comparison on eco friendliness between composite decking and Ipe hardwood decking

Composite decking – is composite decking eco and environmental friendly?


Eco environmental friendliness comparison between Ipe hardwood decking and composite decking


To the contrary to what those composite decking companies want you to believe, a composite deck is not environmentally friendly. They like to say that you can recycle the plastic. This is the theory, in reality when their deck eventually breaks down or needs to be replaced, they simply throw it in a landfill. The environmental impact of throwing out that much plastic is clearly damaging. And, when you consider that, given how many problems composite decks have, you can imagine just how many composite deck boards are being tossed into landfills all across the country. When buried in a landfill, composite decking may very well last forever. They say a plastic shopping bag will last 1000 years underground, I bet the composite decking will also do just as well. Long after you have tired of your stylish composite deck, it won’t be recycled; it will go to the landfill with the plastic patio chairs and the rest of the plastic packaging.


Your composite decking therefore is landfill clogging plastic and oil-based material that is not bio-degradable or recyclable. Instead your ipe decking is Bio-Degradable - renewable - recyclable. Requires no chemical treatment during manufacturing process and creates no hazardous refuse.


So unlike composite decking, ipe is 100% natural. In fact, ipe is world-renowned for it's ability to look just as good decades after it's been installed. In addition, ipe is so dense it naturally resists, mildew, mold, fungus, and insects. Also in respect of production, huge amounts of energy is used to manufacture the composite decking, burning coal and other fossil fuel, mainly in China where environmental laws are yet to be fully implemented. Instead, ipe hardwood is harvested from certified sustainable forests, leaving the forests totally intact and just like you going to the hairdresser, companies like Hardydeck cuts out only the thickest trees to give more room and especially light to the remaining thinner trees. See for more on certified ipe wood logging.


Hardwood deckings compared:


Composite decking on price

Composite decking on maintenance

Cumaru decking

Garapa decking

Massaranduba decking

Tigerwood decking

composite decking prone to the elements

composite decking disaster prone to the elements

wpc deck mold stain

as the pictures show, sellers that promise your WPC decking to be mold-free are NOT telling the truth

expensive composite decking

this will NEVER ever happen with your natural wood decking


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