What Type Of Decking To Buy
Environment,  General,  Home interiors and gardening

Which type of decking is the most environmentally friendly?

We’re all striving to make choices that will be kinder for the planet, but one area that’s often neglected is the garden. Our outdoor spaces are supposed to be green and natural, but as with everything, there are some garden features that are more eco-friendly than others.

Today we take a look at the three most common decking options, plastic, wood and composite, to determine which type is the best option for your environmentally friendly garden. When it comes to decking choices check out birminghamdecking.co.uk for a fine selection.

Real-Wood Decking

Traditional wooden decking has been used in gardens up and down the UK for as long as we can remember. It’s got a charming natural finish and creates a homely, cosy feel wherever it’s installed.

It’s easy to see why consumers might think that wooden decking is the most environmentally friendly option when compared to plastic or composite (both of which contain synthetic materials), but unfortunately, thousands of trees need to be cut down each year to keep up with the real-wood decking demand. Once the trees have been felled, they have to be transported across the globe for consumption, further contributing to wooden decking’s carbon footprint.

While tree felling and deforestation is a major problem, the environmental impact of wood decking doesn’t stop there. Stains and sealants need to be applied to real-wood decking on an annual basis to keep it looking its best. This releases potentially dangerous toxic chemicals into the air year in, year out. With that in mind, wooden decking might not be the eco-friendly option you’d hoped for.

Plastic Decking

Created using entirely synthetic materials, plastic decking is highly regarded as the most environmentally damaging decking option on the market.

PVC (polyvinyl chloride), is the most common material used in the creation of plastic decking and is made almost entirely from fossil fuels. While PVC is being manufactured, carcinogenic fumes are released into the atmosphere contributing to destruction of our ozone layer, so before you’ve even installed your plastic decking it’s caused quite a problem for the environment!

Luckily, PVC can be recycled and turned into other plastic products, so once you’ve finished with your decking you might be able to give it a new lease on life. However, at the end of its life, plastic decking and plastic products made from recycled PVC won’t biodegrade like wooden decking would. Therefore, eco-friendly garden enthusiasts tend to stay away from this particular decking option.

Composite Decking

To create composite decking, wood flour is combined with a polymer resin and moulded into the desired deck board shape. Composite decking suppliers like DeckPlus are paving the way for greener gardens by manufacturing decking using recycled materials.

DeckPlus composite decking is made using post-industrial and post-consumer plastics that are melted down and mixed with a wood flour made from discarded wood. The resulting deck boards have a much lower impact on the environment, and give materials that would otherwise have ended up in landfill a brand-new purpose. With the technology available today, composite decking can be made to look deceivingly similar to real wood, making it a wonderfully stylish option too.

Containing a mix of wood and polymer composite decking has its drawbacks. It won’t decompose like wood decking and can’t be recycled like plastic, but high-quality composite decking has a long life-span of up to 30-years resulting in less overall waste.

Generally, wood and plastic deck boards need to be replaced once every 10 to 15 years because they eventually bow, rot and splinter – composite decking shouldn’t need replacing for at least twice that time!

It’s clear that there are positives and negatives of every decking material option, so it’s important you choose the right one for you.  You can check out Your Job Cost easily enough online. Hopefully this insightful blog will make your eco-friendly gardening journey a little easier.







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