Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly By Ensuring Your Decking Materials Are Eco-Friendly and Sustainably-Sourced.
When most people talk about recycling or eco-friendly practices at home, they usually mean sorting household garbage for recycling. After all, aluminum cans are the most recycled item in the United States.
This is no surprise if you consider the fact that, according to The Aluminum Association, over two-thirds of all aluminum ever produced is still in use. In recent years, many households have integrated recycling into their daily living habits, but most of us are unaware that the bigger decisions we make can also have an impact on the environment. We also fail to realize the sustainable and eco-friendly options when it comes to the materials we can use to build our homes. Aluminum decking materials are no exception…
Aluminum decking materials are made from recycled products that can easily be recycled.
Recyclable aluminum decking materials are different from other decking materials. This decking material is 100% recyclable, there are no harsh chemicals or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) used in the manufacturing process.
Once your aluminum deck is installed, constant pressure washing, staining, or paint touch-ups are never required to keep your outdoor deck space safe and beautiful, as they are with traditional decking materials.
Deborah R. Huso notes the sustainability and eco-friendly nature of aluminum decking materials on MotherEarthLiving.com: because aluminum decks are made with recycled content, any scrap from aluminum deck construction is recyclable– making construction sites where aluminum is used much less destructive to the environment. Should you ever need to replace your aluminum deck, you will be able to recycle the aluminum decking boards, rather than sending them to a landfill. Aluminum is probably the toughest, and the safest, outdoor decking product available. “It’s entirely water-resistant and stays cooler than many other deck materials in summer, meaning you can comfortably walk across it barefoot.”
Comparing Traditional Decking Options:
While wood is recyclable, it naturally deteriorates over time. However, aluminum decks which will never rot, chip, warp rust, or splinter. Wood decking options can cause health risks and are also bad for the environment: the chemicals used to treat wood for outdoor use are extremely hazardous. If outdoor decks aren’t regularly sealed and protected, these chemicals can contaminate ground water and release dangerous gasses that cause cancer and other issues.
Composite decking materials are bound with extremely hazardous, non-recyclable plastics so that their components cannot be separated. As Stephanie Evans discusses on greenlivingideas.com “In terms of green building, the biggest objection to composite decking is that, although it lasts a long time, it is very difficult to dispose of once it reaches its life’s end.”
Qualifying For LEED Credits
“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design.” (concretethinker.com)
By using sustainable, eco-friendly building materials, homeowners and building professionals can both earn LEED certification points. This means different things for both, and benefits can vary from state to state. Homeowners gain peace-of-mind in knowing that their homes are making the very best use of sustainable, eco-friendly building materials and eco-conscious building practices. In many instances, cities and state governments have implemented new regulations that offer tax incentives and credits for homeowners who have their new homes or additions LEED certified. Comparatively, contractors and installers who earn credits for using eco-friendly and sustainable products can also qualify for various incentives. (bobvila.com)
Aluminum Decking Materials From Wahoo Decks
Wahoo Decks offers a variety of recyclable aluminum decking materials– all manufactured using 45% recycled content from industrial and post-consumer aluminum scrap. This means that all of Wahoo Decks products, including DryJoistEZ, AridDek, Fortis, and Wahoo Rail, are environmentally friendly! By installing Wahoo aluminum deck materials, you ensure that your outdoor living space is sourced from safe, eco-friendly materials.
Whether you recycle cans or decks, aluminum contributes to making the world a greener place to live; as a member of the United States Green Building Council, Wahoo Decks is proud to be part of making the world a better place.
Learn more about deck systems from Wahoo Decks by visiting our website: www.wahoodecks.com.
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