Wahoo Decks Announces Launch Of Redesigned Website

Wahoo Decks Announces Launch Of Redesigned Website

Wahoo Decks, a leading manufacturer of aluminum decking, prefabricated balconies, and deck drainage systems has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. The new site features a clean, modern design, improved page speed, and easy access to essential resources. The homepage offers separate navigation options for residential customers and commercial customers so to make it easier for users to find pertinent information such as installation guides, FAQs, and product videos.

The new website makes the selection, purchase, and installation of decking materials faster and simpler for residential customers as well as commercial and professional builders and contractors. While the site was designed internally, Wahoo Decks partnered with Atlanta-based digital marketing firm Persist SEO for search engine optimization, site speed optimization, and technical support. The new Wahoo Decks website will be updated regularly with product information, deck design ideas, and company updates.

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What to Consider When Hiring a Contractor to Build Your New Deck

What to Consider When Hiring a Contractor to Build Your New Deck

If you’re hiring a contractor to build your new deck, you probably feel excited. Most likely, you’re also a bit nervous. This is a big decision with a lot of money on the line, so you want to get the right help. Here are a few considerations to help you make the best possible decision.

Why Hire a Contractor to Build Your New Deck?

If you’re not the DIY type, then this is an easy question to answer: You don’t know how to build a deck, so obviously you need help.

However, plenty of folks are handy, and building a deck isn’t actually that hard, technically speaking. What is hard? Making sure it’s properly shored up. Ensuring the foundations won’t settle or give. Building a deck that’s earthquake-safe, up to code and free of lawsuit dangers. If you can’t guarantee your ability to provide all that, don’t take it on yourself.

Plus, while many homeowners could take on a wooden deck, they don’t know as much 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

Never hire a contractor without interviewing several. 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 furnish examples of the type of deck I’m considering?
  • What kind of warranty do you offer if something goes wrong?
  • What’s the upkeep for this type of deck?
  • What are the main drawbacks associated with the type of deck I’m looking at? (Note: There are always a few, and an honest contractor will tell you what they are, so you can compare your options objectively.)
  • What materials do you use?

This last question is one of the most important. A contractor who skimps on materials in order to pad out their profit margin is not going to have your best interests at heart. They’re less likely to do a thorough job on the build and to honor warranties, so you 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 shoddy 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 know what they are before you start talking with contractors. Your options include:

  • Wood which you must paint or stain to get the long-lasting effects
  • Composite which mimics wood but is somewhat fake-looking
  • Aluminum which is sturdy, long-lasting, non-rusting and available in a variety of colors

Ask your deck contractor about their experience with each before deciding on a path forward.

Ready to hire that contractor 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.

If you are a contractor interested in working with Wahoo Decks products, please shoot us an email at info@wahoodecks.com or give us a call at (877) 270-9387. 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 to get in touch with us today!

Decking Ideas: 2 Simple Tips to Extending the Life of Your Wahoo Aluminum Deck

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.

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 deck 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.
  • 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 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 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.

Why Should I Use Aluminum Decking For My Outdoor Living Space?

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 when it comes to 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 the benefits of aluminum decking without the watertight feature.  Fortis has grooves on the sides of each panel 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 that are encountered with wood and composite decking in marine environments. Ariddek is also the perfect deck surface for in 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 cha

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.

nnel rain 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!

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

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

It’s great to have great neighbors. However, there’s a reason that Robert Frost coined the phrase “Great fences make great neighbors.”  Now that you’ve begun to design your new outdoor living area consider ways to make that living area private.  This should be 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.

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 1

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. 

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 2

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! 

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 3

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.

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 4

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.

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 5

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.

Low Maintenance Decking Options that Make Upkeep a Breeze

Low Maintenance Decking Options that Make Upkeep a Breeze

low maintenance decking optionsIf 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.

low maintenance decking optionsVinyl 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, which makes 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. It feels light and hollow as you walk across it, however, 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 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 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, 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.