DECKED OUT: 3 ECO-FRIENDLY DECK OPTIONS

Posted by DB Wilson on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 2:11pm.

Looking to update your outside living space with a new deck? The National Association of Homebuilders "New Home in 2015" Survey suggests a trend toward greater sustainability in new homes, and according to a recent study from McGraw-Hill, by 2016 the market for green homes is expected to increase five-fold. With that in mind, adding an eco friendly deck could improve your home’s value.

The McGraw-Hill study also showed that 34 percent of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016. Green remodeling is trending. In a few years, you may be at a disadvantage if your home doesn’t have any green features.”

Regardless whether you’re prepping to sell or just revamping for your own enjoyment, creating a relaxing outdoor deck with the environment in mind is a double win. Here are a few options eco-friendly options in decking.

Composite
Recycled composite plastic-and-wood lumber is a great green choice for decks.  Be sure to look for composite lumber products that contain recycled plastic, rather than virgin plastic. Plus, composites are more rot resistant and less likely to split or cup than treated wood. And to keep it green, avoid plastic decking containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC, or vinyl), which is often linked to various environmental problems. One drawback is that although composite decking lasts a very long time, it is difficult to dispose of, so keep that in mind when making your decking decision.

Aluminum
Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable and it maintains its structural integrity throughout the recycling process, so that it can be recycled again and again.  This gives aluminum decks the upper hand over composite decking, as most composites cannot be recycled again, since they contain mixed materials. Aluminum decking is attractive to prospective buyers, as it has an extremely long lifespan and is very low maintenance.

Wood
If you have your heart set on a real, authentic wood deck, don’t worry—you can still go green.  Look for wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This means it has been harvested sustainably.  Many believe that the best choice is FSC lumber from the Northwest, which has fewer transportation impacts than ipe. Ipe is a trendy choice for decking, as it is both durable and insect-resistant. However, as it hails from South America, it leaves a big footprint when it comes to transportation. If you still want to go with ipe, steer clear of non-FSC ipe, since its use may contribute to the destruction of the rain forest. Or, if you have the time to seek it out, consider salvaged lumber.

Whatever your preference—aluminum, composite or wood—be sure to go green when decking out your deck for it promises a great best return on investment and a minimal footprint.

For more information on green renovations, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at 303-449-7000, or 1-800-825-7000.

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. located on the corner of Canyon and Folsom, is nationally and locally recognized as one of the most successful real estate offices in the industry. Nationally, they are one of the "Top 500 Power Brokers in the United States" as listed in National Real Estate & Relocation magazine. Real Trends ranked them #1 in the Nation for Closed Sales Volume for 2010. Regionally, for the 5th year in a row, the company has been named the #1 RE/MAX office in America for Single Office Closed Volume. They can be reached at 303.449.7000 or visit http://www.BoulderCO.com. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, search remaxofboulder. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and see videos of all their homes for sale at http://youtube.com/remaxofboulder

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