Deck Design Ideas: What Size Deck Should I Have?

Deck Design Ideas: What Size Deck Should I Have?

Looking for deck design ideas? We can help!

Decided you want to build a deck but you need help with deck design ideas? If you don’t know where to start, this is normal. There are many things to consider. Probably one of the first things you need to think about when building a deck is the size you want your deck to be.

The size of your deck can depend on many other outside factors, such as budget, space, and your surroundings. After examining these things you can easily decide what the perfect size of your deck should be.

What’s Your Budget?

Knowing what your budget is before you get too immersed in the design planning of building your deck is very important. When budgeting, think about the cost of decking materials and labor. After you’ve come up with a budget that you are content with, it’s time to start thinking about the space you’ll want or need for your deck.

How Will You Use It?

Ask yourself when you begin to design, “What will I be using my deck for?” Answering this question will help you size the deck to your needs. For example, if you plan on throwing a lot of outdoor parties, you may want to remember to keep your deck larger so that there is plenty of room for seats, people, and tables. Once you know how you are going to use the space, sketch out the deck size and then place everything you’ll use there. Don’t forget your furniture, plants, grills, or seats. Keep in mind the area under your deck when you are planning the measurements of your deck. The under-deck can be used for outdoor living or storage. If you choose a waterproof decking product, such as AridDek or DryJoistEZ structural deck drainage system, the space will also be protected from the rain.

What Is Your Space Like?

The space and size of your deck can also depend on your surroundings, like the size of your house and yard. “A deck’s scale should reference the size of the house and yard proportionately” (Establishing An Appropriate Scale).  Consider what size of deck will best balance the house and surroundings. Ask yourself, “How much space do I really need?” You may want a wrap-around deck and if that’s the case, just remember how large a yard you have. Same goes for even if you want a small petite deck, you must have the proper amount of yard for your decking project and this must be considered. For best results when sizing your deck, use 2’ increments, an example of these types of measurements would be: 10’ x 12’, 12’ X 14’, or 14’ X 16’.

We Can Help You with Deck Design Ideas

Once you have your measurements for your deck, your deck designing and building can begin! Wahoo Decks can help you decide what product will be best to use on your deck. Wahoo Decks offers aluminum decking products that can be used to build decks in all shapes and sizes. Choose from AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking board,  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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Establishing an Appropriate Scale

Do Aluminum Decks Rust?

Do Aluminum Decks Rust?

You may be considering an aluminum deck but are wondering, do aluminum decks rust? It’s a question that we get asked often here at Wahoo Decks and it’s a relevant question. Many fear that because aluminum is metal your  aluminum deck will eventually rust.  Even so, the fact of the matter is that aluminum decks do not rust.

How Rust Can Affect Aluminum

However, aluminum can corrode. First, let’s address how rust can actually affect aluminum and what you can do to prevent it.  When oxygen comes in contact with iron-containing metals, it will eventually rust.  However, aluminum does not contain iron and therefore, does not rust. If you see what seems to be rust on your aluminum, it is more likely a stain from a metal it has come into contact with.

Example

A common decking example of this happening would be if you used stainless steel fasteners on aluminum decks. The aluminum will not rust, but the steel fasteners might.  This could cause rust to stain the aluminum. The best way of preventing this from happening is by using steel fasteners with a zinc coating. All of Wahoo Decks’ stainless steel fasteners have a zinc coating to prevent rusting. In the Galvanic series of metals and alloys, aluminum and Zinc are side by side. Therefore, zinc does not increase corrosion of the base metal and is safe to use with aluminum. However, if you use a stainless steel fastener without a zinc coating, rust and corrosion will occur. When it comes to building with aluminum always use stainless steel with a zinc coating to avoid staining.

How Can Aluminum Corrode

Now that we’ve answered the question of how rust can affect aluminum, it’s time to take a look at how aluminum can corrode.  Corrosion can happen in certain scenarios. To understand this, you need a better comprehension of the physics of aluminum and the process known as Galvanic Corrosion.

galvanic corrosion occurring between aluminum and copper“When two dissimilar metals are immersed in an electrolyte solution, a battery is created. The electrolyte solution serves as a bridge between the two metals and effectively closes half of an electrical loop. When the two dissimilar metals come into contact, the electrical loop is closed, and the natural voltage differential between them causes electron flow. One metal will become the anode (negative) and one will become the cathode (positive)” (Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum).

Galvanic Corrosion

Often Galvanic Corrosion takes place when aluminum comes in contact with a metal like copper, in or near saltwater. Saltwater is a perfect example of an electrolyte solution. ACQ lumber is a very common decking board.  However, due to its high copper content, ACQ is corrosive to many metals, like aluminum.  The ACQs’ highly conductive copper, along with oxygen and rain water cause Galvanic Corrosion of the bare metals. Therefore, untreated, mill finish steel or aluminum should not have intimate contact with ACQ treated lumber for extended periods of time, especially in the presence of water. Keep in mind, the severity of corrosion will depend on the two metals that are in contact with one another.

