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.

Wahoo Decks Puts Aluminum Deck Fire Safety to the Test

Wahoo Decks Puts Aluminum Deck Fire Safety to the Test

Wahoo Decks proves aluminum deck materials have great fire safety!

With our aluminum decks, building a deck is an exciting project. But one priority you should not forget is the fire safety of your deck.

“Decks catch fire one of two ways. A burning [amber] landing on the surface of the deck is all that’s required. . . The other common cause of deck fires is flames from unmaintained vegetation igniting the deck from below” (Bolton).  Grill fires, for example, are often a cause for fires and can even lead to the fire dangerously spreading. “32% of grill fires on residential properties start on patios, terraces, screened-in porches, or courtyards, while an additional 24% start on exterior balconies and unenclosed porches” (FEMA).

That’s why it is important to consider a product (such as our aluminum deck options) that is non-combustible and fire-safe when building a deck. However, most decking boards are not fireproof and can easily smoke and smolder.

Wahoo Decks recently decided to investigate the flammability of our aluminum deck boards in a hot charcoal test. This test involved taking hot charcoal from a grill and setting in on decking boards, such as, wood/plastic composite, pressure treated pine, and Brazilian Ipe hardwood and comparing it to AridDek aluminum decking.

Check out the video below to see what happens when hot charcoal lands on decking boards.

It just takes a short amount of time before other boards begin to melt, smolder, smoke and burn to the point of ruin. Whereas AridDek bears no marks or burns and does not even smoke from the hot charcoal. Simply wipe it down and AridDek looks good as new.

Remember the importance of fireproofing your deck when considering decking material options for your deck. Safety is important in all aspects of your home, whether it’s inside or outdoors! Visit Wahoo Decks online to learn more about Wahoo Decks’ other fireproof aluminum decking products or call at 1 (877) 270-9387.

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Decks in the Line of Fire by Bill Bolton

Grill Fires on Residential Properties FEMA Study

Wahoo Decks Waterproof Decking: Harvesting Rainwater

Wahoo Decks Waterproof Decking: Harvesting Rainwater

Did you know when you install our waterproof decking it’s possible to harvest rainwater?

DryJoistEZ, and AridDek aluminum decks using Wahoo Decks‘ waterproof decking help to collect rainwater that would normally run right off your deck.

Harvesting and recycling rainwater has become more popular than ever.  Not only does it help the environment, but it also saves you money. Thus, it’s no surprise that many people are harvesting rainwater since the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day and more than 50% of that is for outdoor use (Bates).

There are several uses for the rainwater you can collect with our waterproof decking. For example, you can use the recycled water on plants or lawns and even use it to wash your car. Plants especially respond well to rainwater and therefore plant growth improves. This is because rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals (Rain Barrel Guide).

Here are more reasons why rainwater harvested from our waterproof decking is beneficial:

  • Relief of strain on other water supply
  • Ability to build or farm in areas with no other water supply
  • Increased water independence and security
  • Lower water supply costs
  • Reduced flood flows
  • Reduced topsoil loss
  • Control water saturation around foundations and basement walls
Drawing of a Rain Barrel for Harvesting Water

Diagram of a rain barrel.

To harvest rainwater from your Wahoo waterproof decking, you will need to have a gutter collecting the water that runs off of your deck. The simplest way to harvest the rainwater from your deck and gutter is to install a rain barrel. Rain barrels are simply large containers, usually ranging in size of 50-80 gallon barrels, that capture the rainwater at the end of the downspout of your gutter. They are a simple, efficient, and low-cost method for homeowners to collect and recycle the water runoff from the deck.

Check out the video to learn more about rain barrels.

If you are considering installing a rain barrel around your deck be sure to check with your city; some cities actually give away rain barrels for free or at least offer a discount.

Because Wahoo Decks offers a completely waterproof area below your deck via our waterproof decking, all rainwater is caught by our watertight decking boards and can be directed to a gutter. The area below your deck will stay completely dry while the water can be recycled. Making a difference in our environment is important to Wahoo Decks; that is why we are happy to offer waterproof decking systems with an under deck drainage system that makes it possible to easily harvest rainwater.

Wahoo Decks’ aluminum products, such as DryJoistEZ, and AridDek also help gain LEED credits.

  • Up to 2 points may be available for stormwater reduction (stormwater management practices)
  • Up to 2 points for water-efficient irrigation
  • 1 point for reducing a project’s sewage generation from the use of potable water by 50% or more

Visit Wahoo Decks online to learn more about Wahoo Decks’ products or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.

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Rain Barrel Information

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Deck Design: AridDek – A Low Maintenance Option for Decking

Deck Design: AridDek – A Low Maintenance Option for Decking

deck design using AridDek aluminum decking low-maintenance decking

This home used AridDek as a patio room enclosure. Just one of the many ways a homeowner can use AridDek!

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!

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 low maintenance?

  • 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 a periodic cleaning with soap and water.

Not only is AridDek a low maintenance option for decking but there are also many other benefits for 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.

What is the Best Season to Build a Deck?

What is the Best Season to Build a Deck?

building an aluminum deck

Choosing to build a deck in fall or winter may save you time and money.

Planning to build a deck? You may wonder what’s the best season in which to do so.

There are many factors to consider when planning and installing a deck. Choosing the best season to build a deck may not only save you money;  it will ensure you can enjoy your deck by summer.

Builders and contractors are less likely to be booked up in the fall or winter months. Therefore, it’s more likely that they can build your deck during this time. In the warmer months, contractors are busy and sometimes will even need to put projects on waiting lists. But getting started early in the planning of your deck should help you avoid these problems.

Off-Season Deck Perks

In the off-season, contractors will probably have more time to focus on your specific project and also have a more flexible schedule. However, it’s different for those who live in areas where it stays cold for a longer amount of time. You may not be able to build due to heavy freezing, but you can go ahead and start planning your deck. Because even getting a permit during an off-season can save you time and avoid those long lines at the permit office!

Also, keep in mind that you may even save money if you choose to build in the fall or winter months. Usually, a contractor will be more willing to negotiate on the price during the off-season. This goes for building products as well. There is no guarantee that the products will be cheaper. However, there is a better chance of discounts and incentives.

No Time Like the Present

When it comes to building a deck, the old saying holds true, the sooner, the better! Instead of having to stay indoors and watch your deck be built you’ll be able to your enjoy the luxuries of your deck by summer. You’ve still got plenty of time to start planning your outdoor deck. Wahoo Decks offers AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking product. We have DryJoist and DryJoistEZ, a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist. Finally, we offer Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits. For more information about Wahoo Decks, visit www.WahooDecks.com. Or, call (877) 270-9387 and start planning for your dream deck today!