How Snow Affects Your Aluminum Deck Safety

How Snow Affects Your Aluminum Deck Safety

One question that may pop into your mind about safety as winter rolls in is how snow affects your aluminum deck safety.

If you live in colder areas where snow can build up, the safety of your aluminum deck can be something of a concern. Even areas that don’t typically see a lot of snowfall are being pummeled lately, so folks who haven’t had to worry about ice and snow in the past are now concerned with building decking surfaces that will be able to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Wahoo aluminum decks and decking surfaces are not only durable and water resistant; they are also extremely versatile and engineered to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. This gives you peace of mind regarding aluminum deck safety and enjoying the winter weather while you anticipate Spring time.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure the safety of your aluminum deck under snow loads.

1. Build a structurally sound deck to begin with!

If you are building a deck it is crucial that you follow all building codes. Products by Wahoo Decks, such as DryJoistEZ structural deck drainage system, comply with all current International Building Codes. Wahoo Decks also offers assistance with the engineering of building decks by providing 3rd party engineering reports for load span capabilities. Just by knowing the limitations of the decking material you are using can make the difference between having a structurally sound deck or an unstable one. Learn more about the load span of Wahoo Decks’ aluminum deck materials.

2. Seasonal Inspections

Inspecting your deck will help you catch any red flags before they turn into a problem. It is important to inspect before winter so that you can help to prevent accidents or even a collapse. Also, check your deck before beginning to use it in the spring and summer, especially if you had a heavy snowfall during your winter months. As the saying goes, “better safe than sorry!”

Click here for great tips to go by when inspecting the safety of your deck.

3. Clear excessive snow routinely

Use materials that will not scratch or otherwise harm your decking surface (especially AridDek or other Wahoo Decks aluminum deck boards), such as, plastic shovels, push brooms, and warm water. Clearing your deck in the winter months will help prevent harm from snow and ice; it will also keep your deck looking great for spring.

Aluminum deck safety is a top priority when it comes to manufacturing Wahoo Decks aluminum decking products such as AridDek, DryJoist, DryJoistEZ, and Wahoo Rail. If you are building a deck and anticipate snow loads, visit Wahoo Decks. You can also contact us to learn more about all of Wahoo Decks’ aluminum decking products or call (877) 270-9387 if you have any questions.

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Deck-Collapse-Report by Michael Morse, Brittany Corwin, Robert Morse, and Andrew Johnson

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10 Benefits of Using AridDek Aluminum Rooftop Decking

Ever considered aluminum rooftop decking?

Many businesses, hotels, restaurants, etc. are beginning to use their rooftop as extra space for patrons.

Aluminum rooftop decking is the perfect decking surface for these rooftop applications!

You know that AridDek is useful in many different types of applications, such as decking and docks, commercial and residential.

But did you know that AridDek is the perfect aluminum roof decking for rooftop applications?

In a majority of AridDek rooftop installations, a waterproof roof already existed, however, the architect or developer still decided to install AridDek. Not for its waterproof feature, but because AridDek aluminum decking is lightweight and durable as a walking surface.

Other benefits that make AridDek ideal as aluminum rooftop decking:

  • Powder-coated Finish: The powder-coated finish of AridDek provides a durable, non-slip surface for rooftop decking
  • Fire-Resistant: AridDek is a safe, fire-resistant walking surface, ideal for both residential and commercial applications
  • Light Weight: AridDek weighs one pound per linear foot, which makes AridDek easier to handle and much lighter than using concrete pavers
  • Durability of Aluminum: Rooftop decks face exposure to the elements 24/7; however, aluminum will not warp, rot, or decay over time
  • Recyclable: AridDek features 50% post-industrial/post-consumer scrap aluminum

Coors Party Deck at AT&T Park in San Francisco

From hospital rooftops to baseball stadiums, AridDek was designed and engineered for high traffic use in the most demanding applications.

AridDek’s interlocking aluminum decking boards create a seamless surface with an integrated hidden gutter system that channels water away and provides flexible sizing for any width or length of a rooftop deck. Each decking board is secured with a hidden fastener system, resulting in a gapless, skid-free, single layer watertight rooftop decking surface.

Whether commercial or residential, AridDek is ideal for any deck rooftop application!

Wahoo Decks’ aluminum decking is not only the highest quality but the best value you’ll find anywhere. Click here for more information and visit www.wahoodecks.com or call us today at 877-270-9387 to learn about rooftop options using AridDek!

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?

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

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

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.