The Most Eco-Friendly Decking Material

Environmental consciousness is commonplace in British Columbia. From reusable water bottles to electric cars, Vancouver-area residents care about buying eco-friendly.

And, when it comes to building and renovating homes, Vancouverites maintain our eco-conscious consumption. But while there are numerous building products on the market that claim to be ‘green’, it’s sometimes hard to know which products live up to the earth-friendly claims and which ones are eco-duds.

As deck experts and fellow eco-minded consumers, Citywide Sundecks is here to weigh in on the greenest deck material.

Environmental pros and cons of common deck materials

Many deck materials claim to be environmentally friendly and many are, to varying degrees. At Citywide Sundecks, we install wood, composite, vinyl, and liquid decking. Each of these popular deck materials has environmental pros and cons:

Wooden decking

Pros – Wood is natural and compostable. At the end of a wooden deck’s lifespan, it rots and becomes harmlessly part of the ecosystem once again.

Cons – Timber’s organic nature requires it to be coated for protection from the environment. Harsh chemicals in stain, sealant, and paint can be damaging to the environment and are usually required annually.

Composite decking

Pros – composite (wood mixed with plastic) lasts longer than traditional wood, never requiring painting or stainings and is made from recycled materials.

Cons – This mixed material can’t be recycled at the end of its lifespan. Manufacturing can require excessive energy and water.

Vinyl decking

Pros – This PVC based material is long lasting (up to 30 years) and takes up much less landfill space than its composite counterpart.

Cons – This material is non-recyclable and requires significant energy in manufacturing.

Liquid decking

Pros – Liquid deck coatings, generally urethane-based, are long-lasting and easily repaired. When the coating is worn, rather than needing to remove the material, another coat is simply added. This saves tons of waste.

Cons – Liquid coatings are chemical, some properties are toxic in the liquid form, disposal of unused material requires special processing to protect the environment.

The most environmentally friendly deck material

The materials mentioned above have varying issues for the environment ranging from inability to recycle, energy inefficiency, short lifespan, the volume of waste, and toxic chemical concerns. There is one material, that overcomes all these shortcomings while looking fantastic in any home: Cellular PVC.

Cellular PVC, marketed as a composite deck material, is 100% PVC. Unlike traditional composite decking, it’s 100% recyclable. At Citywide Sundecks, we install the cellular PVC brand, AZEK.

AZEK cellular PVC

Through our years of experience in deck construction and restoration, we’ve seen a lot of different decking materials and brands. Above them all, AZEK stands out for their research-based sustainable manufacturing and beautiful product.

The Most Eco-Friendly Decking Material
AZEK Arbor Hazelwood
Azek Slate Gray

Each year, AZEK Building Products reduces the amount of trash sent to landfills by recycling and reusing the majority of waste material during manufacturing. The AZEK Deck line is manufactured from up to 36% recycled material.

Annually, over 100,000 trees are saved by using AZEK cellular PVC products over wood or composite decking. Not only is their product helping forests, but the company recently drove a successful #sharesfortrees campaign for Earth Day, donating $5k for 5,000 planted trees through the National Forest Foundation.

AZEK is safe. Made without the use of urea or formaldehyde, AZEK Building Products are certified by the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).  

Beyond being an environmentally-friendly choice for any homeowner, AZEK has many other benefits. It’s one of the most durable, low maintenance, and beautiful materials used in decking. Unlike composite or timber decking, it holds up when in direct contact with soil or water for extended periods of time. Because it’s entirely plastic, it can be heated and molded into incredible curved and circular designs for one-of-a-kind results.  

If you’re considering a new deck and are interested in a beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly product, consider AZEK.


For a free quote on your new AZEK deck, call 604-786-3325 or fill out the form below.

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We pride ourselves on our expertise in quality decks and railings for all kinds of homes and venues. Not only are we the top Duradek distributor in the region, but we are also known for offering a wide variety of the latest decking solutions to suit every taste.


  • “Paul and his team are wonderful to work with. Our high expectations and unusual detailed challenges were met with enthusiasm. Another job well done.”

    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

  • Amazing service. Friendly, prompt, really good product. The installers are wonderful and skilled, friendly. I really would recommend this company. I like the range of products they offer and they took time to explain all my options.

    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta


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