Deck Design: AridDek – A Low Maintenance Decking Option

It’s that time… you are thinking about your deck design. You’re considering what you want your deck to look like and functionality questions and concerns too! A low maintenance decking option may be what you are looking for.

If you define the word “low maintenance” you’ll find that it means: Requiring little work to keep in good condition. Sounds good for your deck design, right?

This is exactly how Wahoo Decks would describe AridDek aluminum decking; a low maintenance decking board option that requires little work for the owner while staying in good condition.

What makes AridDek a low maintenance decking option?

  • The 6005 T-5 series marine-grade aluminum and powder coat finish of AridDek needs no staining, sealing, or painting.
  • AridDek requires no structural upkeep outside of periodic cleaning with soap and water.

Other benefits of using AridDek.

  • AridDek is non-combustible; it simply will not ignite or burn
  • AridDek is durable and built to last. It is impervious to insects and will not split, splinter, decay, sag, crack, or rot.
  • Aluminum’s high thermal conductivity rapidly dissipates heat which keeps AridDek’s surface cooler than other common decking materials.
  • AridDek is family-friendly because it uses no harmful chemicals and is stain resistant.
  • And last but not least, AridDek’s unique design creates a 100% waterproof space beneath your deck!

Not only are AridDek aluminum deck boards low maintenance, but you also can count on AridDek to be durable and environmentally safe. To learn more about AridDek decking and other aluminum products by Wahoo Decks visit www.WahooDecks.com or call Wahoo Decks at 877.270.9387.

Deck Ideas: 5 Safety Tips for Having an Outdoor Fire Pit

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.

  1. Your outdoor fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
  2. Avoid windy conditions by checking the weather forecast
  3. Stay up to date on any burn bans that might be in effect
  4. Pick up leaves and any other combustible materials in and around the fire pit
  5. 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.

Photo Credit:

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HGTV

Benefits of Using Aluminum Deck Stairs

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.

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.  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:

  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 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!

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. (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.

Environmentally Friendly Decking Material

When you think about recycling, are you really thinking about decking material

Instead of decking material, you likely think of sorting your plastics and cans. After all, aluminum cans are the most recycled item in the United States. So, it’s also no surprise if you ”consider that over two-thirds of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today” (The Aluminum Association). There are even more ways to make your home eco-friendly. For example, you can install an environmentally friendly aluminum deck.

Manufactures of aluminum deck materials us recycled products. You can also recycle them easily.

Recyclable aluminum decking and decking material are different from other common deck boards. First, it is 100% recyclable. Additionally, there are no harsh chemicals or VOCs. And, it requires little maintenance to keep it beautiful.

While wood is recyclable, it will naturally rot over time. On the other hand, aluminum decking will never rot or rust. Furthermore, composite decks consist of non-recyclable plastics. That’s because you cannot separate its components further.

“In terms of green building, the biggest objection to composite decking is that, although it lasts a long time, it is very difficult to dispose of once it reaches its life’s end” (Evans).

“Aluminum decks are an excellent option for durability and sustainability. Generally made with recycled content, aluminum is also fully recyclable. So, any scrap from construction can be reused. Should you replace your aluminum deck one day? The deck boards, which often have the look of wood, can also be recycled instead of going to the landfill. Aluminum is likely the toughest decking product you can buy. It’sIt’s entirely water-resistant and stays cooler than many other deck materials in summer. That means you can comfortably walk across it barefoot” (Huso).

Wahoo Decks offers a variety of recyclable aluminum decking. They use 45% recycled content. This comes from industrial and post-consumer aluminum scrap in the manufacturing process. This means all Wahoo Decks products, such as DryJoistDryJoistEZAridDek, and Wahoo Rail, are environmentally friendly! By installing Wahoo aluminum deck boards, you benefit from having a sustainable deck drainage system, and the added bonus of a durable waterproof deck.

Aluminum recycling, whether it’s a can or a deck, contributes to making the world a greener place to live. Wahoo Decks is proud to be a part of that. Learn more about Wahoo decking and aluminum deck boards by contacting us online or calling us at 1 (877) 270-9387.

Sources:

Aluminum is Sustainable, The Aluminum Association

Sustainable Decking Solutions by Stephanie Evans

The Low-Down on Sustainable Decking Materials by Deborah R. Huson

AridDek: Perect for Marine Decking Applications

Did you know Wahoo Decks’ beginning happened when Wahoo Docks developed AridDek, an aluminum deck product for marine decking applications?

AridDek is now one of the most popular aluminum decking board options on the market. (And it’s perfect as marine decking too!)

AridDek’s debut all started over a decade ago when Wahoo Docks engineered AridDek as the perfect marine decking for their low-maintenance aluminum boat docks.

Now Wahoo Decks’ AridDek marine decking is used on docks and gangways, and if that wasn’t enough, you can also purchase dock accessories from Wahoo Decks!

AridDek has numerous benefits when used on docks and gangways:

1. Easy to clean

Simply clean your AridDek dock decking board periodically with soap and warm water and your dock decking looks as good as new.

2. Stability

Over time wood docks can rot. But not AridDek! Not only is it very stable but it also does not materially degrade; even with intense exposure to sunlight and water. This makes your dock or gangway long-lasting and impervious to insect damage, rot, and other types of decay.

3. Lightweight

Because AridDek is lightweight and watertight it makes AridDek ideal for upper deck applications.

4. Slip Resistant

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

5. Cooler to the Touch

Because of aluminum’s high thermal conductivity and its light color options, AridDek provides a surface that naturally stays cooler to the touch than composite, concrete, or wood decking materials

In addition to the fact that AridDek is perfect for your dock or gangway, remember that you also have abundant options for selecting dock accessories!

Here are just some of the dock accessories options you have when creating your ideal dock or gangway:

Kayak Rack

    • Securely holds (2) kayaks or canoes
    • Heavy-gauge aluminum construction
    • Powder-coated antique bronze finish

PWC Port

    • Handles most PWCs up to 1500 Lbs
    • Colors: tan or gray speckle
    • Heavy-duty hardware

Captain’s Swiveling Dock Chair

    • Ipe hardwood seat and back
    • Marine-grade aluminum frame with antique bronze powder-coated finish
    • Swivels 360 degrees

2 or 3 Person Dock Bench

    • Ipe Hardwood seat and back
    • No sealing, staining or waterproofing required
    • Bench available to mount or purchased with swing hardware to hang from the roof of your dock

For all these reasons and more, Wahoo Decks’ is proud to offer AridDek for marine applications. Wahoo Decks aluminum decking is not only the highest quality but also the best value that you’ll find anywhere. For more information visit www.wahoodecks.com or call us today at 877-270-9387 to learn more about your aluminum marine options!