There are many ways to create a beautiful garden. You can spend time decorating a lavish landscape full of blooms and greens. But, making it environment-friendly? Building a DIY deck can surely transform any garden into a haven for environment-loving homeowners. If DIY isn’t your thing, you can ask for professional help to install a deck in your garden.Here are some things to keep in mind when building an eco-friendly deck.
Choose from a wide variety of environmental materials.
Traditional decking is being replaced with its more eco-friendly cousin. There are a lot of environment-friendly decking options available today. You can choose from the following materials when building your own deck:
- Water-resistant synthetic lumber
- Chemically-treated softwood
- Recycled wood
- Wood polymer composite
Choose high quality materials for the bearers.
The bearers are the timbers to be connected to the stumps supporting the deck. It can either be a single span or a continuous span, depending on its length. A bearer that connects from one stump to another is a single span, while two or more bearers connecting to each to reach one stump to another are the continuous span bearers. Go for the high-quality bearers to minimize expenses on repair and maintenance.
Never let the materials, especially wood, touch the ground.
When building the deck, make sure that the timbers to be used won’t touch the ground. This prevents fungi and destructive insects from ruining the materials. Concrete pillars should be the foundation of the deck so that it will last a long time and won’t succumb to wear and tear.
Ensure that the wood to be used has FSC certification.
Only materials harvested in an environmentally sensitive way are given the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. This is necessary to ensure that no forest is harmed just to create a so-called “eco-friendly” deck.
Use corrosion-resistant materials.
The bearers aren’t the only material to consider when planning the deck. It’s necessary that the nails, screws, and connectors won’t easily succumb to corrosion, especially when dealing with chemically-treated wood.
A garden deck is becoming one of the most popular features in households today and for a good reason. Though it can cost quite a lot, there’s definitely a quick return of investment, especially when the eco-friendly spot becomes the family’s next favorite place to hang out.