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 for 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 aluminum decking benefits without the watertight feature.  Fortis has grooves on each panel’s sides 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 encountered with wood and composite decking in marine environments. Ariddek is also the perfect deck surface for 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 channel rain.

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.ain 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!

Low Maintenance Decking Options that Make Upkeep a Breeze

If you’re curious about low maintenance decking options that will make upkeep a breeze, we don’t blame you. It’s natural to want a beautiful, functional outdoor area, but it’s also natural to want to avoid any unnecessary labor on its behalf.

We have good news for you: You have choices. Here are three of the lowest-maintenance decking options to make your life easy-peasy.

Solid Composite Decking Looks Just Like Real Wood

Solid composite decking is made from wood particles and plastic combined. It is strong, long-lasting, and requires one or two washes a year to keep it clean and functional. It looks like wood, which makes it an awesome low maintenance replacement for the natural material.

However, solid composite decking is heavy and hard to maneuver. It’s not a good choice for installing alone … though it’s just fine if you call in an expert.

Vinyl Decking Cleans with Just Water

Vinyl decking is an amazing option if you want to give it one good wash once a year and call it good. Not much sticks to vinyl, making it super easy for those with children or lots of leaf-dropping trees overhead. Anytime you see a mess, just heft that hose and give it a quick spray.

The colors also resist fading well, though since it typically comes in a basic range of hues – think white, gray, and tan – it can limit those who have more exciting ideas for their deck. However, it feels light and hollow as you walk across it, which some people do not like.

Aluminum Decking Makes for a Fuss-Free Year-Round Decking

Aluminum is one of the best decking options there is. Not only is it attractive and can come in a variety of colors – from gray to brown, light blue to green, and any color in between – it is extremely durable. It stands up to weather of all kinds and doesn’t corrode easily. Plus, you can clean it simply by spraying it down, or at most using a light, non-bleach cleaner from a bottle – or a homemade vinegar version.

Also, aluminum is a great choice for any deck that’s not sitting above the ground. For those whose decks drain right into the soil, for instance, it doesn’t matter if there are huge holes in the deck surface. On the other hand, if you live in a condo or your deck is on a second or third story above your house, you want to funnel water in another direction – say into a drainpipe.

That’s where aluminum comes in. It interlocks to prevent water from seeping beneath it so that you can collect and route it away.

Aluminum also offers other benefits, such as:

  • Reflecting sunlight, so it doesn’t get very hot
  • Sturdiness, so it holds up to the abuse of heavy furniture or exuberant running from little feet
  • Lots of railing and paint options

Turn to the Deck Pros for the Best Options

Now that you’ve got a good handle on all your low-maintenance decking options, I bet you’re ready to get that outdoor living space installed. Don’t worry—it’s okay to have outstanding questions. That’s where our experts come in. We’re happy to guide you through your choices and help you find the right solution for your property, so connect with us today to get started.

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!

Time and Money

Not only can AridDek save time and money, but it can also give you a dry under deck area.  This area and be used for storage, or you can create another space for relaxation.

  • 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.

New Construction and Remodeling

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 has 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. We create our products 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.

 

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.

Benefits of Using Aluminum Deck StairsAre 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.

Top 5 Deck Design Tips For Privacy: Plan Your Outdoor Oasis

It’s great to have great neighbors, but there’s a reason that Robert Frost coined the phrase “Great fences make great neighbors.”  You have begun to design your new outdoor living area. Next, you’ll want to consider ways to make that living area private as part of your perfect deck design. Our top 5 deck design tips for privacy provide privacy while also adding depth and beauty to your new deck space.

design tips for privacy

Plant Walls

Using hanging planters that are as simple or as elaborate as you like, a wall made up of hanging baskets is beautiful and fresh and creates a verdant screen for your deck space. Check out this tutorial from Martha Stewart. 

curtains

Curtains

Outdoor curtains can add shade to your deck or patio area, and they give your decor a touch of drama and romance. You can find them at Home Depot or Lowe’s, and prices range from $15, up to $90. They’re quick and easy to install. We also love this DIY idea for making your outdoor curtains out of drop cloths!

build lattice partitionLattice

Wooden lattice sections are very inexpensive and easy to work with. Done right, you can use them to create a privacy screen for your outdoor space that is stylish and attractive, in addition to providing privacy and camouflage for unseemly power outlets, compost bins, or AC compressors.

design tips for privacy

Hedges

The classic hedge wall makes the perfect privacy partition. This option can take a while to cultivate, but the lush green foliage also functions as a property marker, windscreen, and sound barrier. If you are uncomfortable designing complex landscape layouts on your own, you’ll want to consult a landscape design expert. You can also find many online suggestions and tips if you prefer to DIY.

design tips for privacy

Buffer Noise

Even if you can’t see your neighbors, unwanted noises can disturb the peace of your outdoor living area. Block sound from neighbor’s dogs or noisy traffic areas, and cancel your own noisemaking activities by creating a water feature. From simple and inexpensive, to more grand designs, most water features can be added in just a few days. 

If you’ve enjoyed our top 5 deck design tips for privacy, give us a call today to find out we can help you add the aluminum deck of your dreams to your home or business.