Looking for ways to make your deck more enjoyable? Our deck ideas can help! One of the more popular deck ideas these days is adding an outdoor fire pit to your living area. No matter what season it is, you can break out the fire pit with friends and family. After all, “According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces, are the number one requested design feature today,” (HGTV).
While portable fire pits are a lot of fun, there are some serious safety precautions to keep in mind when handling them.
Your outdoor fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
Avoid windy conditions by checking the weather forecast
Stay up to date on any burn bans that might be in effect
Pick up leaves and any other combustible materials in and around the fire pit
Keep a container of water nearby and a garden hose close
While you’re getting ready to entertain and considering all your deck ideas, bear in mind the location you put your fire pit. Do NOT put a portable fire pit on your deck if it is made of wood. This can be very dangerous! If you were to knock over the coals it can also ruin your deck’s walking surface. However, with AridDek aluminum deck boards, you’ll never have to worry about coals from your portable fire pit ruining or igniting your deck.
Check out this video to see how AridDek aluminum decking compares to other common decking options in a hot charcoal test:
Remember, you should always keep your portable fire pit at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
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, DryJoist and 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 http://www.WahooDecks.com.
What do you think of when you envision your perfect deck? You probably think about the size and type of decking you would use. However, you also need to plan on whether or not your perfect deck will have stairs. You’re likely not picturing aluminum deck stairs. However, maybe that should move to the top of your list!
There are a few benefits to adding deck stairs to your deck. A deck with stairs increases the value of your home. It also provides easy access to and from the deck to the yard. Also, they are aesthetically pleasing.
“Building deck stairs will provide ready access to the yard and add value to your home” (DIY Network).
Now that you’ve decided on stairs, you’ll need to decide what type of tread to use. Many homeowners and contractors will use the decking they built with as stair tread. For example, AridDek is an aluminum decking board commonly used for commercial and residential decks. But did you know AridDek can also the step tread for your deck stairs?
Here are a few benefits to using AridDek for your aluminum deck stairs:
Safety AridDek’s non-slip surface provides steady footing in wet or dry environments.
Durability Designed and engineered for high traffic use, AridDek decking is very durable. It is also naturally resistant to the deteriorating effects of direct sunlight and is fire resistant. AridDek is extremely resistant to staining, impervious to insects, and won’t splinter, decay, or rot.
Performance AridDek will not age or wear like alternative decking materials. The new appearance will show for years with occasional mild soap and water cleaning.
Cool to the touch AridDek’s high thermal conductivity will not retain heat, ensuring a cool to the touch surface even on a hot summer day.
Environmentally friendly Finally, AridDek is approximately 50% recycled aluminum. Using the recycled material consumes only 5% of the energy otherwise necessary to produce virgin aluminum. AridDek is a sustainable building product and environmentally responsible; aluminum is fully and repeatedly recyclable.
Are you building a deck for commercial or residential applications? Either way, Wahoo Decks is proud to offer AridDek aluminum decking as a durable and sustainable product for your deck. AridDek is a durable option that will leave your deck stairs looking and feeling brand new. For additional information about AridDek and Wahoo Decks products visit www.wahoodecks.com or feel free to call at 1-877-270-9387.
About Wahoo Decks
Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of award-winning outdoor decking products. Wahoo products are engineered to be uniquely low maintenance and more resistant to natural elements than traditional decking products. Wahoo Decks manufactures AridDek, an aluminum decking product, and also offers Wahoo Rail, a complete line of commercial-grade aluminum railing.
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. So, 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:
Regular safety inspections
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 decking 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!
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.
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. (5 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Outdoor Wooden Deck).
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 Gainesville, 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.
We get calls and emails from potential customers every week. Invariably, one of them always asks this question. “Why should I use aluminum decking for my outdoor living space?”
Most people think of traditional wood products for their deck design ideas. They usually think first of 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
Unlike traditional wood or composite decking options, Ariddek aluminum deck boards interlock in a way that creates a watertight walking surface. This feature creates a dry under-deck area. That way, you can enjoy your outdoor living space, even when it is raining. Place a hammock or a swing under your deck, relax, and watch the rain. Park the lawnmower and other tools under your deck to keep them out of the elements. Or create a workspace and complete outdoor projects year-round!
But what if your deck is not elevated enough? Or what 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.
What about Maintenance?
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 and even fire that can damage other types of decking materials, and the powder-coated aluminum finish never needs to be stained or sealed. Your aluminum deck will need to be washed periodically (depending on conditions) with mild soap and soft brush– no pressure washer 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.)
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 channel 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.
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.
Why should I use aluminum decking for my outdoor living space? If you have questions about refitting your outdoor living space, we should talk. Contact us today for samples or a quote!
Or click here to download a copy of our deck design guide!
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.
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!