Bamboo is not only a strong, durable material that looks great, it also grows a whole lot faster than your average tree, making it that much easier to replace once it has been harvested for building use.
If you are lucky enough to have a supply of bamboo, you can use this versatile building material in many ways, even as roofing. The giant form of bamboo can be found in damp places from India to China, and there are types native to Africa, Australia, and the southern United States. Split bamboo vertically to make roofing and guttering to collect rainwater. The split stems are laid alternatively to interlock with one another form efficient and waterproof pantiles.