There’s no denying the value a deck can provide to a home, especially with an outdoor view to enjoy it on. Although, a decision to go with flooring or decking outdoors should be made with a eco-friendly solution in-mind. Choosing environmentally friendly material for your new deck or flooring outside can prove to be beneficial to both you and nature.
Homeowners have a responsibility to choose the most sustainable option for their homes that their budget allows. It is with that said that choosing the right one for you is not an easy task. You have to consider your surroundings, the climate, and how much you can afford for environmentally friendly solutions. If it’s wood decking or flooring you’re looking for, you’re going to find some conflicting choices on the market.
For example, even though FSC certified wood is fair trade, non-conflict source material, it might still impact the environment more than just locally-sourced wood that doesn’t have any fancy badge on it. That is because you have to consider the environmental impact of the transporting of wood that is not locally-sourced.
If you can get your hands on expensive wood, like cedar or redwood, you can save yourself from having to deal with chemically-treated wood and thus reduce the potential exposure of toxins and increase the longevity of your wood, leaving less wood in landfills.
Yes, plastic is bad for the Earth, doesn’t decompose, and has problems with leaching when heated, but there are some great wood alternatives out there that use plastic composites to reduce the impact of logging in the world. You can get non-wood flooring in varies materials, from 100% recycled plastics, recycled carpet fibers, powdered paper, bamboo, and even aluminum.
These choices will be a bit more expensive, but they come with the added bonuses of being rot-proof, lightweight, flexible, low maintenance, and long-lasting. The plastic composites are a really good deal for those who are on a budget and cannot afford the premium woods or aluminum decking, for example.
Consider Mother Nature’s struggle against the factors of climate change when planning for any new outdoor flooring purchase. Environmentally friendly woods and non-woods can reduce the demand on cutting down forests, reduce the market for sealers and preservatives, and reduce the fossil-fuel related costs when it comes to the manufacturing and transporting non-local wood.