Sustainability In Deck Design


If you’re in the market to build a deck in the coming year, you will need to consider the many different forms of decking materials that exist. But Portland decks are a lot more enjoyable for homeowners when they know that only sustainable materials are being used in the construction process.

That may sound not only tough to accomplish but more expensive to accomplish. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth as there are a variety of assorted options from which to choose. These materials have a range of benefits, price ranges, and durability spans to fit any home, building specifications, and financial situation.

Sustainability in the design of your deck need not be out of reach with these options:

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Natural Wood

The biggest benefit to natural wood is that it’s a nontoxic and extremely strong material that is also a completely renewable resource. Wood decking that comes from forests that are responsibly procured in a sustainably managed environment can also be considered green if the wood has been extracted without too much fossil fuel expense.

But even though natural wood is among the best sustainable options around, designing a deck with this material means it does hold some vulnerabilities to the world around you and the naturally occurring impacts that exist. For example, wood can be susceptible to the affects of insects, inclement weather, and the mold or bacteria that can emerge as a result.

Certain woods are more resistant to these influences than others so choosing the species of wood that can resist these damaging effects will ensure that your deck lasts longer.

Treated Wood

While it’s always a great idea to design your deck using wood that is naturally resistant to the effects of weather, mildew, and rot, you have alternatives in the form of wood that has been treated to ward off such dangers.

Lumber decking that has been treated offers varying degrees of resistance which are ideally suited for certain areas and environmental impacts. For instance, a part of your deck that may come into constant contact with moisture such as wet earth will require a wood that has been given a deep, penetrating treatment.

What makes this option even more beneficial is the fact that you can save money using this type of decking instead of those naturally resistant options. Many of these most effective wood species that can fend back rot are also some of the most expensive to purchase. If you’re designing a sustainable deck on a budget, you may want to go with treated versions of many popular woods that are cheaper and somewhat softer than going with a natural option.

These materials are also easy to finish with a layer of stain or your choice of paint and you can be sure you’ll be able to enjoy the same sturdy strength and durability of natural wood in this less expensive but highly effective sustainable decking material. Don’t worry about the treatments being hazardous to your health either, many of them are inert and non-toxic so they won’t leech into the soil or water.

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