Choosing Plants for Your Deck Space

Choosing Plants for Your Deck Space

If you’re planning a deck, don’t forget to consider the plants for the space. Plants can enhance the look and feel of your outdoor living area. But they can be functional as well as beautiful. Here’s what to keep in mind when choosing plants for your deck space.

Pest Repellent Varieties

No one wants to sit out on the deck and spend the entire time swatting flies or smacking mosquitoes. Instead of using toxic spray or spending time applying bug spray, consider adding plants that can keep the bugs at bay for you. Here are a few of our favorites, and what they keep away:

  • Petunias – these brightly colored flowers not only look and smell amazing, but they also keep away beetles, aphids, and tomato worms
  • Marigolds – golden and beautiful, marigolds will help keep mosquitoes and aphids out of your deck garden space
  • Lavender – flies, moths, and mosquitoes all hate lavender
  • Chrysanthemums – this colorful flower contains pyrethrin, a compound that is a strong deterrent to mosquitoes, roaches, ticks, beetles, and silverfish

Consider Containers

To make plant and flower care easy, consider containers for your deck. Unless you have the space to create boxes for soil and irrigation, containers are the way to go. You can plant a wide variety of flowers, shrubs, and grasses in containers. Some of the easiest to care for include geranium, hibiscus, lantana, coleus, and Japanese forest grass. But don’t limit yourself to this short list. Go crazy! Visit your local garden center for more ideas for the best container flowers and grasses for your deck.

Plant for Privacy

If you’re lucky enough to have a naturally private space for your deck, you don’t need to worry about creating artificial privacy. However, many people have homes close to other houses, and one of the best ways to create privacy on your deck is with the right plants.

You can get creative with your green thumb and make an oasis out of shrubs, trees, and bushes right on your deck. Small evergreen trees and shrubs that grow up instead of out are a great option. Arborvitae and cypress are both good choices that you can keep in containers that will grow into a natural wall of greenery.

Clematis is a flowering vine that is a beautiful way to create a curtain between you and your neighbors. Boxwoods are a beautiful shrub that you can plant in a row to make a screen for your deck. You can also include some horsetail reed grass or even some bamboo for the same effect. A combination of these privacy-creating plants can make your deck both secluded and beautiful.

Even the worst deck can look great with the right plants. But if you’re not happy with your outdoor space, maybe it’s time for a change. If you’re looking to install or upgrade your residential deck, make sure you talk to the team that knows how to do it right. The pros at Wahoo Decks can help design and install the most durable and functional deck for your home. Then you can create the garden deck oasis you’ve been dreaming of.

2019 Deck and Patio Trends

2019 Deck and Patio TrendsAre you considering a deck or patio upgrade? If you want to add a new space or bring an existing up to par, now’s a great time to do it. If you’re like many homeowners, you know you want a change, but you don’t really know where to start. A great place to get some inspiration is by looking at the trends. Here are some of the best ideas we’re seeing in 2019 deck and patio trends.

Patio or Deck? You Can Have Both

In the past, most people had to choose between a deck and a patio. One of the best trends for 2019 consists of combining the two. The right design can seamlessly incorporate the best of both. You can have a stone patio with a walkway and garden components, with an upper or adjacent deck. Having both allows you to take advantage of what each has to offer, without having to sacrifice one or the other.

Covered and Uncovered

Unfortunately, you can only use some decks when the sun is shining, and the skies are clear. In 2019, one of the most popular trends is to have a combination of covered and uncovered. You can have some open areas to enjoy the weather and the outdoors while creating covered space that you can use any time of the year, rain or shine.

Creating a Second Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens used to be just a grill on the patio. This year we have seen some inspiring ideas when it comes to outdoor kitchens. And you don’t have to settle for a few cooking accessories. When it comes to cooking outdoors, the sky’s the limit. You can have any combination of grills, burners, and ovens. But don’t stop there. You can also have a refrigerator, a wine cooler, a sink (or two!), a dishwasher, a bar station with an ice maker, and even an outdoor pantry.

