Eco-Friendly Deck Building Materials and Practices

Shane Chapman / Backyard Building Expert

Shane Chapman

Backyard Building Expert
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As homeowners, it’s our responsibility to consider the environmental impact of our building projects, including constructing outdoor spaces like decks. Embracing eco-friendly materials and practices not only helps preserve our planet but can also offer more sustainable, long-lasting results for our homes. With growing concerns about environmental sustainability, we recognize the importance of choosing resources that both fulfill our needs and contribute positively to the environment.

In this journey toward building eco-friendly decks, we explore a variety of innovative solutions. From selecting sustainable raw materials to employing green construction methods that minimize waste, every choice can make a significant difference. By opting for eco-conscious materials, not only do we extend the lifespan of our decks but also enhance their performance and aesthetic appeal without sacrificing our planet’s well-being.

Employing green building practices is easier today than ever before. With advances in technology and a wider availability of sustainable materials, we can create outdoor spaces that are as beautiful as they are environmentally responsible. In the following sections, we delve into specific materials and practices designed to optimize the eco-friendliness of your deck, bringing these green solutions directly to your backyard.

Sustainable Materials for Building Your Deck

When we set out to build a deck, choosing the right materials is crucial for both sustainability and durability. Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource that makes an excellent choice for decking due to its strength, moisture resistance, and eco-friendly footprint. Similarly, recycled plastic and composite decking made from a blend of plastic and wood fibres offer a splinter-free, rot-resistant alternative that helps reduce landfill waste.

Another exciting option is reclaimed wood, which not only brings a unique aesthetic to your deck but also contributes to waste reduction. We carefully source high-quality reclaimed wood that ensures both the environmental benefits and the longevity needed for outdoor structures. By selecting any of these materials, we reduce our ecological impact while creating a beautiful, functional outdoor space that stands the test of time.

Eco-Friendly Treatments and Finishes for Long-Lasting Decks

To ensure that our decks last long and remain environmentally friendly, the treatments and finishes we apply are just as important as the materials we choose. Natural oil finishes, such as linseed or tung oil, are derived from renewable resources and provide excellent protection against weather and wear. These oils penetrate deep into the wood, preserving its natural look while enhancing durability.

For those who prefer a low-maintenance solution, water-based sealants are a great choice. They emit fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than their solvent-based counterparts, making them a safer and more eco-friendly option for both the user and the environment. Additionally, these sealants provide a clear, durable barrier against moisture and UV rays, helping to extend the deck's life. Regular maintenance with these eco-friendly treatments not only keeps your deck looking great but also supports sustainable living practices.

Innovative Recycling Practices in Deck Construction

Embracing recycling practices in deck construction is not just about using recycled materials; it’s about rethinking how we handle all parts of the building process to minimize waste. For example, we actively source scrap wood from old building sites and re-mill it for new projects. Additionally, when we demolish old decks, we carefully salvage usable materials and incorporate them into new structures. This method not only reduces waste but also gives a unique character to each project, creating a story behind every deck.

We utilize off-cuts for smaller projects such as benches or plant boxes, ensuring that every piece of material purchased is put to good use. These practices not only reduce our carbon footprint but also lower the overall cost of materials. By reframing our approach to construction waste, we contribute to a sustainable cycle that benefits both our environment and our community, ensuring resources are utilized efficiently and responsibly.

Benefits of Choosing Green Building Options for Outdoor Spaces

Opting for green building options for your deck or patio goes beyond the immediate benefit of reducing environmental impact—it also increases the value of your home. Eco-friendly construction practices are increasingly sought after in today’s real estate market as more buyers look for sustainable living solutions. Moreover, green decks and patios require less maintenance over time due to the superior durability of materials like recycled composites and sustainably sourced wood, which are designed to stand up to the elements without the need for frequent treatments or repairs.

Creating an eco-friendly outdoor space can significantly enhance your living experience, offering you a toxin-free environment that aligns with a healthier lifestyle. Ultimately, these green choices foster a deeper connection to nature and promote greater well-being. As we continue to innovate and adopt sustainable practices, we enable a positive impact that extends beyond our own backyard, contributing to greater environmental conservation efforts while enjoying the beauty and functionality of our outdoor spaces.


As we explore these eco-friendly options for building decks and patios, we are reminded of the dual benefits these choices offer—environmental responsibility and personal satisfaction. We are committed to assisting you in making informed decisions that align with sustainable building practices. Our team is ready to provide the resources and expertise needed to transform your outdoor space with materials and methods that you can feel good about. 

Whether you’re building a new deck or renovating an existing one, consider embracing green practices that will benefit the planet and enrich your home life. Explore The Ultimate Deck Shop’s range of sustainable materials and expert advice from our deck professionals today, and start building a better future from your own backyard.

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About the Editor...

Shane Chapman // Backyard Building Expert

Shane Chapman, President and Co-Founder of The Ultimate Deck Shop, is a seasoned expert in the deck building industry. A former award winning deck builder (Fresh Decks), he now leads Canada’s top destination for backyard building materials.

Shane is committed to simplifying the shopping experience, providing exceptional customer service, and empowering both DIYers and professionals with his expert advice.

Get in touch with Shane to connect, collaborate or ask questions at LinkedIn.