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Why Aluminum Decking Is Perfect For Your Dock Space

Why Aluminum Decking Is Perfect For Your Dock Space

When you are choosing decking for your dock, the choices can seem overwhelming.

Our AridDek® Waterproof Deck System and Fortis® Aluminum Decking  are ideal alternatives to traditional dock decking materials that were developed with marine applications in mind.

1. Aluminum Decking Is Easy to Clean

Never stain or re-seal your dock again! Simply clean your aluminum decking periodically with soap and warm water to keep your decking looking fresh and new. Aluminum never has to be pressure washed and you won’t need to use any harsh chemicals.

2. Stability And Reliability

Over time, wooden docks can rot; but not if you use aluminum decking. Not only is it a very stable material, it also does not materially degrade; even with intense exposure to sunlight and water. This makes your dock or gangway impervious to insect damage, rot, and other types of decay.

3. Aluminum Decking Is Lightweight

Both AridDek and Fortis are lightweight. Making them easier to install than many other materials, and making them ideal for upper deck applications.

4. Slip-Resistant

Your dock or gangway may be near the water, but that doesn’t mean you need to risk slipping! Aluminum decking is slip-resistant because of its ribbed texture and powder coated finish. 

5. Cool to the Touch

Have you ever suffered the dread of burnt feet after stepping up from the water? With aluminum’s high thermal conductivity and our lighter color options, AridDek and Fortis provide a surface that naturally stays cooler to the touch year-round than other decking materials. 
Want to learn more? See our heat test video here! 

Would you like to learn more about aluminum decking options for your dock or gangway? Visit our marine decking page and shoot us a message!

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Patio And Deck Trends 2021

Patio And Deck Trends 2021

While trends are fleeting, starting with a quality made aluminum decking materials from Wahoo Decks gives you a solid, long-lasting deck space in which to create your ideal outdoor oasis. Allow us to be your inspiration for decking trends this year.

Installing Deck Lighting In a Totally Dry Under Deck Area | Wahoo Decks Aluminum Decking & Deck Railing 1

1. Deck Lighting

The entertaining doesn’t have to stop when the sun sets. Using deck lighting can be aesthetically pleasing while being functional. With multiple options to choose from, there is a lighting style appropriate for your deck.

 

  • Post Cap Lights
  • Side Mount Lights
  • Under Rail Lights
  • Stair & Step Lights
  • Landscape Lights
Fortis Aluminum Decking On Dock Beside Lake With Table And Chairs

2. Accessories

Adding thoughtfully placed accessories on your deck is a great way to display your individuality. Some examples include:

 

  • Flower boxes
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Storage boxes
  • Seating options
DryJoistEZ Screened-In Porch

3. Add Another Level

Using a deck drainage system like DryJoistEZ or a waterproof deck system like AridDek makes it easy to create a second deck level with completely dry deck space below. These materials allow you to maximize storage space or living space and increase usable the living space of your home.

Fortis Aluminum Decking Installation

4. Use Low-Maintenance Decking Materials

The upgrades you make to your home’s surrounding area should be beautiful, while fulfilling a purpose and not add to your workload. When choosing a decking material, there’s no need to choose a high maintenance deck that will be more work than enjoyment. Saving time and money with Wahoo Decks aluminum decking options will guarantee enjoyment of your deck for years to come.
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Looking for Custom Deck Design Options? Look No Further!

Looking for Custom Deck Design Options? Look No Further!

Everyone has different preferences and uses for their deck. This is why finding out about custom deck design options from Wahoo Decks is a great place to start.

When you’re getting started, you need to consider whether you want to utilize extra areas underneath your new deck.

For Custom Decks without Dry Areas Underneath

If you’ve decided you want a deck, but you don’t need the area underneath to stay dry for storage or living spaces, the Fortis option could make sense for you. This aluminum deck board is similar to conventional wood planks in function but without the maintenance needs. It never needs any sealing and requires only occasional cleaning.

Fortis does more than help you to steer clear of damage from bad weather and pests. It provides owners with durability and ease of installation. The non-watertight surface doesn’t become hot in direct sunlight and is also non-skid for added safety.

For Custom Deck Design Options with Dry Areas Beneath

When you wish to take advantage of all the available space in your yard, under-deck areas are essential. However, they only work if you can keep them dry, which means selecting the right material for the job. AridDek waterproof aluminum decking is one option that does more than provide a surface for your new deck. It also serves as a drainage system. This includes an integrated gutter design that ensures the area underneath has protection from moisture.

The AridDek boards fit together snugly in a tight formation, forcing the majority of rainfall to roll off the surface entirely. Any water that manages to get through the groves gets funneled into the gutter system. This keeps the area under your deck clear, even in heavy precipitation.

Get a Professional Deck Consultation and Quote

Regardless of the space, you have or the features, you want the most important part of any new deck project is the provider. Wahoo Decks has built a reputation for providing only the highest-quality decking materials available. Our aluminum materials will outlast the competition. We aim to give you many more years and spare you the costs of repairs for long-term financial benefits.

Reach out to our team of professionals for a quote, consultation, or to request more information.

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 for 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 aluminum decking benefits without the watertight feature.  Fortis has grooves on each panel’s sides 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 encountered with wood and composite decking in marine environments. Ariddek is also the perfect deck surface for 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 channel rain.

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.ain 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.

Have More Questions

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

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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).

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 them must go through tests which include salt spray testing and outdoor exposure testing. We’ve talked a bit about corrosion resistance of aluminum and the salt spray test that 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 a 5% salt solution. Another test to make sure your aluminum deck 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 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 us online or call (877) 270-9387 and start planning for your dream deck today!

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 excellent 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 significant 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. Lumber companies indeed 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.