Using Recycled Materials to Build a Deck

It can be both rewarding and exciting to build a deck out of recycled materials. In some cases, you may have access to wood cuts and varieties that are no longer available from lumber yards, and the antique fixtures and decorations you could recycle could be used to set a deck or garden theme. Recycled material does not mean old and rotten wood, it may be lumber, even tin roofing, that has been carefully removed from another location with the intention of being re-used.

Using Salvaged Lumber

Many recycled building materials are taken from older building that have been carefully deconstructed. In older buildings lumber cuts were different, and some aged wall studs have become harder than normal, or altered in some other way. Additionally, it is much easier to get a rustic look for your deck if you are starting with materials that have weathered somewhat.

Fixtures and Decorations

Light fixtures, old fashioned water fountains, or even benches and tables make great recycled deck furniture. Where plastic and aluminum are widely used today, brass and copper were once popular, and the aged look of brass lantern hooks have a certain visual appeal, especially when coupled with rough-hewn beams recycled from some local storage facility or deconstructed home.