Hiring the right person to undertake your next deck project is exciting and nerve-filled! You more than likely have your deck envisioned in your mind, and you do not want to lose that vision when hiring a contractor. This is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly, especially with the amount of money you will be putting forth for the deck. There are several useful services such as Thumbtack and Angie’s List that will help you find contractors in your area and allow you to read reviews. But you should still conduct a thorough interview and ask a comprehensive list of questions. Here is our list of considerations when it comes to choosing the right contractor.
Why Hire a Contractor to Build Your New Deck?
If you are limited on time, past building skills, or you would just rather pay a professional you will need the help sifting through which contractor is right for you.
While building a deck isn’t actually that hard, technically speaking. The hard part is making sure it checks all of the boxes of a quality deck:
Is it properly shored up?
Will the foundations settle or give?
Is the deck earthquake safe?
Are there any lawsuit dangers?
Is it up to building codes?
If you can’t guarantee all of the above questions will be taken care of, then it is best to hire a professional in this situation. While many homeowners could handle the building of a wooden deck, they aren’t as knowledgeable about using composites or aluminum, one of the sturdiest and longest lasting materials on the market. You need a contractor who knows about all of the above.
How to Interview Contractors to Find the Right One
Always conduct multiple interviews before hiring a contractor. Helpful questions to ask include:
Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
How many clients like me have you served, and over how many years?
Can you provide examples of the type of deck I am interested in?
What kind of warranty do you offer in case something goes wrong?
What is the upkeep for this type of deck?
What are the main drawbacks associated with the type of deck I am interested in? (Please note: there are always a few, and an honest contractor will tell you what they are, so you can compare your opinions objectively.)
What type of materials do you use?
The last question is one of the most important. A contractor who is willing to buy cheaper materials in order to increase their profit margin does not have your best interests at heart. They’re less likely to do a thorough job on the build and to honor any warranties, so you will want to avoid them at all costs.
What You Need to Know When It Comes to Deck Material
The best way to avoid working with inferior contractors is to ensure upfront that they use the best processes and materials. You have several options when it comes to decking, and you should be aware of what they are before you start talking with prospective contractors. Your options include:
Wood – which you must paint or stain to get the long-lasting effects.
Composite – which mimics the look of wood but is still noticeably artificial.
Aluminum – which is sturdy, long-lasting, and available in a variety of colors.
Ask your deck contractor about their experiences with each material before deciding on a path forward.
Are you ready to move forward with contacting potential contractors to build your new deck? First, get in touch with a quality decking company to find the decking material and style that will work for you.
Our friendly team is ready to help you create an approach that pleases your clients, helps you build trust with your prospects and fills out your portfolio with aplomb. Don’t wait; get in touch with us today!
When you want to build a deck, there are several things to consider…Build A Deck 101: It surprises many people to find out that one of the most important steps in building a deck is getting a permit to actually build the deck. Which begs the question: When you want to build a deck, why is a permit important, and how does someone obtain a building permit?
Why is a permit necessary for deck building?
Getting a permit for building a deck makes sure that the deck is built up to code standards and that the deck is in abidance with local regulations.
Building a deck without a permit can result in heavy fines and contractors can even lose their licenses.
How to obtain a deck permit:
Find out where to obtain building permits in your area. Most likely you will need to go through the municipal building department. The location of Building Inspections Departments depends mostly on the city you live in.
Your plans will need to be in compliance with The IRC or IBC
Submit a completed application. It is important to include a site plan showing your future deck layout and design in relation to the house, property lines, etc.
Submitting Deck Plans for Permits
More Important Deck Permit Tips:
Remember when applying for a permit to build a deck, to apply in advance of your scheduled construction start date. This is to avoid any project delay if you end up needing to submit additional information.
You will need to be ready to pay permit fees. “Some permit fees for decks are based on the value of the project, others are based on the size of the deck, and yet others are set fee . . . You can call your building inspections division to find out how they charge for deck permit fees” (Plan Review Fees).
By following the guidelines set in place you will know that you have a safe deck that is up to all the codes. It will also only benefit you in the long run if you ever decide to sell your house.
Wahoo Decks can help you decide what aluminum deck product will be best to use on your deck. Wahoo Decks offers aluminum decking that can be used for decks in all shapes and sizes and Wahoo Decks can help you in the design process. Choose from AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking board, and 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, visit www.WahooDecks.com or call (877) 270-9387 and start planning for your dream deck today!
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
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.)
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
Are 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.