10 Benefits of Using AridDek Aluminum Rooftop Decking

10 Benefits of Using AridDek Aluminum Rooftop Decking

Ever considered aluminum rooftop decking?

Many businesses, hotels, restaurants, etc. are beginning to use their rooftop as extra space for patrons.

Aluminum rooftop decking is the perfect decking surface for these rooftop applications!

You know that AridDek is useful in many different types of applications, such as decking and docks, commercial and residential.

But did you know that AridDek is the perfect aluminum roof decking for rooftop applications?

In a majority of AridDek rooftop installations, a waterproof roof already existed, however, the architect or developer still decided to install AridDek. Not for its waterproof feature, but because AridDek aluminum decking is lightweight and durable as a walking surface.

Other benefits that make AridDek ideal as aluminum rooftop decking:

  • Powder-coated Finish: The powder-coated finish of AridDek provides a durable, non-slip surface for rooftop decking
  • Fire-Resistant: AridDek is a safe, fire-resistant walking surface, ideal for both residential and commercial applications
  • Light Weight: AridDek weighs one pound per linear foot, which makes AridDek easier to handle and much lighter than using concrete pavers
  • Durability of Aluminum: Rooftop decks face exposure to the elements 24/7; however, aluminum will not warp, rot, or decay over time
  • Recyclable: AridDek features 50% post-industrial/post-consumer scrap aluminum
AridDek rooftop decking on Coors party deck in San Francisco

Coors Party Deck at AT&T Park in San Francisco

From hospital rooftops to baseball stadiums, AridDek was designed and engineered for high traffic use in the most demanding applications.

AridDek’s interlocking aluminum decking boards create a seamless surface with an integrated hidden gutter system that channels water away and provides flexible sizing for any width or length of a rooftop deck. Each decking board is secured with a hidden fastener system, resulting in a gapless, skid-free, single layer watertight rooftop decking surface.

Whether commercial or residential, AridDek is ideal for any deck rooftop application!

Wahoo Decks’ aluminum decking is not only the highest quality but the best value you’ll find anywhere. Click here for more information and visit www.wahoodecks.com or call us today at 877-270-9387 to learn about rooftop options using AridDek!

Understanding Your Options for Deck Waterproofing – Comparing & Contrasting

Understanding Your Options for Deck Waterproofing – Comparing & Contrasting

You’ve decided on your perfect deck design. It’s two-stories—a top deck and an area below. Perhaps you’ve also determined that you want – or need – that bottom space to be a dry under deck entertaining (or even storage) area. Now, how about options for deck waterproofing?

If so, choosing the best options for deck waterproofing is vital.

Demand for such decks has grown in recent years. It’s increasing, according to many reports online, specifically those directly sourcing decking contractors. One such professional reported in a DeckingMagazine.com article on deck waterproofing, that 2/3 of his projects consist of elevated decks (higher than 6’ feet). Lately, offering a dry under deck option for those customers has resulted in successful upsells most of the time. Yet, not for no reason. Often for very little additional money over the basic deck cost or expense, a homeowner can double usable space.

If your dream deck plans consist of space below the top deck where you will hang out or stow valuable (or even semi-valuable) items, you will need the top deck to be fully waterproof. That’s why choosing a proper deck waterproofing option is so critical.

Challenges one might face in how to waterproof a deck right include:

  • Managing weather exposure such as excessive sun/heat or in colder climates, freeze-thaw-freeze
  • Preventing pooling or managing excessive standing water due to even slight deck or ground slope
  • Maintaining aesthetics and function despite foot traffic, the elements (weather or insects), and weight loading

Furthermore, one of the major problems with most options for deck waterproofing – says the author of the DeckingMagzine.com article referenced above – is this.

Until recently, the challenge has been to successfully deliver a repeatable, proven dry space that offers long-term client satisfaction. We’ve tried all sorts of approaches over the past 20 years, most of which suffer from the same premise: They allow the water to travel through the decking first and then try to divert the water away from the framing underneath.

Furthermore, he says, “To manage the water, we’ve trained crews to deal with rubber, vinyl, and aluminum below-decking and ceiling contraptions. But all of these systems have short-term and long-term faults. You don’t want to catch and trap dirty water in hidden areas. You have to encase the framing or the underside of the decking with moisture, heat, and sometimes even ice. Also, you want to avoid creating a habitat for animals and their excrement, hair, nests, food, and debris. Not only that, but most of these systems also void most composite-decking product warranties. Finally, we’ve found that all of these systems eventually leak.”

Even considering these challenges, there are a few different choices you have for waterproofing a deck. But all methods for creating a waterproof deck with a dry space below are not all created equal.

So, what are those options?

Vinyl Waterproof Decking or Tiles

Two of the more common options for waterproofing a deck, either of these can be effective. However, they are generally shorter-term in effectiveness than many of the other choices for deck waterproofing available today. You’ll be looking at more frequent replacement.

