Composite decking is an environmentally friendly lumber alternative that combines plastic and wood fiber. Most are made from recycled wood scraps and plastic– making them eco-friendly. They come in a variety of earth-tones and wood colors. Composite deck come in a plank form, similar to traditional wood planks.
“Trex claims that much of its plastic comes from 1.5 billion plastic shopping bags, or about 7 out of every 10 in the US. They also don’t use any virgin wood, using mill waste and old pallets instead.”
Go for the composite deck if you don’t mind spending a bit more money for a deck that requires far less maintenance and is eco-friendly. A good scrub in the spring will help keep it clean and free of mold. No more dangerous chemicals that can harm the environment! Hooray for Mother Earth!
- Weather resistant
- Long lasting
- Stain resistant
- Won’t splinter or rot
- Low maintenance
- Most use recycled materials
- Some look fake
- Some brands can be slippery
- More expensive than lumber
- Not resistant to mold and mildew, especially in shade
- Eventually shows signs of age and decay
- Tend to sag and bend more than wood