Northern Virginia deck builders discuss green options

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.

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