If aluminum is the primary metal, the Galvanic Corrosion process takes many years to occur or may not even happen. If concrete is in contact with aluminum, Galvanic Corrosion will occur at a faster rate and will be more severe.

galvanic corrosion on aluminum

In this particular case, Galvanic Corrosion took place on an aluminum rail post. Inside the aluminum post was a steel bolt that began to corrode once the post was in contact with saltwater

Preventative Measures to avoid Galvanic Corrosion

Using a rubber membrane along joists is an added protective step to take to prevent Galvanic Corrosion.

Using a rubber membrane along joists is an added protective step to take to prevent Galvanic Corrosion.

Use a Butyl rubber membrane deck protector on joists if the decking comes in contact with a product like pressure-treated wood. This is especially necessary if you are located near  saltwater. A Butyl rubber membrane is highly weather resistant and flexible. In addition, use a rubber membrane when installing a deck on or near concrete to prevent Galvanic Corrosion occurring.

Another preventative measure is to use a marine grade alloy to begin with. There are way too many different aluminums to list.  Each one has different qualities and special uses. “It is imperative that the proper alloy is selected to realize aluminum’s reputation as highly corrosion-resistant metal in marine applications” (Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum).

How Wahoo Decks’ products resist aluminum corrosion

  1. Wahoo Decks’ aluminum boards are watertight. This prevents water (electrolytes) from becoming the catalyst for Galvanic Corrosion.
  2. Wahoo Decks uses a 6005-T5 series marine grade aluminum with a polyester powder coated finish; the finish provides a protective barrier between dissimilar metals.
  3. All of Wahoo Decks’ stainless steel fasteners have a 410 Zinc coating. The Zinc coating prevents the corrosion of the fastener and also protects against a Galvanic Corrosion between the aluminum and the steel in the fastener.

About Wahoo Decks:

Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of award winning outdoor decking products. Our 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 a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and Wahoo Rail a complete line of aluminum railing kits. Additional information about Wahoo Decks can be found on www.WahooDecks.com or by calling (877) 270-2317.

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Aluminum’s Corrosion Resistance

Why Aluminum Decking Is Great for Vacation Homes

Why Aluminum Decking Is Great for Vacation Homes

Even when compared to other, more common alternatives, aluminum decking is great for vacation homes. Some people are prone to sticking with what they know. This could mean settling for hardwood, composites, or high-density plastics. While these options have some benefits, they all fall short when stacked alongside quality aluminum decking.

Keep reading for a look at aluminum decking’s advantages—both short and long-term—for your vacation home. You might just find yourself rethinking some prior beliefs about what a deck should be.

Aluminum’s Superior Fade and Warp Resistance

Wood might be a common deck material, but aluminum is up to three times as strong. As a metal, it offers better structural support and rigidity, which minimizes the risk of sagging. Straightening deck boards that have warped or bent can be a nightmare. It’s a wise choice to focus on prevention. You can even incorporate large planters on your deck, and the material would hold up the same.

With Aluminum, you also avoid weather-related complications, thanks to its nonabsorbent properties. Being resistant to moisture means no warping, fading, splintering, or cracking over time. Unlike composite materials, it isn’t susceptible to mold. It’s also better suited for holding off saltwater and strong sea breezes near the coast.

A Lower Maintenance Deck

Even if you’re happy to install a high-quality deck, that doesn’t mean you should have to keep working on it. The extra effort can take the fun out of any vacation. Wooden deck maintenance can get very time-consuming and expensive over time. This is because of the need for costly sealing on a regular basis, as well as damage from insects like termites and carpenter ants.

Aluminum decking doesn’t need sealing. Aside from being resistant to pests and their damage, all it needs is occasional cleaning. Keeping the surface free of debris is the extent of the regular maintenance necessary for aluminum decks. This makes them much less of a hassle compared to other options.

Spend Less and Relax More with Aluminum

Wooden or composite decks might seem cheaper at first, but aluminum lasts much longer. It also does a better job of maintaining its appearance and reliability over time. It can essentially pay for itself throughout its lifespan.

A high-quality aluminum deck can also boost your vacation home’s resale value. This is helpful if you ever decide you want to find a new spot for your vacation time. And even if that sale isn’t going to take place until well into the future, you can rest assured that an aluminum deck will hold its value in the interim.

To learn more about why aluminum decking is great for vacation homes or to get a quote for a new deck, contact our experts at Wahoo Decks. Make the most of your deck and start spending more time outside today!

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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Contact us today for samples or a quote!

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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.