Decking Ideas: 2 Simple Tips to Extending the Life of Your Wahoo Aluminum Deck

Decking Ideas: 2 Simple Tips to Extending the Life of Your Wahoo Aluminum Deck

Your Wahoo aluminum deck – your outdoor living area – is your happy place. You designed your deck to be an oasis where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors.

When you are looking for decking ideas, you are careful and thoughtful. Your deck is also an investment. Therefore, you want it to last and to retain it’s beauty for many years to come.

To make sure your Wahoo aluminum deck lasts, you simply need to only do two things:

  1. Regular safety inspections
  2. Keep It Clean

A low maintenance aluminum deck is built to last but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more you can do to keep your deck looking brand new all year long. These two simple deck ideas and tips will insure that you not only have a safe deck but a beautiful one!

Yet, even if you are not yet a Wahoo Decks aluminum deck owner, these same two tips apply.

Of course, there will likely be additional maintenance but these two points are a good place to start in maintaining your deck!

1. Check Your Deck

“Twice a year – usually in spring and fall – it’s a good idea to check on the structure and overall state of your deck” (5 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Outdoor Wooden Deck).

  • Check for split or decaying wood.
  • Keep an eye out for holes, which could mean insects have burrowed in and made a home.
  • Check for a widened gap between the house and the ledger, which may signal that the bolts need tightening.
  • Flashing around the ledger board prevents moisture from building up and causing rot. Look to see if it has pulled away from the house, and make sure caulk that seals overlapping pieces is intact. Inspect for mud or debris stuck between the spacer and the exterior wall, a sign the flashing’s been breached.
  • Firmly grasp and wriggle railing to make sure they’re secure. Also double-check whether they meet local codes, which generally call for a railing at least 3 feet high with balusters spaced no wider than 4 inches apart.
  • Look for loose connections between posts and the deck’s beams.

2. Keep Your Deck Clean

“Don’t let leaves, sticks, and so forth pile up on your deck.” (5 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Outdoor Wooden Deck).

  • Be on the lookout for bees and wasps that may be building nests, and treat the area accordingly. Don’t have lights on all night around your deck, as this attracts bugs – if you want lighting on your deck at night, choose a variety that does not attract insects.
  • Clean your aluminum deck regularly. This can be done with warm water and soap. The best method of cleaning your aluminum deck is by regular washing using a solution of warm water and non‐abrasive, pH neutral detergent. Your AridDek aluminum deck surface should be thoroughly rinsed after cleaning to remove all residues. AridDek should be cleaned using a soft cloth or sponge or a natural bristle brush.

By cleaning your aluminum deck regularly or as needed, you are protecting an investment and keeping your deck in excellent condition. Cleaning your AridDek watertight aluminum deck will only prolong the longevity of an already long lasting deck!

About Wahoo Decks

Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of award-winning outdoor products. Wahoo products have been engineered to be uniquely low maintenance and more resistant to natural elements than traditional decking products. Wahoo Decks offers AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking product and Fortis, a non-watertight aluminum deck board. Additionally, Wahoo Decks, offers DryJoist and DryJoistEZ, a revolutionary waterproof and structural aluminum joist system, Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits, and Wahoo Complete, an all-in-one pre-fabricated aluminum balcony product. For more information about Wahoo Decks, visit http://www.WahooDecks.com.

Why Should I Use Aluminum Decking For My Outdoor Living Space?

Why Should I Use Aluminum Decking For My Outdoor Living Space?

We get calls and emails from potential customers every week. Invariably, one of them always asks: Why should I use aluminum decking for my outdoor living space? Most people think of traditional wood products for their deck design ideas, like pressure-treated pine or exotic hardwoods. Yet, there are other options when it comes to building a deck or replacing their current decking surface. Many of our customers have discovered the advantages of Wahoo Decks’ waterproof aluminum decks and structural deck drainage systems.

Aluminum Deck Boards: Same Conveniences Of Traditional Wood, But With Many Advantages

Watertight Surface

Unlike traditional wood or composite decking options, Ariddek aluminum deck boards interlock to create a watertight walking surface.  This feature creates a dry under deck area so you can enjoy your outdoor living space, rain or shine. Place a hammock or a swing under your deck, relax, and watch the rain. Or park the lawnmower and other tools under your deck to keep them out of the elements. Even better, create a workspace and complete outdoor projects year-round!

If your deck is not elevated enough, or if you don’t need dry space below your deck, Fortis aluminum deck boards offer the benefits of aluminum decking without the watertight feature.  Fortis has grooves on the sides of each panel that accept hidden fastener clips– just like grooved wood or composite decking materials.

