Build a Green Patio Deck Build a Green Patio Deck
If you want to build a patio deck, you should consider going 'Green' with your new deck. Building patio decks the old way and using precious lumber resources that are then treated with toxic chemicals is harmful to our environment and irresponsible behavior for those that want to leave a clean and healthy planet for generations to come. Fortunately, environmentally friendly deck materials have come a long way in the last decade. So, this article will explain a few ways that you can make your new patio deck more Green.
Use Environmentally-Friendly Lumber
If you're building a new deck, choose lumber that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as being untreated wood. This simply means that the wood was grown and harvested in a sustainable manner that meets the strict forest management standards that have been implemented to help save our precious natural resources and our planet. Although it is a little more expensive than other types of lumber, Cedar is an excellent choice for deck lumber. It is naturally weather resistant and is not as susceptible to diseases as other types of untreated wood.
Consider Composite Decking Materials
Although they were considered to be very environmentally unfriendly many years ago, composite decking materials have made great strides in the way they are made. Many new plastic-wood composite decking materials are now biodegradable and result in the use of far fewer trees that are used to produce decking lumber. Also, many new composite deck materials are made from 100% recycled plastic and other materials. This results in far fewer carbon based emissions being created by the manufacturer of new plastics.
Composite decking materials are also much more weather resistant than natural wood and last for many more years. The appearance of composite decking materials has improved also. While composite wood plastic of the past faded or were easily scratched, new versions of the product retain a new look finish for many years.
Just Say "No" to Asphalt and Concrete
If you're creating a patio deck on the first floor of your home, consider using a natural material for the floor rather than asphalt or concrete. Runoff water from asphalt or concrete patio floors sends all kinds of toxins into groundwater and drinking water in your area. The water runoff from these types of surfaces is also unhealthy for plants and insects that are needed to produce oxygen and pollinate our environment.
Instead of toxic turf, asphalt or concrete, consider letting your patio area remain in a natural grassy state, or use gravel or rock as the base of your patio. There are also many water permeable pavers that you can use as the floor for your patio decking. Any of these surfaces are excellent ways of reducing the amount of water in the storm drain and creating a natural filter for water that seeps back into the drinking supply.
Seal Older Pressure-Treated Lumber
If you do have an older type of deck that was pressurized using toxic chemicals, you can make it a little more environmentally-friendly. To do this, choose a no-VOC or low-VOC exterior paint and paint surfaces that use the toxic pressure-treated lumber. This will help to seal in the toxins and keep them from mixing with rain water that eventually ends up in our drinking supply.