OnDeck Vinyl Worx is a vinyl membrane decking. It is essentially a membrane attached to your deck base to create an impermeable, attractive, and durable covering that will last for many years with minimal maintenance. But is vinyl decking environmentally friendly?
Let’s break it down…
These vinyl decking materials include layers of PVC and reinforcing fibers. It can adhere to sanded plywood or concrete.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is used extensively by vinyl decking contractors in many construction materials, such as decking, roofing, and plumbing. It is economical to make and fantastically durable. It is the third most-produced and consumed plastic in the world.
There are several variables taken into account when defining a product as ‘green.’
Starting at the beginning of the product’s life, a green product must be sourced ethically without harming the environment around it or extracted without depleting stocks that can’t be easily replaced.
Then, it’s important to look at what the product is trying to replace and why?
The alternative to using a vinyl decking covering is using planks: either wood or vinyl.
While wood can be sourced ethically and replaced, wood planks suitable for decking need to be pressure treated, which involves injecting chemicals into the wood to prevent water damage. Wood that has been treated like this cannot be burned or recycled.
There are vinyl planks made from 100% recycled PVC, meaning if you go for this option, you’re joining the green product halfway through its life. However, these planks may contract or expand depending on climate and can sag over time.
Therefore, your choice of a vinyl covering is a good and green alternative.
Lastly, a truly green product should be biodegradable. However, If it can be recycled/upcycled into something else also necessary and useful, it is a sustainable and eco-friendly option.
While PVC is not biodegradable, it can be fully recycled – depending on any additives put in it
PVC should never be burned, as it can release toxins in the fumes
A truly green product needs to leave as small a carbon footprint from beginning to end as possible.
Yes! Consider this:
If something is durable – then it’s likely not biodegradable. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be recycled!
While the process used to make PVC does include fossil fuels and salt, once the product is in existence – its life as a deck covering is not the end of the line.
PVC and many vinyl building products, such as decking, roofing, and plumbing, can be recycled into new, sustainable construction materials and products.