Composite decking 100% non-recyclable

Composite in not the best choice for a deck. Composite is not recyclable, not biodegradable and use non-renewable chemicals

When the weather is nice, your deck becomes the favorite place to spend relaxing moments with the family. It is therefore an important element of the house and the choice of building material plays an undeniable role in the comfort and aesthetic balance of the whole. The composite patio is fast becoming the star of this area but is it really the best?

Is composite decking such a good idea?

Many individuals consider composite decking material as the best option, perfectly suited to the natural setting in which the patio fits. If they make such a choice, it is because they think that composite is a sustainable material and also respectful of the environment. In the end, it is made of recycled elements, right?

Not quite. In reality, composite is a combination of different materials whose final mixture is not biodegradable. In addition, apart from wood fibers, the rest of the components come from non-renewable sources. This is the case of plastic polymers, dyes, glues and chemical adherents that are part of the well-guarded recipe of every composite board manufacturer.

It is true that composite contains recycled plastic. But what is the purpose of adding recycled plastic to the recipe if the final product (the composite) becomes non-recyclable and eventually ends up in a landfill?

Recyclable and biodegradable therefore do not go hand in hand with composite. In the long run, most users make this sad statement. Composite is not the best choice when it comes to building a deck. It is possible to find materials that are equally durable but that are recyclable, renewable and biodegradable?

So, if you still have the project of building a deck, turn to cedar wood and Ipé wood, you will be pleasantly surprised.

The virtues of cedar and Ipé in the construction of a deck

Composite deck are durable, but cedar and Ipé wood decks have nothing to envy. Wood has always been a key value in the field of construction.

Red cedar comes from the regions of Western Canada, it is superb, very resistant and malleable. Ask any specialists, red cedar is a perfect wood for outdoor structures. Its moisture content is low, it is less likely to crack because of the change in temperature and humidity and the nature of its sap allows it to resist the attacks of insects and mold.

Ipé wood is native to Brazil. One of its main features is that it is extremely dense and durable. In addition, it does not require treatment because it is naturally resistant to mildew and insects. It is even fire resistant with a degree of resistance comparable to that of cement.

Cedar and Ipé wood are chosen for their ability to cope with weather, rapid aging, insects, and moisture. They are also 100% recyclable, 100% biodegradable and 100% renewable.

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Stephan Beaulieu


“The creation of wooden outdoor spaces for wonderful people is my passion”

Stéphan Beaulieu, president and founder of Patios et Clôtures Beaulieu

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