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10 Benefits of Using AridDek Aluminum Rooftop Decking

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
AridDek rooftop decking on Coors party deck in San Francisco

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!

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.

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. Today, trees grow quickly. They are produced 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). For example, these exotic woods are extremely hard and durable while also being naturally resistant to rot and insects; the amount and speed of fading depend 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 more inferior quality. Composite boards combine wood fiber with plastic, also known as WPCs. However, over time, even WPCs began to show signs 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 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 the 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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Wahoo Decks Releases New Online Shop Featuring Deck Railing Kits

Wahoo Decks Releases New Online Shop Featuring Deck Railing Kits

New online store featuring deck railing is now open directly through the website, wahoodecks.com


Online Deck Railing Store Press Release | Gainesville, Georgia November 10, 2016

Wahoo Decks, a leading manufacturer of aluminum deck surfaces and waterproof decking frames, recently implemented an online shop that features its Wahoo Rail (aluminum deck rails), and Wahoo Glass (glass deck rails and balusters).

The online store allows customers to purchase deck railing directly from the website, WahooDecks.com.

Wahoo Decks aluminum and glass deck railing kits are compatible with any existing decking surface and are easy to install. Additionally, Wahoo Aluminum Rail Kits and Wahoo Glass Rail Kits provide added benefit for existing decking surfaces.  The kits do not interfere with waterproofing channels.

Wahoo Aluminum Railing works well in both commercial and residential applications. The railing system is built to prevent rattling, shaking or loosening.  Additionally, the kits come pre-drilled for easy installation. Wahoo Rail customers can complete the look of outdoor living spaces with railing options that are durable, long-lasting, and require almost no upkeep.

Wahoo Glass Rail is a unique glass railing that allows users to add a special touch to existing outdoor decks. The tempered glass balusters are built to last and low maintenance. Wahoo Glass Rail allows homeowners to enjoy panoramic views of their outdoor spaces.

Wahoo Decks’ new online decking and deck railing shop aims to provide a quicker, more seamless experience by significantly reducing the steps required to build and enjoy a backyard patio or decking space.

The online store makes it easier than ever to customize deck and patio areas. Customers can now order Wahoo Rail Kits without requesting a quote via phone or email.

About Wahoo Decks

Wahoo is a leading manufacturer of award-winning outdoor products headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia. Wahoo products are engineered to be uniquely low-maintenance and more resistant to natural elements than traditional decking products. For more information, visit the website WahooDecks.com, or on social media @WahooDecks.