AridDek Aluminum Decking ‘Keeps its Cool’ When Put to the Test

AridDek Aluminum Decking ‘Keeps its Cool’ When Put to the Test

AridDek waterproof decking

Even on a hot day, AridDek stays cooler than other deck board options, leaving it free for everyone to enjoy.

How hot does AridDek aluminum decking get in the sun compared to other decking?

Understandably this is a frequent question when it comes to AridDek aluminum decking.  No one wants to worry about scorching their bare feet on a hot summery day.

Thus, on a hot day in Georgia, Wahoo Decks set out to find this answer by testing the temperature of AridDek aluminium decking compared to other common decking board options.

Setting:

  • 90 +/- degrees Fahrenheit

Deck boards:

  • AridDek Aluminum Deck
  • Capped Composite
  • Wood/Plastic Composite
  • Solid PVC
  • Ipe Brazilian Hardwood
  • Pressure Treated Pine

Watch the video below to see what happens with AridDek’s product!

Results (in Fahrenheit):

  • AridDek: 124
  • Pressure Treated Pine: 124
  • Ipe Brazilian Hardwood: 138
  • Tan solid PVC: 145
  • Grey Solid PVC: 151
  • Grey Wood/Plastic Composite: 141
  • Reddish/tan wood/plastic composite: 135
  • Dark Brown capped composite: 151

Why is AridDek cooler than other decking options?

  • Aluminum decking dissipates heat better than any other decking surface.
  • The lighter color finish reflects most of the sun’s rays, as a result, less heat is absorbed into the metal.
  • The average mass of the Ariddek aluminum decking is lower than that of the other deck boards. This means it holds less heat.

But don’t take our word for it, Kevin Stevens at KMS Woodworks also did a temperature test in Colorado, check out his testing results!

Wahoo Decks offers a variety of aluminum products such as, AridDek, DryJoistEZ, and Wahoo Rail. Wahoo decking is a waterproof deck solution which creates a dry under deck area below. To learn more about Wahoo decking material visit www.wahoodecks.com. You can also contact us online or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.

Source:

We Tested It: How Hot Decking Materials Get by Kevin Stevens

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.

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 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

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 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.

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 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 cha

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.

nnel 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.

Have More Questions

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

Or click here to download a copy of our deck design guide!

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. Trees grown today are made to grow quickly. They are grown 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). While these exotic woods are extremely hard and durable while also being naturally resistant to rot and insects, the amount and speed of fading depends 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 poorer quality. Composite boards combine wood fiber with plastic, also known as WPCs. However, over time, even WPCs began to show sign 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 actually 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 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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Save Time and Money with AridDek Aluminum Decking for a Dry Under Deck Area

Save Time and Money with AridDek Aluminum Decking for a Dry Under Deck Area

Ever heard the old saying…

“Time is money”? It may be an old saying but it still holds true and at Wahoo Decks, we know that. That’s why we designed AridDek Aluminum Decking – for a dry under deck area – to save you time AND money!

How can AridDek save you time and money? (Not to mention, give you a dry under deck area for relaxation or storage)?

  • Time Savings: Your order arrives at your door with each board custom-sized to your specifications. That saves you time and helps prevent wasted material. Moreover, the built-in fastener system requires only one screw every 24”. This means you’ll spend less time on installation time. Plus, you’ll use fewer costly fasteners than you would with most other decking systems
  • Cost Savings: AridDek’s innovative design eliminates the need for additional under-deck systems or waterproof substructures. This makes it the most cost-effective way to create a dry space beneath your deck. It can span 24” as opposed to 16” (typical for the most traditional decking). Therefore, the saving on the deck substructures makes AridDek even more affordable.

AridDek aluminum decking is ideal for new construction or the remodeling of existing outdoor structures and provides a lifetime of low-maintenance benefits. It’s also a great choice if having a dry under deck area matters to you.

In addition to being time and cost saving. AridDek aluminum decking creates a dry under deck living space in a single, beautiful deck system.  Furthermore, each interlocking aluminum decking board is secured with a hidden fastener system for a gapless, skid-free, single layer watertight decking surface.

Rather than expensive add-on under deck systems, time-intensive routine maintenance or rebuilding your deck from the ground up, AridDek’s easy installation adds value and space in a single decking system.

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 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.

 

Wahoo Complete™: A Complete Multifamily Aluminum Balcony System & Decking Solution

Wahoo Complete™: A Complete Multifamily Aluminum Balcony System & Decking Solution

Wahoo Decks calls on the resources and experience gained from both the decking and floating boat dock industries to build our multifamily aluminum balcony system – Wahoo Complete™.

Wahoo Complete is a pre-fabricated aluminum railing and aluminum balcony system that is extremely durable. Our customers love that it’s low maintenance and that it also meets the most stringent commercial deck safety standards.  

These prefabricated balconies are constructed from high-quality marine grade aluminum. They feature a durable baked-on powder coating to create a sturdy and attractive balcony addition for your building.

Builders Have Choices

Builders have the choice of using Ariddek waterproof aluminum decking, the DryJoist EZ deck drainage system, or traditional wood and composite decking options. We can ship decking surface and drainage additions to job sites pre-trimmed and installed. That means you save time and money.

Wahoo Complete multifamily aluminum balcony system

Wahoo Decks also offers either Wahoo Rail™ premium aluminum railing or Wahoo Glass™ deck railing options with our balconies. Both of these options make it easy to create a complete balcony solution. For safety and visual appeal, you can mount these balconies on existing cantilevered beams, suspended rods, or even mount them on posts.

During the building process, our support team works closely with building and design professionals. This helps us develop projects that are custom-designed to meet the specifications of each building plan. Working as a team results in a collaborative and fully-customized approach to designing and building the Wahoo Complete balcony system. Finally, using Wahoo deck rail ensures that Wahoo Decks can create the perfect, complete, prefabricated balcony system for its valued customers in the architectural and development industries.

Looking for a safe, attractive, and durable multifamily aluminum balcony system and decking solution? We can help! Just get in touch with Wahoo Decks today.