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How To Install Deck Lighting In a Totally Dry Under Deck Area

How To Install Deck Lighting In a Totally Dry Under Deck Area

Knowing how to install deck lighting can mean an awesome upgrade for your outdoor living area!

Our DryJoistEZ aluminum decking and waterproof deck joist system creates a completely waterproof channel. This means you can have a totally dry under deck area perfect for adding lighting and other electrical upgrades.

Summer nights on your deck are a time for relaxation and fun! Wahoo Decks’ aluminum deck products that allow for a 100% dry under deck area. That makes it easy for you to get the most out of your deck, even at night!

There are several different types of lighting you can add to your outdoor deck.

One of the most popular ways to do this is by installing a low-voltage lighting system. Low-voltage lighting requires no electrical skills and can simply plug into an existing outlet. Click here for a step by step guide on how to install deck lighting. If you do not have wiring throughout your outdoor area, consider track lighting that is powered by a standard outlet.

Whether you decide to use track lighting or a low-voltage lighting system, “The best thing to do is to plan out your deck lighting system before you purchase any deck lights” (How to Install Deck Lighting).

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Enjoy your summer nights with a cool breeze by easily installing a ceiling fan to your under deck.

Installation of DryJoistEZ deck drainage system to create a dry under deck area makes installing wiring easier than ever!

From rope lighting to speaker wires to ceiling fans, installation is easy. It works best to install electrical wiring accessories at the timber support beam. Or, you can install on the dry channel of the deck drainage system. DryJoistEZ’s versatile design even allows you to install at every 6 inches. That means you can add all the deck lighting you want to create a fabulous dry under deck space!

Don’t miss out on the fun and relaxation time you can have on your deck, even at night!

Call Wahoo Decks. Let us help you decide what aluminum deck product will be best to use on your deck. Wahoo Decks offers aluminum decking that can be used to for decks in all shapes and sizes. Plus, Wahoo Decks can help you in the design process. Choose from DryJoistEZ, a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and add Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits.

For more information about Wahoo Decks, or how to install deck lighting, call (877) 270-9387 and start planning for your dream deck today!

3 Reasons a Pergola is Perfect for Your Deck

3 Reasons a Pergola is Perfect for Your Deck

Designing your deck can be fun because there are so many ideas to consider and things you can do to spruce up your outdoor deck area!  Whether your deck is low to the ground, multilevel or raised, a pergola can be that special something to add to your deck design.  Here’s three reasons a pergola is perfect for your deck:

1. Pergolas add privacy to your deck design

A pergola adds privacy to your deck design without shutting you off from the rest of the world. Therefore, if you want more privacy, consider adding a trellis to your pergola.

2. A pergola can add shade

A pergola works the same way as a tree, adding just the right amount of shade. Finally, perfection for those hot summer days!

3. With a pergola, you can add a dining area to your deck design

Since a pergola keeps you cool, it’s a perfect place for spending time with friends and family. Pergolas usually are tall enough that you can place a table comfortably and have a sitting area for your guests. Great for parties and dining!

About Wahoo Decks:

Headquartered in Gainesville, 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.

 

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Pergola with Trellis

A Pergola on Raised Deck

Pergola with Kitchen Area

Understanding Your Options for Deck Waterproofing – Comparing & Contrasting

Understanding Your Options for Deck Waterproofing – Comparing & Contrasting

You’ve decided on your perfect deck design. It’s two-stories—a top deck and an area below. Perhaps you’ve also determined that you want – or need – that bottom space to be a dry under deck entertaining (or even storage) area. Now, how about options for deck waterproofing?

If so, choosing the best options for deck waterproofing is vital.

Demand for such decks has grown in recent years. It’s increasing, according to many reports online, specifically those directly sourcing decking contractors. One such professional reported in a DeckingMagazine.com article on deck waterproofing, that 2/3 of his projects consist of elevated decks (higher than 6’ feet). Lately, offering a dry under deck option for those customers has resulted in successful upsells most of the time. Yet, not for no reason. Often for very little additional money over the basic deck cost or expense, a homeowner can double usable space.

If your dream deck plans consist of space below the top deck where you will hang out or stow valuable (or even semi-valuable) items, you will need the top deck to be fully waterproof. That’s why choosing a proper deck waterproofing option is so critical.

