Become a more environmentally conscious contractor
In 2022, we are going to further reduce our impact on the environment and preserves natural resources.
Some of the ways we plan to achieve this are:
3. Reducing the carbon footprint of our orders and deliveries, by:
5. Continue to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.
Instead of disposing of the left over granite pieces from an interior project, we incorporated them into the decking, creating a gorgeous flow from the inside out and reducing waste.
On each decking project, we strategically lay deck boards in the direction that will reduce the amount of waste, saving costs and reducing waste.
Please feel free to send us an EMAIL with any suggestions or tips on how we can improve our carbon footprint in 2022.
At the start of the year, we made a commitment to become a more sustainable and environmentally conscience contractor. Check out our resolution here.
One of the strategies we promised to implement, to reduce our carbon footprint, was to use products made from recycled material including Recycled Plastic deck framing material.
We've received a lot of enquiries and interest about the nuances and value of the product.
I have answered the most frequently asked questions in relation to the plastic below but, free to skip to the synopsis at the end for a brief summary.
Most common questions:
2. Why do we recommend it?
Using a plastic wood alternative to construct a frame for a deck is an innovative, environmentally sound and quality solution to using traditional wood.
It can withstand all weather conditions, requires no treating or painting and will out last any wooden structures ensuring we have zero call backs and giving our clients peace of mind that their investment is built to last!
3. Is it more expensive than pressure treated timber framing?
Yes. The initial investment to purchase the plastic framing is higher than to purchase timber. It is also more time consuming to install so labour costs are higher, too. But, when you consider the time and money spent on treating and maintaining the wooden alternative, it is a sound long-term investment and will save money in the long-run.
100% recycled material
100% maintenance free
Made from a combination of mixed waste plastics
40+ year lifespan
20 year warranty
Rot proof, even if FLOODED
Solid core and coloured throughout
Compatible with construction tools and standard wood fixings
More expensive than traditional wood framing, initially
When planning your new deck, one of the key decisions you will make is what deck boards to use.
The most popular options are WOOD or COMPOSITE.
The choice you make will impact your budget, aftercare requirements and the style, size and longevity of your deck, so it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of each.
INTRO TO WOODEN DECK BOARDS:
All wooden decking material is a product of nature so naturally there will be a HUGE variation in the strength and performance, colour and texture of each.
There are countless varieties of wooden deck boards to chose from, including:
There is a massive difference in the cost and availability of each, E.G. Ipe Tropical Hardwood is much more expensive, has to be imported from Southern or Central America but lasts 50 years as where pressure treated boards will cost €15 per board, are readily available but have much shorter life span.
INTRO TO COMPOSITE DECK BOARDS:
Similarly, composite decking comes in several forms; ranging from solid PVC plastic, to solid composites using 100% recycled plastic, to products that blend plastics and natural wood or bamboo fibres.
There are approximately 500 different brands of composite to chose from, including: Millboard Flooring, Teranna Ever-Deck, TREX, Fiberon and TimberTech.
All 500 brands are not created equally and come with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Prices can range from €35.00 to €180.00 per board.
When deciding on which composite to construct your deck from will need to consider; budget, style, texture, colour, the environmental impact, availability and your personal preference.
Author: Noreen Tierney.
With a background in fitness, I am 100% NOT a deck nerd and likely have no business writing any sort of decking related blog. However, after five years as the "behind-the-scenes responder" to emails, texts, DM's & PM's requesting Martins' decking expertise and then figuring out how to unravel his technical response to reply to queries in layman/woman terms, I figured I'd add a blog to the website to, hopefully, save visitors hours of online research and help with their decking/pergola/gazebo decisions.