Low Maintenance Decking Options

Aside from ease of installation and deck design benefits, homeowners love the fact Ariddek and Fortis aluminum deck boards are low-maintenance decking options – definitely requiring less maintenance than wood or composite decking.  Aluminum decking is a lot more resistant to elements, such as water, sunlight, pests.  It can also be resistant to fire that can damage other types of decking materials. Also, you never need to stain or seal the powder coated aluminum finish.  Clean your aluminum deck periodically (depending on conditions) with a mild soap and soft brush.  No pressure washer is required! (As a matter of fact, we recommend against the use of pressure washers or chemical cleaners, because they could potentially damage paint or cause abrasions to the surface of your deck boards.)

Marine Applications

Ariddek and Fortis decking surfaces are also excellent for marine applications.  Our marine-grade aluminum decking is not susceptible to the same warping, rotting, splitting and fading problems that are encountered with wood and composite decking in marine environments. Ariddek is also the perfect deck surface for in upper-level sun decks, or party decks, on boat docks. Ariddek creates an attractive and low-maintenance upper deck for your dock that will also protect and cha

Why Should I Use Aluminum Decking For My Outdoor Living Space?

With aluminum decking materials from Wahoo Decks, regular maintenance expense is a thing of the past. Aluminum decking materials never rot, chip, warp, or splinter; unlike these wooden deck planks that have buckled due to exposure to moisture and heat.

nnel rain away from boats, personal watercraft, and outdoor furniture.

Some of our biggest fans are actually the smallest. Kids and pets love aluminum deck surfaces! Aluminum decks stay cooler to the touch than wood or composite decking when exposed to extreme temperatures because aluminum decking reflects and dissipates heat much better than more dense wood and composite decking materials.

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Do you have questions about refitting your outdoor living space?
Contact us today for samples or a quote!

Or click here to download a copy of our deck design guide!

Why Are Pre-Fabricated Aluminum Balcony Systems So Popular?

Why Are Pre-Fabricated Aluminum Balcony Systems So Popular?

Adding pre-fabricated aluminum balcony systems to your existing structure delivers many benefits. People prefer apartments and offices with access to the outdoors. It may seem frivolous, but humans value their time in nature. And your tenants on the sixth floor deserve an outdoor space as much as your lucky ground floor tenants.

Bolting on aluminum balconies is a simple solution to this basic human need. Here are more pre-fabricated aluminum balcony system facts that make them so popular.

Aluminum Balconies Provide Outdoor Living Spaces

A balcony creates a new outdoor living space which is something we can all use more of. What better way to enhance a property than to provide a nice place to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine? People on the ground floor have it easy. But those of us on the second and tenth floors also deserve to have an outdoor space to relax and enjoy. Pre-fabricated aluminum balcony systems are an easy solution to this vital need.

Aluminum Balconies Increase Property Value

Pre-fabricated aluminum balconies are a smart investment. Installing them will boost your property value right away. And guess what? You can charge tenants a little more for units with balconies. Those add-ons will pay for themselves in no time with your higher lease rates.

Pre-Fabricated Aluminum Balcony Systems Are Easy to Install

A fabricator will use your building’s dimensions to create balcony systems just for you. This makes the balconies easy to install. It takes a few support beams and some sturdy bolts, and your balconies are ready to go for many years of enjoyment. There’s no need to shut down operation for weeks while your contractor installs the units.

Aluminum Balconies Will Last for Decades

Unlike wood balconies and railings, aluminum will never rot away. Aluminum will withstand decades of punishment from Mother Nature. It never has to be re-sealed to keep water out. It will never give you splinters in your feet. Aluminum balconies are easy to maintain and will last for many years on your property.

Some Aluminum Balconies Offer Weather Protection Below

There are a few aluminum deck systems on the market that channel water away from the surface. One example is the DryJoist decking system. These decks serve a secondary purpose by providing shelter from the rain below the deck. Say you install balconies above each other. The balconies below have built-in umbrellas provided by their neighbors’ decks.

Wahoo Decks’ Pre-Fabricated Aluminum Balcony System Solutions

If you are ready to upgrade your Atlanta-area property, Wahoo Decks has the balconies you want. Our team will create the right balconies to enhance your building’s functionality. Call Wahoo Decks today at (678) 343-2317 to get started on your pre-fabricated aluminum balcony system design.

What Are the Top Benefits of Aluminum Decking?

What Are the Top Benefits of Aluminum Decking?

If you are replacing your old wood deck, the benefits of aluminum decking make it the most logical choice. Aluminum decks last much longer than wood ones. Even if you perform routine maintenance on a wood deck, it will rot away in about 20 years. In contrast, an aluminum deck will last a lifetime. They make your yard more attractive and functional. They are a cost-effective alternative to wood. Here are a few more great benefits of aluminum decking.

