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Why Composite Decking is Better for the Environment

Why Composite Decking is Better for the Environment

Kapil Tyagi |

Current lumber shortages are a reminder that most of our built world comes from the forest. Not only do natural wood decks not hold up over time — but they’re also a drag on the environment. 


Fortunately, it’s possible to build a beautiful outdoor space without harming the planet.


Composite and PVC decking both offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood. Let’s take a closer look at why composite decking is the better choice for green-minded homeowners. 


Composite Materials are Sustainably Made


An average-sized wooden deck takes roughly 7 full-grown trees to build — adding 336lbs (153kg) of C02 back into the atmosphere. Even worse, pressure-treated lumber contains harsh chemicals that can seep into your yard or garden. 


Composite brands like TruNorth, on the other hand, minimize your home’s environmental footprint with planks made from 95% recycled materials. A 12x12 foot TruNorth deck removes 12,000 plastic bottles from landfills and saves 90 gallons (343 L) of oil. 


And, since they require fewer materials and accessories to install, composite boards make it easier to cut down on waste during construction.


Composite Decks Last Longer Than Natural Wood


Most regulatory agencies take the entire lifecycle of a material into account when evaluating its impact on the environment. Superior durability and ease of maintenance makes composite decking the clear winner here over natural wood


An untreated wood deck can need to be replaced in as little as 10 years. In comparison, composite decks last anywhere between 30-50 years. That’s because today’s synthetic materials are not only stronger than wood but also highly resistant to issues like warping and mold.


PVC decking brands like Clubhouse also offer planks that are 100% recyclable. These materials can easily be recycled and replaced once they reach the end of their lifespan.


Composite Decks Don’t Require Harsh Chemicals for Maintenance 


Extending the lifespan of a wood deck requires the use of chemical stains and cleaners.  Unfortunately, these products contain dangerous volatile organic compounds that impact air and soil quality. Worst of all, you’ll need to do this every 2 to 5 years. 


Composite and PVC decks never need sanding, staining, sealing, or painting. Taking care of your composite deck is as simple as the occasional power wash — no harsh chemicals required.


Bottom Line: Composite Decking is the Better Choice for the Environment — And Your Wallet


At Composite Deck Direct, we’re committed to offering sustainable solutions to homeowners interested in building their ideal outdoor space. That’s why we work exclusively with brands that offer environmentally-friendly products to our customers.


Best of all, buying eco-friendly decking doesn’t come at a premium. Rising lumber costs and lower total cost of ownership make composite and PVC the more sustainable option for your wallet as well.


Interested in learning more about the benefits of composite decking? Head over to our online catalog or contact us directly to get started.