At Be-Decked we are very conscious of the importance of an environmentally friendly and responsible attitude when it comes to using timber and composite materials. All our softwood, hardwood timber and composite decking and cladding boards are sourced from self sustaining forests as well as trusted manufacturers using only ethical sources.
Timber is, in fact, an environmentally friendly construction material. Trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during their life cycle – this creates the very air that we breathe. Timber is a completely renewable resource. No other construction material has this advantage. In self sustaining forests the trees are carefully harvested and replenished to maintain the balance between nature and industry. We are replenishing trees far faster than they are being harvested – wood is a truly sustainable material.
In fact, in Europe there are more trees now than there were a century ago and Northern Europe today has doubled the amount of wood and forest as existed 100 years ago and the number is growing. There is now an annual surplus of growth over harvest of some 252 million cubic metres – roughly the equivalent of 30 times the total UK annual consumption of timber – because two trees are planted for every single tree harvested.
Wood, in various forms, is used in numerous industries. In the UK, our forest products include small round wood and sawlogs. The round wood is used to make wood based panel products, such as chipboard and MDF. Pulp, also from the round wood, is made into paper for newspapers, magazines and paper packaging. After processing in sawmills, the sawlogs are used for solid timber products. These include timber for construction, flooring, furniture, fences and gates and packaging such as pallets.
This method of ensuring that timber resources are maintained provides timber sustainability and allows construction using this resource to be carried out within a environmentally friendly ideal.
Nearly all new planting in the UK takes place under the terms of the Forestry Commission’s Woodland Grant Scheme. Insensitive monocultures are no longer allowed and all planting and regeneration schemes are required to meet high environmental standards
As a completely natural resource, wood is produced using far less energy than other materials thus reducing the growth of global warming and has an equally, if not longer lifespan than concrete or plastic with none of the chemical or hazardous materials associated with them.
Building with wood also uses far less energy than other sources and being more thermally efficient ultimately is a truly ‘Green’ material.
Composite decking will offer a customer something extra special but will often come at an increase in price due to the robust nature. Composite decking and cladding has become more popular over the years due to the high quality within the material. The benefits of composite decking far outweigh that of the hard and soft wood alternative due to the slip-proof qualities, resistance to UV rays, scratch proof, easier to maintain and simply put, lasts a lot longer!
Leading UK composite decking company Ecoscape UK
say that “The composite material used for the decking panels is not a living, breathing product like wood, nor does it need protection against splitting, cracking and rotting. Thanks to the decking material, the planks will not warp when exposed to the sun, and the high quality products are less likely to fade, stain and breed mould and mildew.” -For more information please check out the article – 10 reasons why designers opt for composite decking
Image Source: https://ecoscapeuk.co.uk – Clarity and Forma decking.
FAQ | Timber and Composite Decking
Q. Can I afford it? I thought decking was expensive.
At the Be-decked we spend more time on the planning and design of the project in order to reduce costs at the construction stage. Our unique 3D software enables us to prepare and plan your deck and be sure to keep wastage, time and labour intensive work to a minimum. Decks are highly personal and pricing comes down to your choice of design. Costs for a complete deck can start from as little as £800 timber or £1000 for composite options.
Q. What type of wood is used to build my deck?
Hardwood: We use Scandinavian Redwood as our main decking material – this wood is particularly suited to decks as it is hardwearing and durable. It is also easy to maintain and of course comes from self sustaining forest as part of our commitment to environmentally friendly construction.
Mahogany and Oak hardwoods are also available.
Composite: We use the Clarity and Forma ranges by Ecoscape UK. These products have a long shelf life with a 25 year guarantee. We have over 16 options to choose from available in a range of colours and finishes.
Q. How long will my deck last?
A well designed and properly constructed deck comes with a 25 year lifespan or more. With a little care and maintenance (cleaning, and periodic preservative treatments) you will be sure to get the very best out of your deck for as long as you need.
The standard hardwood decking offers a 15 year guarantee on all decks provided.
Q. Where can I site my deck?
Timber and composite decks are flexible structures that can be located to suit you, your family and the property.
Whether you want to enjoy your deck in a sunny open site, have it as a garden island, a combined balcony and veranda or in an intimate shady spot – it’s your choice.
However, in order to get the most benefit from your deck you should give some thought to how you intend to use it and the best location for that purpose. Things to consider include:
– Will the deck get the sun at the time of day when I want to be using it?
– Do I want to be shaded from the sun in high summer?
– Will adjacent trees or buildings block the sun from my deck?
– Will people in those buildings invade my privacy and will those trees drop their leaves on my deck?
– Will I be protected from prevailing winds?
– Can I see and hear my children playing on the deck?
– Is it suitable for entertaining friends?
Our unique 3D design technology allows you to approve your design throughout the process enabling you to see how your finished deck will look in the space available.
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For more information on composite lumber please check out the official composite lumber wikipedia page