Choose recycled wood-plastic composite lumber for decks and railings

Decking and railing made from wood/plastic composites are widely available.
Many use some type of recycled plastic and waste wood that's ground into small wood chips or flour. Composites are more rot resistant and less likely to split or cup than treated wood. They do not contain toxic chemical preservatives and are not attacked by insects. No special tools are required to work with composites. Even though they are excellent for decks and railings, they can't be used as structural lumber. Also available are decking, railing and even dimensional lumber made completely from plastic.

Green Points

LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. : 1/2 point for decking containing recycled material (MR 2.2).
NGBSNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: Up to 6 points, depending on risk, for using termite-resistant materials in areas including decks; up to 3 points for using material with recycled content in each "minor" building component (604.1).

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