo poles to protect that area as well.

This project can be completed in an afternoon and will add natural beauty to your porch. Ask a remodeling contractor like 3 R's Construction Management LLC for help if you run into any issues with this project.


25 June 2015