For one, their aesthetic – and functionality – can often (quickly) be harmed by surface exposure (such as weather or cuts/gouges by furniture). Additionally, they must be installed very diligently to fully prevent leaks. That’s a concern even from day one, much less as time goes by and the products are exposed to the elements and simply, “age.”

Decking Surface “Additives” for Waterproofing

Superficial surface options that are often added to an existing deck for waterproofing purposes include those such as polymer-enhanced cement or a metal lath covering. Usually, these have a good fire rating and stand up to furniture and general wear-and-tear better than vinyl.

However, to remain effective at keeping deck waterproofing intact, these add-ons often require frequent “touch-ups” as well. Thus, you might enjoy some initial cost savings by not having to totally re-do a deck to enhance waterproofing. But you have to take into account the amount of upkeep and maintenance required over time.

A Deck Waterproofing “Membrane”

This deck waterproofing protocol involves placing a plastic or vinyl “membrane” between the decking and the substructure. The idea being that this will prevent water from leaking below. However, for this to be effective, especially over long periods of time, a high-quality (usually expensive) membrane must be purchased and for maximum efficiency. Plus, you’ll need to get it installed by specially-trained professionals.

When the utilization or integration of a membrane is attempted as a DIY deck waterproofing method, this method has a higher risk of installation error or failure. Furthermore, if those negative results should happen, costs stand to skyrocket since decking requires removal and repair or possible replacement of the membrane.

PVC and Vinyl Waterproof Decking Boards

Some of the newer PVC and vinyl decking board waterproofing options use an interconnecting board style. They aim to prevent water from ever making it through the deck surface to maintain the dry under deck space. The design concept is strong. Customers often report several problems with these choices. One is that these hollow-based, flexible-material surfaces are noisy. That’s due to the hollow core causing expansion and thus, “knocking” against adjacent boards. Additionally, the surface can be easily-scratched, scraped, or cut like any other PVC or vinyl surface. Finally, colors can fade quickly or become altered due to UV exposure.

Aluminum Decking Boards

One of the most recent advancements comes with the interlocking aluminum decking board as we manufacture here at Wahoo Decks. We offer two specific products for deck waterproofing—AridDek and DryJoistEZ.

The surface of our AridDek aluminum decking boards is naturally waterproof and is not harmed by water in any way. The safe, non-skid, textured surface also naturally stays cooler to the touch than wood, composites, or concrete. The powder-coating color options added to the planks are pretty. Plus, it helps protect the recycled, durable, aluminum surface and keep it even cooler to the touch than it is normally.

AridDek has an interlocking decking design that prevents water from penetrating the decking. Each of the AridDek decking boards is also engineered with a continuous-channel, hidden gutter system so if any water does happen to get through, it goes into the channel and is carried away from the deck and area below. AridDek goes on top of any desired joist system and can even cover existing decking.

DryJoistEZ is a structural aluminum deck waterproofing system and provides part of the deck structure along with a finished beadboard “ceiling” appearance underneath! If installed correctly, it is 100% waterproof and won’t ever leak. Even better, you can use it underneath your favorite decking surface option for complete and total waterproofing that looks as amazing from below as it does from the top of the deck.

No matter what your deck waterproofing needs, we at Wahoo would love to help you choose the best options. Get in touch and tell us about the deck design you are trying to achieve. Quotes for our products on your deck designs are always complimentary and we’d love to help you create the perfect waterproof deck for you!

Solutions to Multifamily Decking and Balcony Applications

Solutions to Multifamily Decking and Balcony Applications

Multifamily decking and balcony applications are a specialty here at Wahoo Decks.  We offer an all-in-one decking and balcony system for use in multifamily construction. Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of aluminum decking, including drainage systems for exterior decks, balconies and low-slope roofs. Wahoo products have been engineered to be easier to install, have more flexibility in design options, and to resist natural elements better than other traditional deck drainage systems. With the recent upswing in the multifamily segment, Wahoo Decks has developed dedicated and full-time resources focused on multifamily applications.

AridDek aluminum decking multifamily solution

Macedonia Apartments in Arlington, Virginia

AridDek Aluminum Decking

AridDek aluminum decking is a waterproof surface approach for decks.  The AridDek aluminum deck boards will never warp, crack, or fade. Time and time again AridDek has proven to be the perfect choice for remodeling, repair, or construction of exterior balconies in multifamily applications.

The single deck board system of AridDek capitalizes on the natural durability and longevity of an aluminum deck board, while also supplying a fireproof balcony that will not ignite, smoke or burn. The non-combustible, fireproof deck board is also ideal for multifamily applications in high fire risk zones.

Not only does AridDek offer durability and safety for owners, it also assists builders in achieving points towards LEED credits. AridDek uses 50% recycled aluminum content from industrial and post consumer aluminum scrap. This means AridDek is environmentally friendly.