 

Aluminum Decks Are Longer Lasting Than Wood

Moisture, sun exposure, and mildew destroy wood decks in a few years. Wood absorbs any moisture it’s exposed to, whether it comes from the sky or an ill-placed sprinkler. Absorbing water softens the wood and causes it to swell. If the wood stays soaked for a long time, mildew will grow on the wood and discolor the surface. When the wood lays in direct sunlight it dries out. This constant cycle of swelling and drying can cause the wood to crack and splinter over time.

Aluminum decks cannot absorb moisture. And in fact, some aluminum decking materials have water-diverting channels built in. If you have an area underneath the deck you don’t want wet, these aluminum decks could be what you have been looking for.

Aluminum Decks Don’t Attract Pests

As with any wood structure, termites and other boring insects can cause major damage to a wood deck. Until Mother Nature comes up with a metal-eating termite, your aluminum deck is safe from pest damage.

Aluminum Decks Are More Sustainable Than Wood

There is never a shortage of aluminum for fabricating decks and other structures. Piles of recyclable aluminum do the world no good just sitting there. But trees play a pivotal role in Earth’s ecosystems. Without trees, none of us would be here because there would be no oxygen in the air. It’s true that lumber companies replace the trees they harvest. But you don’t have to worry about that problem with aluminum. Choosing an aluminum deck saves several trees’ lives.

Aluminum Decks Are Low Maintenance

It is possible to extend the life of a wood deck with yearly care. But cleaning, repairing, and re-sealing a deck is expensive and backbreaking work. Some experts estimate it could cost up to $450 each year to maintain the average wood deck. When you choose an aluminum deck, all you have to do is hose it down and you’re done. It doesn’t get much more low-maintenance than that.

Reap the Benefits of Aluminum Decking

Wahoo Decks is North Atlanta’s preferred source for aluminum decking. We engineer our products for flexible design options, fast installation, and weather resistance. Call Wahoo Decks today to get your aluminum decking quote.

The Evolution of the Deck Board

The Evolution of the Deck Board

When it comes to choosing the right deck board today, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the choices.

It wasn’t too long ago that there weren’t as many options when considering the deck board.

Now, you can choose from a variety of types of decking. They include pressure-treated wood, composite, aluminum, redwood, cedar, and many more.

Let’s take a look at how the evolution of the deck board has changed over time.

“Thirty years ago it was easy to choose the perfect decking material. People generally chose their deck board from among the few options then available, namely, pressure treated lumber, cedar, or, more seldom redwood” (A Modern History of Decking Materials). At this time, wood decking was very different than the decking made today. “Back then decking materials were made from first-generation trees” (A Modern History of Decking Material). This meant that the trees were slow grown and yielded a higher density. That makes the wood more resistant to rot and insects. Trees grown today are made to grow quickly. They are grown from tree farms and do not necessarily share the same properties as first-generation trees.

There are several types of wood decking:

Pressure-Treated Decking Board

Pressure-Treated Lumber

Most PT decking is milled from southern yellow pine and chemically treated to resist rot, fungus, and insects. “The downside of PT lumber is that it’s not very dimensionally stable, so it has a tendency to crack, split and warp. And routine maintenance is necessary to prolong the life and look of the deck” (Your Ultimate Guide to the 5 Material that Make a Modern Deck).

Redwood Deck Board

Redwood and Cedar

The Redwood and Cedar options have been popular for over 50 years and contain tannins and oils that make them naturally resistant to rot, decay, and voracious insects. However, to maintain the wood’s natural color you’ll need to apply a stain and power wash and coat the finish every three to four years.

Tropical Hardwood Decking

Tropical Hardwoods

It’s true that “tropical hardwoods have been available since the 1960s and have remained a popular choice in decking for the past 50 years” (A Modern History of Decking). But “…hardwood harvesting is an environmental concern in many parts of the world, the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approves hardwood harvested in a sustainable manner” (A Modern History of Decking). While these exotic woods are extremely hard and durable while also being naturally resistant to rot and insects, the amount and speed of fading depends upon the deck’s exposure to the sun, rain, and snow.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking

“The Early 1990s saw the birth of composite decking board” (A Modern History of Decking). This was due to the scarcity of first generation trees and the backlash of boards made of less mature trees, which proved to be of poorer quality. Composite boards combine wood fiber with plastic, also known as WPCs. However, over time, even WPCs began to show sign of undesirable properties. “WPCs were built from thermoplastics and wood flour – often recycled – which would sag, crumble, crack, split, expand and contract dramatically over time when installed and left baking in direct sunlight” (A Modern History of Decking).

In the early 2000s companies began to phase out the “weak link” in composite decking which led to the making of PVC, a plastic decking board. While plastic is low maintenance and will never need to be sanded, refinished, or stained, it can cause issues for those living in areas that experience a great deal of heat. In a study done by Wahoo Decks in 90-degree weather, plastic was actually the hottest when compared to other decking boards.

