GRADING THE GREEN-NESS OF NEW decking

If you’re interested in getting a green, eco-friendly deck, you’re spoiled for choices, although some of the choices are more eco-friendly than the others. Here are the choices we’ve been touted as eco-friendly and green for any number of reasons.

VINYL

The nice thing about vinyl decking is that it doesn’t need harsh cleaners, which make it a benefit to people with allergies or sensitivity to chemicals often found in cleaners. It’s durable and long-lasting, so it doesn’t need to be treated or replaced very often. But it frequently uses different PVC for materials, which have its own environmental issues. In terms of environmental friendliness, we give it a C+.WPC Composite Patio Decking.

CARPET TILES

Some carpets tiles, especially ones from overseas, frequently contain harsh chemicals that can cause serious problems for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Requires special machines and chemicals for deep cleaning, and uses electricity for cleaning. When it gets too dirty, it needs to be replaced. And shipping from overseas uses up all sorts of fuel, which is the antithesis of green. We give carpeting a C.

STANDARD composite decking

Yes, composite decking use wood, and the initial reaction is to be against anything that cuts down trees. However, the best green decking come from FSC-certified forests, which mean the trees are grown specifically to be harvested, they’re harvested responsibly, and the company’s practice sustainable forestry. Green decking also use eco-friendly finishes that contain no VOCs, solvents, or formaldehyde agents. Composite gets an B+, or an A- if you get FSC-certified wood with an eco-friendly finish.

ENGINEERED composite decking

We’re giving engineered composite decking an A, because they solve waste disposal problems. Engineered composite decking look just like regular composite decking, but they use pieces of wood left over from other wood-using projects. It’s not that regular composite decking are bad. It’s just that engineered decking solve an additional problem while still giving people a good-looking deck. As an added bonus, standard and engineered composite doesn’t require harsh cleaners, and are cleaned with just a broom and dustpan, or a dust mop.Outdoor Decking Board.

CORK decking

Another A+. Not only do they use the bark from cork oak trees — which grows back in 9 years, and trees live as long as 200 years — but cork decking is made from the leftovers of wine and champagne corks. So not only are the raw materials completely sustainable and renewable, but they’re refusing what would ordinarily have to be land filled or burned, which takes it up that one extra notch.

BAMBOO decking

Bamboo is a grass that takes 5 years to grow back to full maturity. Strand woven bamboo decking, which are stronger and tougher than regular bamboo decking, use the leftover materials from the traditional bamboo decking. In strand woven decking, thin strips and leftovers from solid bamboo processing are woven and fused together to form the top layer of the engineered bamboo. Strand bamboo is the hardest wood product out there and can take a lot of abuse and action. Bamboo gets the A+ for both the sustainability but the reusing of castoff material. We’re giving bamboo decking, especially strand woven, an A+.Composite Balcony Decking.

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