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Commonly considered types of environmentally friendly decking

There are myriad varieties of decking on the market, from composite and wood to plastic. But which is the most environmentally friendly option?

Composite decking

Composite decking perfectly emulates real timber and is usually created from a mixture of different elements, for example Ecodek boards are manufactured from 95% sustainably sourced and recycled materials. Our boards are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life.

Once installed, composite decking does not require any treatments or paints – some of which can be harmful to the environment – to protect it from the elements. It also does not need harsh cleaning products to keep it looking like new.

All combined, this makes wood composite decking an extremely environmentally friendly option.

Wood decking

Wood decking has often been viewed as the most environmentally friendly decking option. However, it is important to do your research – where does your wood come from? Is it from a sustainable source? Are trees being planted in their stead? Some wood may come from abroad, which means you need to consider the transportation of your wood decking when deciding on the most sustainable choice.

Wood also requires regular treatments to safeguard it against the weather. Sometimes these treatments can release harmful fumes into the environment, which again may have an impact on your decision-making process.

Plastic decking

Plastic decking has often been considered the least environmentally friendly option. However, with advances in recycling technology, plastic decking can now be easily recycled, and that recycled material put back into the manufacturing process. Also, as with composite decking, PVC decking does not need treatments or paints to protect it, minimising its impact on the surrounding environment.

Which is the best for the environment?

We may be slightly biased, but we believe wood composite decking is the most sustainable decking option. As mentioned above, it is made from sustainable materials and can itself be recycled. It requires no harsh treatments or cleaners to keep it looking beautiful, and with Ecodek decking, it is manufactured here in the UK so there is no need for international travel.

Overall, wood composite will not only provide a stylish and safe decking option, but its environmental credentials are the best on the market.

For further information on our decking choices and their environmental impact, call our expert team today on 01978 667 840.