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.
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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.