Northern Virginia deck builders discuss green options
Relax with three highly rated deck and porch builders located in the D.C. area as they piece together the eco-friendly and green decking options available to you.
What eco-friendly deck options do you have?
Ali Farzad: We have products from TimberTech and Azek that are made with green technology. We also use a lot of Pennsylvania flagstone and natural stone for seat walls and retaining walls.
Zeth Devore: We have composite decking materials, like Trex, that use recycled plastics and wood. A lot of the PVC decking we use, like Fiberon, are almost 100 percent recycled plastic.
James Parascand: We do a lot of Trex decking — they are the largest buyer of recycled trash bags in the world and are made from recycled products.
What is the price for green decking?
Farzad: Green deck options such as composite or PVC can be about 30 to 50 percent higher then traditional pressure treated pine. The price ranges from $35 a square foot for basic green decking to $75 for features like designs.
Devore: We use a hidden fastener on all of our composite materials, which adds to the cost. Greener options can run $8 to $10 more a square foot than traditional wood decks.
Parascand: It does cost more for green options, but some options like Trex have 25 year warranties against staining and fading. Wood decks cost around $28 a square foot and Trex starts at $70 a square foot.
What are some trends in decks?
Farzad: We install a lot of flagstone patios with seating and columns. Stone seat walls with low voltage lighting have been popular and barbecue grills.
Devore: We’ve been doing a lot of resurfacing, re-railing, white vinyl railing and composite decking.
Parascand: We are doing a lot of eco-pavers because places like Arlington offer tax rebates for these and you can earn LEED points.
What is the best season to have a patio or deck done?
Farzad: I like to do them in the fall, but spring and summer are good times, too. The wintertime is tricky with cold weather and things not drying correctly.
Devore: Early spring is the best so you can use it all summer. Late fall is also good. We do decks all year round as well.
Parascand: We are the busiest in early spring, but a great time is the fall. We can get to you much faster and sometimes offer discounts.