Building your deck out of Trex composite material can not only save you time and money, but can also make your deck less of a drain on the Earth's natural resources. As part of living a natural lifestyle, you have to think about the impact your actions have on the Earth's resources as well as any pollution you might cause and how much landfill space you use. Trex composite decking material can help you reduce your ecological footprint in several ways. Here are three of them.
1. Recycled content
Trex decking uses materials that would otherwise be headed to the landfill. This means that not only does it divert these plastics from the waste stream and help save landfill space, but it also reduces usage of new wood in decking manufacture. This is important because deforestation is still an ongoing problem, meaning that the demand for new wood is greater than what's sustainably being produced, so any reduction in demand for new wood is a step towards a more sustainable forestry industry.
The longer your deck lasts, the less often you'll have to replace it. This means less demand for new decking material and less old, discarded material. Trex decking has a long lifespan, and you can even get a limited warranty for up to 25 years. A related aspect of Trex's durability is its low-maintenance characteristics, which mean you won't need to use chemicals like paint stripper and wood finish or paint or even harsh cleaning chemicals on it. These chemicals can contribute to pollution and require energy for manufacture and transport, so reducing or eliminating their use makes your deck even more eco-friendly.
3. Can be repurposed
Even if you eventually have your deck rebuilt and don't need the Trex material as decking any more, there are dozens of things you can use the material for. For example, you could use it to build lawn furniture, line garden pathways, or build raised garden beds. So even though the material isn't recyclable, you can upcycle it into useful and attractive items that may even help you save money.
These three examples show how trex decking material can not only be a great value for your home but can also help you live the green life. Its eco-friendly benefits encompass reduction of deforestation, reduction of landfill use, reduction of pollution, and much more, enabling you to effectively reduce your deck's impact on the environment. Talk to a company like Decks-Decks-Decks to get more information and to have a Trex deck installed.