Why DuraLife Is the Go-To Eco-Friendly Brand Built to Last


National Recycling Day may be November 15th, but DuraLife by Barrette Outdoor Living knows how important it is to go green year-round. From material composition and regrind use to cooling water reuse, lighting, and general recycling, DuraLife’s deck boards come in eight colors, but they’re all green on the inside. If you’re debating whether to use DuraLife in your next decking project, learning how environmentally friendly the products and the company are may help you make the right decision.

DuraLife products are made of up to 95% recycled content. Its composite decking is made of both post-industrial and post-consumer recycled content with no toxic chemicals or preservatives—they’re all free of formaldehyde. Manufacturing scraps are also able to be reclaimed back into sub boards to help reduce landfill. And its unique formulation makes DuraLife decking one of the lightest boards on the market.

DuraLife deck boards are also sustainable. They’re built to last longer than wood decks, and provide durable performance year after year. The ultra-low maintenance doesn’t require harsh chemicals for regular cleaning or refinishing either.

All of this starts in Biddeford, Maine, where Barrette Outdoor Living’s decking plant takes a green approach to manufacturing its DuraLife products. DuraLife decking contributes toward points in LEED and other green building rating systems. Up to 100% of the raw materials used to manufacture DuraLife products—including the hardwood “flour” (sawdust, wood chips, and wood fibers)—are sourced in the U.S., too.

Did You Know? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Its point system scores green building design and construction based on five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Barrette Outdoor Living’s Maine plant also uses a closed loop cooling system, which results in smart water discharge and reuse during the manufacturing process, and LED lighting throughout the facility, which keeps it energy efficient. It ships DuraLife products via center beam railcars and boxcars to reduce trucking and carbon emissions, too.

But it doesn’t stop there. Barrette Outdoor Living also has facilities in New Jersey and Florida that are going green. Both locations now run on energy provided by solar panels.

Between green products, energy efficient facilities, and overall smart reuse of natural resources, DuraLife is a go-to brand for anyone looking to upgrade their outdoor space while remaining eco-friendly. Make your home more sustainable by finding a DuraLife decking retailer near you now.