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.

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

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!

Lattice

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.

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.

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.

How To Install Deck Lighting In a Totally Dry Under Deck Area

Knowing how to install deck lighting can mean an awesome upgrade for your outdoor living area!

Our DryJoistEZ aluminum decking and waterproof deck joist system creates a completely waterproof channel. This means you can have a totally dry under deck area perfect for adding lighting and other electrical upgrades.

Summer nights on your deck are a time for relaxation and fun! Wahoo Decks’ aluminum deck products that allow for a 100% dry under deck area. That makes it easy for you to get the most out of your deck, even at night!

There are several different types of lighting you can add to your outdoor deck.

One of the most popular ways to do this is by installing a low-voltage lighting system. Low-voltage lighting requires no electrical skills and can simply plug into an existing outlet. Click here for a step by step guide on how to install deck lighting. If you do not have wiring throughout your outdoor area, consider track lighting that is powered by a standard outlet.

Whether you decide to use track lighting or a low-voltage lighting system, “The best thing to do is to plan out your deck lighting system before you purchase any deck lights” (How to Install Deck Lighting).

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Enjoy your summer nights with a cool breeze by easily installing a ceiling fan to your under deck.

Installation of DryJoistEZ deck drainage system to create a dry under deck area makes installing wiring easier than ever!

From rope lighting to speaker wires to ceiling fans, installation is easy. It works best to install electrical wiring accessories at the timber support beam. Or, you can install on the dry channel of the deck drainage system. DryJoistEZ’s versatile design even allows you to install at every 6 inches. That means you can add all the deck lighting you want to create a fabulous dry under deck space!

Don’t miss out on the fun and relaxation time you can have on your deck, even at night!

Call Wahoo Decks. Let us 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. Plus, Wahoo Decks can help you in the design process. Choose from 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, or how to install deck lighting, call (877) 270-9387 and start planning for your dream deck today!

3 Reasons a Pergola is Perfect for Your Deck

Designing your deck can be fun because there are so many ideas to consider and things you can do to spruce up your outdoor deck area!  Whether your deck is low to the ground, multilevel or raised, a pergola can be that special something to add to your deck design.  Here’s three reasons a pergola is perfect for your deck:

1. Pergolas add privacy to your deck design

A pergola adds privacy to your deck design without shutting you off from the rest of the world. Therefore, if you want more privacy, consider adding a trellis to your pergola.

2. A pergola can add shade

A pergola works the same way as a tree, adding just the right amount of shade. Finally, perfection for those hot summer days!

3. With a pergola, you can add a dining area to your deck design

Since a pergola keeps you cool, it’s a perfect place for spending time with friends and family. Pergolas usually are tall enough that you can place a table comfortably and have a sitting area for your guests. Great for parties and dining!

About Wahoo Decks:

Headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia, Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of award winning outdoor decking 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, DryJoist and DryJoistEZ (U.S. Pat. No. 8,276,344), a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits. For more information about Wahoo Decks, visit http://www.WahooDecks.com.

 

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Pergola with Trellis

A Pergola on Raised Deck

Pergola with Kitchen Area

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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Decks.com

How to Obtain a Building Permit

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2019 Deck and Patio Trends

Are 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.