Variety of Materials

In the old days, decks were wood and patios were concrete. They were high maintenance and didn’t offer a variety when it comes to design, function, and appearance. You’re not restricted to the basic materials any longer. Now you can choose nearly any type of stone for your patio, and there are a wide variety of material options for your deck design. One of the things to really find its niche in 2019 is aluminum decks. One reason they’re so popular is that they are so durable. They’re also low-maintenance and come in a range of colors and designs. You can match your railings to your decking and add matching drainage as well.

Who to Call

If you’re ready to upgrade your deck or patio, you need the right team to bring your vision to life. The experts at Wahoo Decks can design and install your residential deck to compliment your patio space and enhance your outdoor living. Contact us now to talk about deck and patio trends or to just get started.

Summer Cookout Ideas

Summer’s not over, and we’re not out of great summer cookout ideas. School might be starting again, but the weather is still hot, and there are good times ahead in your outdoor living space. But instead of just having some hamburgers on the deck and calling it a day, do something different to shake things up. Here are some of our best ideas for your summer cookout.

Summer Cookout Ideas

Food Is the Focus

What’s better than some great summer food shared with friends and family in the great outdoors? We love to gather on the deck or in the backyard and enjoy the bounties of the garden or some delicious delicacies from the smoker. If you’re looking for something different than the typical potato and pasta salad sides, consider changing things up with a delicious Caprese salad with tomatoes fresh from your garden or the local farmer’s market. It’s also the best time of year to commit to getting better at cooking on the smoker. One of our favorites is a good brisket. It takes time and commitment, but the rave reviews you’ll get will be worth it.

Don’t Forget the Drinks

Whether you’ve gathered your grown-up friends for some quality time on the patio or you’re having a gaggle of kids over for a family BBQ, drinks are a priority. It’s hot out, and everyone gets thirsty. Don’t settle for water or the old lemonade standby. Try something new! A big hit this summer is the watermelon margarita. It’s cold and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. Leave out the alcohol and add some bubbly soda and you can give the kids or the non-drinkers a taste too. It’s also a good time to try out some craft beers you want to sample. A good liquor store might sell a mix-up of bottles in customized six-packs to share with your friends and family. If you’re hosting a party for the kids, try a homemade strawberry lemonade. It’s a real crowd pleaser!

Games Galore!

Summertime is game time, especially if you can play them outside. Corn hole is always a fun way to have a little friendly competition, and everyone can play. Looking for a puzzling challenge? Try a jumbo Jenga set you can put on the deck or a table on the lawn. If you want a game that’s fun and also cools you down, you could set up a slip ‘n slide on the lawn or throw down with a game of water balloon dodge ball.

Summertime is the best time to get outdoors, spend time with your friends and family, and have a cookout with food, drinks, and games. If you feel like your outdoor living space isn’t what you’d hoped for your gatherings, we can help. Contact the residential outdoor living experts at Wahoo Decks. We’ll get you on track for a deck you’ll love and use, year-round.

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.

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

5 Most Critical Questions to Ask Your Potential Deck Builder

5 Most Critical Questions to Ask Your Potential Deck Builder

If you are looking for a potential deck builder, you have to know the right questions to ask. A deck can be an attractive and functional addition to your home. Done right, a new deck could be a sound investment that increases the value of your house. But hire the wrong deck builder, and you might face a long series of headaches.

Here are the five most critical questions to ask your potential deck builder:

How Much Deck Building Experience Do You Have?

You do not want to hire someone who has never built a deck before. You need someone who knows what they’re doing. It doesn’t matter how many fences or sheds they have knocked together. It’s not the same thing. Hire an inexperienced person, and your deck will end up crooked due to uneven settling. Your boards will lift and warp because he used the wrong screws. Choose a deck builder who has significant experience with this specific type of woodwork.

Can You Give Me a Detailed Estimate?

