We know that many homeowners are trying to make green choices for their homes that protect the environment. This is especially true for many of our clients in McLean VA. Composite decking seems like a surprising choice – after all it’s made of up to 60 percent plastic. That doesn’t sound very environmental does it? Allow us to change your mind.
The plastic that is used in manufacturing composite decking is the very type of stuff you toss into your recycling bin every day and put out to the curb in McLean VA: plastic milk jugs, plastic bags, yogurt containers and plastic beverage bottles. The composite decking industry takes the material that would have been headed to the landfill and turns it into something useful and luxurious for your home. Each 20 foot span of composite decking contains 30 lbs. of waste material.
The wood used in composite decking is also scrap material from the lumber industry. Again, rather than tossing the wood chips and sawdust out from other lumbering initiatives, this waste material will make up 40 to 70 percent of composite decking material.
Composite decking also reduces the use of various chemicals such as stains, deck sealers and anti-fungal chemicals. While these have to be used almost annually with traditional all wood decks, especially as they age, pigmentation and preservatives for composite decking are mixed in during the manufacturing process and that’s it. The owner doesn’t have to stain, reseal or retreat composite decking for the life of the deck. It’s fade resistant, mildew resistant, scratch resistant, and only requires a gentle scrub with soap and water once or twice a year.
So when thinking about environmental options for creating your outdoor oasis in McLean VA, composite decking should be at the top of your considerations. Low maintenance and long lasting qualities also make this an ideal choice for getting the greatest pleasure from outdoor living.
Now that the deck is done it is beautiful. We love the workmanship and just being able to sit out in the back of our house with friends and grill out. This company truly has our gold star approval for professionalism and quality of work.
- Sharon J.
The Deck Doctor crew worked clean and made sure all debris was removed upon completion. They even added a "sunburst" pattern to the deck railing at the entrance to give it a more inviting look.
- Scott H.
They began building our deck the same day as the permit was granted, and finished in two days and clean up was spotless. We are delighted by the quality of the materials and workmanship.
- Mr. & Mrs. Peter J