Check out the video to see how AridDek aluminum decking, pressure treated pine, IPE, PVC, and composite fare in 90-degree weather in Georgia.

Capstock Deck Board

Capstock Deck Board

In 2009, the decking market saw the rise of Capstock decking. Capstock is a combination of composites and plastics. Capstock is environmentally friendly and offered in a variety of shades. However, there’s no substitute for proper installation and sealing. Otherwise, swelling can occur in the deck board. “And, over time, as water seeps into the decking, it’s safe to assume that the softwood fibers within the deck board itself will soak up that material and start to produce mold” (What is Capstock Decking?). These are all factors to consider when it comes to Capstock decking.

The latest technology in decking is aluminum, such as AridDek by Wahoo Decks. While aluminum is newest to the family of deck boards, it is ideal for many reasons. “When compared with wood, composite and plastic lumber, aluminum decking is three to four times lighter, yet two to three times stronger. The same saws and carbide-tipped blades can cut this wood” (Your Ultimate Guide to the 5 Materials That Make a Modern Deck).  Aluminum is also top notch when it comes to safety as it is slip resistant and fireproof. Also, you’ll feel good helping to protect the environment by using 100% recyclable aluminum, an environmentally-friendly decking material.

“The technologically advanced decking products boast a number of different attributes and offer deck builders and homeowners a greater range of choices than ever before.” – LBM, The Deck Issue, April 2013

From wood to aluminum; decking has changed quite a bit over the years. There are a variety of products available. Furthermore, the decking industry continues to grow and transform. So, we can be sure that the deck board will also only continue to evolve.

About Wahoo Decks:

Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of award-winning outdoor decking products. Wahoo products have been engineered to be uniquely low maintenance and more resistant to natural elements than traditional decking products. Wahoo Decks offers AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking product,  DryJoistEZ (U.S. Pat. No. 8,276,344), a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits. For more information about Wahoo Decks, visit www.WahooDecks.com.

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Learn More About Powder Coated Aluminum for Decks

Learn More About Powder Coated Aluminum for Decks

One of the benefits of using powder coated aluminum for decks is the simplicity it brings to decking materials.

Powder coated aluminum for decks products are easy to clean, durable, and can withstand harsh environmental conditions. But what exactly is powder coating and how does it affect the aluminum of Wahoo Decks?

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. It is mainly used for coating metals, in the case of Wahoo Decks’ products, the extrusions are powder coated. “Aluminum powder coating is the technique of applying dry paint to an aluminum product by electrostatically charging the powder and spraying it onto the product” (Powder Coating Aluminum and Metal).

Check out the video to see the process aluminum for decks goes through to be powder coated.

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Some of the advantages of powder coating aluminum for decks are:

  • They emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • The coatings are much thicker than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging
  • Eco-Friendly fully recyclable powder coating overspray
  • Finally, powder coating production lines produce less than hazardous waste the conventional

The aluminum must then go through tests which include salt spray testing and outdoor exposure testing.

We’ve talked a bit about corrosion resistance of aluminum and a salt spray test can measure the corrosion resistance of powder-coated aluminum. Test duration depends on the corrosion resistance of the coating. Therefore, the longer the period in testing without showing signs of corrosion, the more corrosion resistant the coating is. Wahoo Decks’ aluminum decking withstands 1500 hours of salt spray testing in 5% salt solution.

Another test to make sure your aluminum deck from Wahoo Decks can withstand external conditions, such as weather, is the outdoor exposure test. The South Florida Outdoor Exposure test involves exposing powder coated samples for a year in South Florida at a 45-degree angle facing south. The exposure site must be inland at least 3.2 km (2 miles) with no apparent adhesion loss, slight chalking, or fading.

Also, after the powder coating and the tests, Wahoo Decks goes even further to ensure you get the most out of your deck by warranting our aluminum products.  This warranty provides a leak-proof guarantee and a limited lifetime warranty.

Read Wahoo Decks Warranty:

Choosing a product such as powder coated aluminum means you get a deck that lasts and is low maintenance. Whether you are adding a deck to your home for the first time or simply want to redesign an existing deck, Wahoo Decks has a perfect aluminum product for you. Also, we can help you decide what product will be best to use on your deck. Wahoo Decks offers aluminum decking products that work great for building decks in all shapes and sizes. Choose from AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking board and DryJoistEZ, a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and add Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits. For more information about Wahoo Decks, visit www.WahooDecks.com or call (877) 270-9387 and start planning for your dream deck today!

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Powder Coating Aluminum and Metal

Powder Coating Plant Equipment [Video]

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Powder Coating