For anyone who loves spending time outdoors, a deck is a must-have. And for anyone who loves the environment, there’s a greater awareness that the kind of building materials is an important choice. Eco-friendly claims from some products, like composite or plastic decking, have proven inaccurate. As more people understand the true qualifies of redwood, it becomes clear: the best decking material comes from Mother Nature.
The Truth Can’t be Recycled
The manufacturing process for plastic and composite decking materials rely on chemical resins and fossil fuels that release carbon and increase emissions. Even worse, the products made from recycled plastics are not recyclable—and so composite decks are all landfill-bound eventually. Redwood trees, however, can be used for decades and then recycled, as old deck boards can be repurposed and used for other projects.
Natural-Born Carbon Trapper
We’ve all heard the importance of minimizing our carbon footprint. It’s directly related to how eco-friendly we are. The lower the carbon, the better.
So when it comes to choosing products that help your home reduce your carbon footprint, there is nothing better than redwood. The trees trap and retain carbon from the air as the trees grow. The carbon remains trapped even after harvesting and milling. How much carbon are we talking? For an average-size, 300-square-foot deck, that’s a half-ton of carbon. You can feel good that your redwood deck helped reduce the world’s carbon. No composite decking manufacturer could honestly say their product does the same thing.
Built to Stand Up to Mother Nature—or a Clumsy Guest
Redwood has unparalleled natural resistance to insects, decay, and fire. In addition, redwood lumber won’t warp, crack, or split as easily. Redwood also won’t stain like composites and plastics, so you don’t have to worry about barbecue grease or red wine leaving a permanent mark.
Refinish As Needed
To better understand the environmental qualities of redwood, we commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment to measure the environmental footprint of redwood decking. This assessment measures the environmental impact from the moment a product is made (or planted, in this case) to the end of its useful life. What we found was that redwood not only beats out composite decking, but it’s one of the top eco-friendly building products.
Redwood has a legendary durability that holds up to the elements with natural beauty while giving you years of carefree performance that is distinctively elegant and naturally resistant to insects and decay. When it comes to creating the perfect deck to enjoy the great outdoors, there’s no greater expression of perfection than redwood.