Challenges one might face in how to waterproof a deck right include:

  • Managing weather exposure such as excessive sun/heat or in colder climates, freeze-thaw-freeze
  • Preventing pooling or managing excessive standing water due to even slight deck or ground slope
  • Maintaining aesthetics and function despite foot traffic, the elements (weather or insects), and weight loading

Furthermore, one of the major problems with most options for deck waterproofing – says the author of the DeckingMagzine.com article referenced above – is this.

Until recently, the challenge has been to successfully deliver a repeatable, proven dry space that offers long-term client satisfaction. We’ve tried all sorts of approaches over the past 20 years, most of which suffer from the same premise: They allow the water to travel through the decking first and then try to divert the water away from the framing underneath.

Furthermore, he says, “To manage the water, we’ve trained crews to deal with rubber, vinyl, and aluminum below-decking and ceiling contraptions. But all of these systems have short-term and long-term faults. You don’t want to catch and trap dirty water in hidden areas. You have to encase the framing or the underside of the decking with moisture, heat, and sometimes even ice. Also, you want to avoid creating a habitat for animals and their excrement, hair, nests, food, and debris. Not only that, but most of these systems also void most composite-decking product warranties. Finally, we’ve found that all of these systems eventually leak.”

Even considering these challenges, there are a few different choices you have for waterproofing a deck. But all methods for creating a waterproof deck with a dry space below are not all created equal.

So, what are those options?

Vinyl Waterproof Decking or Tiles

Two of the more common options for waterproofing a deck, either of these can be effective. However, they are generally shorter-term in effectiveness than many of the other choices for deck waterproofing available today. You’ll be looking at more frequent replacement.

For one, their aesthetic – and functionality – can often (quickly) be harmed by surface exposure (such as weather or cuts/gouges by furniture). Additionally, they must be installed very diligently to fully prevent leaks. That’s a concern even from day one, much less as time goes by and the products are exposed to the elements and simply, “age.”

Decking Surface “Additives” for Waterproofing

Superficial surface options that are often added to an existing deck for waterproofing purposes include those such as polymer-enhanced cement or a metal lath covering. Usually, these have a good fire rating and stand up to furniture and general wear-and-tear better than vinyl.

However, to remain effective at keeping deck waterproofing intact, these add-ons often require frequent “touch-ups” as well. Thus, you might enjoy some initial cost savings by not having to totally re-do a deck to enhance waterproofing. But you have to take into account the amount of upkeep and maintenance required over time.

A Deck Waterproofing “Membrane”

This deck waterproofing protocol involves placing a plastic or vinyl “membrane” between the decking and the substructure. The idea being that this will prevent water from leaking below. However, for this to be effective, especially over long periods of time, a high-quality (usually expensive) membrane must be purchased and for maximum efficiency. Plus, you’ll need to get it installed by specially-trained professionals.

When the utilization or integration of a membrane is attempted as a DIY deck waterproofing method, this method has a higher risk of installation error or failure. Furthermore, if those negative results should happen, costs stand to skyrocket since decking requires removal and repair or possible replacement of the membrane.

PVC and Vinyl Waterproof Decking Boards

Some of the newer PVC and vinyl decking board waterproofing options use an interconnecting board style. They aim to prevent water from ever making it through the deck surface to maintain the dry under deck space. The design concept is strong. Customers often report several problems with these choices. One is that these hollow-based, flexible-material surfaces are noisy. That’s due to the hollow core causing expansion and thus, “knocking” against adjacent boards. Additionally, the surface can be easily-scratched, scraped, or cut like any other PVC or vinyl surface. Finally, colors can fade quickly or become altered due to UV exposure.

Aluminum Decking Boards

One of the most recent advancements comes with the interlocking aluminum decking board as we manufacture here at Wahoo Decks. We offer two specific products for deck waterproofing—AridDek and DryJoistEZ.

The surface of our AridDek aluminum decking boards is naturally waterproof and is not harmed by water in any way. The safe, non-skid, textured surface also naturally stays cooler to the touch than wood, composites, or concrete. The powder-coating color options added to the planks are pretty. Plus, it helps protect the recycled, durable, aluminum surface and keep it even cooler to the touch than it is normally.

AridDek has an interlocking decking design that prevents water from penetrating the decking. Each of the AridDek decking boards is also engineered with a continuous-channel, hidden gutter system so if any water does happen to get through, it goes into the channel and is carried away from the deck and area below. AridDek goes on top of any desired joist system and can even cover existing decking.