Estimates are not always meant to represent the final price for a product. Unexpected costs come up with all kinds of construction projects. But it’s important to ask your potential deck builder for a detailed estimate. It should at least lay out a specific cost breakdown for lumber, fasteners, concrete mix, and labor. That way, you will have a better understanding of where your money is going.

What Will Your Final Bill Be?

We always recommend getting at least a few estimates from trustworthy local deck builders. If one of your estimates is way lower than the others, it can be tempting to seize that seemingly great deal. But in fact, you should run very fast in the opposite direction! A bargain basement deck quote is a sign of a lazy builder who is willing to cut corners and use cheap materials. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

Will You Get Permits, or Do I Have To?

A good deck builder will research your area’s permit requirements and get the applicable permits for your deck project. They might tack on an additional fee for that service, but it’s worth having the right paperwork and saves you time and hassle. And if your potential deck builder laughs when you ask about permits, hang up the phone. That’s another sign of a shoddy builder who uses shady business practices.

Do You Offer a Warranty?

The best deck builders will provide their clients with at least a one-year warranty against builder defects. What this means is that he or she will come and fix warped planks, exposed screw heads, or lopsided settling. This does not mean your builder will come pressure wash your deck because you didn’t clean the fall leaves off it. You will still have to practice basic deck care, including cleaning it.

Have You Considered an Aluminum Deck?

Wahoo Decks manufactures top-quality decks for clients all over the United States. You won’t find a more durable deck option anywhere. Tired of asking the same questions to find your potential deck builder? Your search ends here. Call Wahoo Decks at (678) 343-2317 for more information.

The 4 Most Essential Decking Accessories for Fall

The 4 Most Essential Decking Accessories for Fall

What’s the use of a deck without some of the best decking accessories for fall? After all, autumn is one of the best times to get out there and enjoy your deck. The summer’s searing heat is gone, and the winter chill hasn’t yet arrived. Autumn deck entertaining is a great way to squeeze every last drop of enjoyment out of your deck before the cold comes.

Successful outdoor entertaining requires some basic furnishings and creature comforts. A folding table and some camp chairs could do the job. Or, you can go next level and create a cozy outdoor oasis for three-season enjoyment. As your trusted deck experts at Wahoo Decks, we are happy to use our years of experience to help you achieve top deck status.

Here are the 4 most essential fall decking accessories:

Deck Furniture

Deck furniture is available in a wide range of materials, colors, and styles. You can buy good quality pieces at any price point. Choose furniture that fulfills your needs and provides a comfortable seating area. Nobody wants to spend a whole party sitting on a wooden bench seat, so make sure you have enough cushions to go around. Toss a few throw blankets over your deck chairs for an added touch of comfort for your guests.

Fire Pits

Sometimes you just need to cut the autumn chill a little. A fire pit achieves that and helps set a cozy, peaceful mood for your outdoor gathering. Go with a gas fire pit to maintain constant control over the flame. Or choose a wood burning fire pit for the best s’more spot on the block. Fire pits are also available in many different sizes and styles. There is the perfect fire pit out there for every deck setup.

Deck Boxes

Most families find they can never have too much storage. You need a convenient place to keep your deck accessories, citronella candles, and other outdoor entertaining supplies. An attractive deck box performs that duty and can also double as a bench seat. Most full deck furniture sets offer coordinating deck boxes, so you should be able to find one that matches your seating and tables.

Patio Heaters

When a fire pit isn’t feasible or just won’t get the job done, a patio heater will keep your crew toasty outside. Everyone has that one friend who can never get warm enough. Gas-powered heating towers throw a good ring of warmth around them, and one propane canister will last for hours. Plus, you might not believe how affordable patio heaters are. In the winter, just store it in a corner of your garage.

What Are Your Favorite Decking Accessories for Fall?

Comfortable furniture, a heat source, and some good eats are all you need for a great deck party. We hope our list of our favorite decking accessories for fall will help you elevate your next outdoor gathering. If you need more help to make your deck a place to enjoy, get in touch with our team at Wahoo Decks today.