Posted on: 23 November 2015
When you remodel your home, it is important not to just focus on your home's interior, but also on your outdoor space. Something that every home owner with a garden should consider is adding a patio to their garden, as it can contribute to the value of a home significantly as they are one of the top ten features that prospective buyers look for.
But whenever you take on a patio building project, it's important to consider how the materials you use will affect the environment. If you want to keep your remodel as green as possible, these are the most eco-friendly solutions for patio decking.
Bamboo Decking. Bamboo is a fantastic construction material, and using it is a huge trend at the moment. This is in no small part because it has all the durability and water resistance of hardwood, but it is also both cheaper and better for the environment. When you consider that some varieties of bamboo can grow at rates of one to two metres per year, you really don't have to feel guilty about this natural resource being cut down for your decking because it is extremely renewable. The natural look of bamboo on a patio deck is also very appealing for people who don't want anything 'man-made' looking in their garden.
Aluminium Decking. When you think of decking for your patio, you probably won't have considered a metal, but aluminium is truly a green choice with many other benefits. First of all, it doesn't have to be treated like some woods in order to prevent attacks from termites and water damage. And aluminium is a totally recyclable material, so as long as you are buying aluminium that has been recycled, you are doing something great for the planet. What's more, aluminium decking doesn't have to look like ugly sheet metal. It can actually be made to look like timber boards so that it has more of an organic feel.
Composite decking. Composite decking is another very green choice because it tends to be made from a mix of broken down recycled plastics and wood fibres. This type of decking is treated to be hard-wearing and totally water resistant, making it a low maintenance choice for someone who doesn't want to be constantly working on their patio. And it can also be created in a practically unlimited number of designs. This is ideal for people who want statement decking, as it's possible to pick 'out-there' colours with composite decking.Share