DryJoistEZ is a structural aluminum deck waterproofing system and provides part of the deck structure along with a finished beadboard “ceiling” appearance underneath! If installed correctly, it is 100% waterproof and won’t ever leak. Even better, you can use it underneath your favorite decking surface option for complete and total waterproofing that looks as amazing from below as it does from the top of the deck.

No matter what your deck waterproofing needs, we at Wahoo would love to help you choose the best options. Get in touch and tell us about the deck design you are trying to achieve. Quotes for our products on your deck designs are always complimentary and we’d love to help you create the perfect waterproof deck for you!

7 Reasons Why Aluminum Deck Rail Is The Best Deck Railing Choice

7 Reasons Why Aluminum Deck Rail Is The Best Deck Railing Choice

How important is it to make the best deck railing choice when planning your aluminum deck project?

Most people, when preparing to build their dream deck, do a lot of research. They consider a plethora of deck ideas – including decking materials and deck systems – and even spend time looking at various deck designs. Then, they make their decision and get started on their deck plans.

Often, however, that is just phase one. The next step is considering deck railing.

Of course, it’s not rare to have a deck without railing. However, that’s only possible if your deck is ground-level. If you plan to have an elevated deck, deck rail will be a “must” for your project.

When contemplating the best deck railing choice, each deck rail option has its pros and cons.

At Wahoo Decks, we manufacturer aluminum deck railing. If you’ve never researched or thought about using aluminum deck rail before, it may seem like a somewhat unusual idea. Yet, when you learn about the benefits, you might see it’s the top deck railing choice.

Here are 7 reasons Wahoo Rail aluminum deck railing is the obvious deck railing choice:

1. Aluminum deck rail is long-lasting and strong

We use the finest available aluminum for our deck railing systems. What this means to you is that it’s very sturdy and durable. It doesn’t rust like traditional metal deck railing either.

2. Wahoo Rail aluminum deck railing is intelligently engineered

Our deck railing is specifically designed by experienced engineers to ensure it starts out with stellar performance and beauty and maintains that reliability and appeal over time.

Furthermore, while it’s the perfect complement to our Wahoo aluminum decking, it’s also architected and produced so that it can be an add-on to any decking surface desired.

3. Aluminum deck railing is a low-maintenance railing

Traditional deck rail materials – like wood, composites, or steel – need frequent upkeep to remain looking good and standing strong. This is not the case with aluminum deck rail. We powder-coat our railing so that it won’t crack, chip, warp, peel, or need re-painting. All you need do is hose it down to clean it off.

4. Aluminum deck rail options are aesthetically-pleasing

The clean lines of our aluminum deck railing make it a very attractive option and the perfect complement to nearly any deck design. Wahoo Rail comes in three different neutral shades – White, Antique Bronze, and Mocha – to match a variety of different color schemes.

Additionally, Wahoo Glass Rail takes the very best of our aluminum railing and pairs it with tempered glass panels – either Clear or “Twilight” (tinted) – for a deck railing design look that is out of this world. Using Wahoo Glass deck railing means nothing obstructs your view or gets in the way of your ability to enjoy the full beauty of your outdoor deck scenery.

5. Our aluminum deck railing offers a great degree of customization for functionality too

Another highlight of our aluminum deck railing – that can also be traced back to its design and engineering – is its ease-of-use in achieving a myriad of deck designs. Wahoo Rail can be utilized and configured in nearly any linear-based shape you can conceive of, allowing for the creation of truly customized deck.

6. It’s eco-friendly…

Our deck railing systems at Wahoo consists of 50% recycled aluminum. This means it’s environmentally-friendly—much more so than most other decking choices. Combine that with the fact that Wahoo Rail requires no harsh chemicals for cleaning or upkeep, and you can rest easy knowing your deck railing is a socially responsible, “green” choice too!

7. Aluminum railing is an economically-smart choice

Aluminum deck railing is affordable and even more so when you consider savings over time. Off-the-bat aluminum rail is often on-par with the pricing of other deck rail options. Yet, because of its limited maintenance and extreme strength and durability, you don’t need to re-finish, re-do, or replace it like other deck rail choices.

It’s no doubt you have several options for your deck railing decision—many of them in fact. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find another deck rail choice that delivers ALL the same benefits and features of Wahoo Rail – or Wahoo Glass Rail – in a single deck rail system. Not to mention, the Wahoo name and reputation stand behind every railing. With Wahoo aluminum railing, you not only get a deck you are proud of for many years to come but that you will also enjoy season after season, without tons of effort and upkeep.

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.