How to Choose Eco-Friendly Decking


| 4/18/2016 1:14:00 PM


Tags: home improvement, green products, decks, porches, Jennifer Tuohy, South Carolina,

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Building a deck is a wonderful way to enjoy your outdoor space. If you are covering a water-thirsty grass lawn with a deck, you are already a step ahead in the green game. However, to keep up that eco-momentum, make sure to choose an environmentally friendly material when building your new deck.

According to energy-efficient experts Direct Energy, “Building with sustainable materials helps the earth because you’re not wasting resources. It also helps your budget because you can reduce long-term maintenance costs. By working with sustainable materials when building, you’re lowering the chance that your family and the earth are exposed to toxic products.”

As with many green choices, the “right” one is not always clear-cut. The most eco-friendly option for you will depend on a lot of factors, including your location, the climate you live in and your budget.

6 Environmental Considerations for Decking

When choosing the best green option for you, keep in mind the following factors. If you can achieve at least four out of the six, you can feel pretty good about your new deck:

1. Local. The further your decking material has to be shipped, the greater the cost to the environment. In many cases, locally produced materials will outweigh most negatives.
2. Manufactured Cleanly.
Choose a material made without the use of any toxic chemicals and that doesn't create any toxic by-products.
3. Sustainable Future.
Make sure the material is harvested responsibly and is not a finite resource.
4. Green Maintenance
. Check that you can maintain the material without the use of toxic chemicals.
5. Longevity.
Pick a material that will last as long as possible. Longevity is a key part of being green. The longer a product lasts, the less impact it has on the environment, no matter how much material or chemical was used in its initial manufacture.
6. Recyclable.
Choose a material that can be easily recycled and/or is made from recycled or reclaimed products.

dgt178
5/20/2016 10:16:04 AM

"Some hardwoods, such as redwood and cedar,...." since when are redwood and cedar hardwoods? they're softwoods.





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