Do I Need a Deck Permit to Build a Deck?

Do I Need a Deck Permit to Build a Deck?

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 deck without a permit can result in heavy fines and contractors can even lose their licenses.

How to obtain a deck permit:

  1. 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.
  2. Your plans will  need to be in compliance with The IRC or IBC
    1. IRC Requirements for a single family residential home
    2. IBC Requirements for multifamily or commercial
  3. 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.
    1. Submitting Deck Plans for Permits

More Important Deck Permit Tips:

  • Remember when applying for a permit to build a deck, to apply in advance from 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 to 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, DryJoist 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!

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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.

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!

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