DryJoistEZ used on Radius Apartments in Newport News, Virginia

DryJoistEZ Structural Deck Drainage System

Gone are the days of rubber membrane systems or concrete balconies.  DryJoistEZ creates its own joist for the structure of the balcony or patio with a finished ceiling underneath. Additionally, the top of the joist allows for any type of walking surface material.

Made with marine-grade aluminum, the DryJoistEZ system has excellent weathering characteristics. It also provides protection to the components themselves.  Furthermore, the structural design creates a 100% waterproof area below the balcony or deck, complete with a finished ceiling.  By using this marine-grade aluminum, you will have a completely waterproof deck.

Comprehensively, DryJoistEZ offers a simple one step solution so that multifamily developers can add structure, waterproofing, and durability to a balcony.

DryJoistEZ is also naturally-resistant to rot, decay, warping, insects. Thus, the DryJoistEZ system will last longer than pressure treated lumber and other materials typically used to create balconies and patios.

Like AridDek, DryJoistEZ is environmentally safe. It uses 50% recycle content in manufacturing. Thus, it assists builders in achieving points towards LEED credits based on the standards set forth by the LEED Green Building Rating System within the categories of Recycled Content of Materials and Construction Waste Management.

Wahoo Rail as used in the Wahoo Complete System

Your options do not end at decking

The Wahoo Rail system was initially developed for commercial multifamily applications. Wahoo Rail is a quick, durable, and easy-to-install kit that is perfect for finishing your deck.

Available in white, mocha, and antique bronze, Wahoo Rail is 100% aluminum with a powder-coated finish. Kits include all hardware and materials for each section include one post assembly.

Wahoo Complete is one product that focuses exclusively on the need for a complete multifamily decking and balcony system.

Wahoo Complete includes everything a developer or general contractor could need for their multifamily decking and balcony needs. It is a pre-fabricated aluminum balcony for use in multifamily residential communities and includes railing, substructure framing and decking. Support is dependent on building design, options include either rod hung, knee-braced, post supports or cantilevered beams.

Wahoo Complete in New Brunswick, Canada

Like other decking products from Wahoo Decks, the Wahoo Complete balcony system is 50% post industrial, post consumer scrap aluminum. All balconies are fireproof, powder-coated, marine-grade aluminum. There US manufacturing and assembly is unique to Wahoo Decks. With a Wahoo Complete balcony, all multifamily balconies are dry-below deck. Meaning, no water, dirt or debris will fall to the balcony below.

Each Wahoo Complete project is a custom design by professional engineers to meet project specifications and building code requirements. Wahoo Decks will provide detailed drawings for construction and installation. Additionally, Wahoo will provide on-site consultation and training to the installation contractor as desired.

Wahoo Complete balconies are delivered at the job site and are bolted right onto the side of the building, it’s that easy!

From a surface approach like AridDek aluminum decking, to a structural approach such as DryJoistEZ, to a turn-key complete multifamily decking and balcony package like Wahoo Complete, Wahoo has your decking needs covered. Wahoo Decks is proud to offer several alternatives to traditional methods of building an exterior balcony. Further, Wahoo’s products are uniquely engineered to save time/labor. They also last longer and require lower maintenance than traditional balcony construction methods.

Deck Design Ideas: What Size Deck Should I Have?

Deck Design Ideas: What Size Deck Should I Have?

Looking for deck design ideas? We can help!

Decided you want to build a deck but you need help with deck design ideas? If you don’t know where to start, this is normal. There are many things to consider. Probably one of the first things you need to think about when building a deck is the size you want your deck to be.

The size of your deck can depend on many other outside factors, such as budget, space, and your surroundings. After examining these things you can easily decide what the perfect size of your deck should be.

What’s Your Budget?

Knowing what your budget is before you get too immersed in the design planning of building your deck is very important. When budgeting, think about the cost of decking materials and labor. After you’ve come up with a budget that you are content with, it’s time to start thinking about the space you’ll want or need for your deck.

How Will You Use It?

Ask yourself when you begin to design, “What will I be using my deck for?” Answering this question will help you size the deck to your needs. For example, if you plan on throwing a lot of outdoor parties, you may want to remember to keep your deck larger so that there is plenty of room for seats, people, and tables. Once you know how you are going to use the space, sketch out the deck size and then place everything you’ll use there. Don’t forget your furniture, plants, grills, or seats. Keep in mind the area under your deck when you are planning the measurements of your deck. The under-deck can be used for outdoor living or storage. If you choose a waterproof decking product, such as AridDek or DryJoistEZ structural deck drainage system, the space will also be protected from the rain.

What Is Your Space Like?

The space and size of your deck can also depend on your surroundings, like the size of your house and yard. “A deck’s scale should reference the size of the house and yard proportionately” (Establishing An Appropriate Scale).  Consider what size of deck will best balance the house and surroundings. Ask yourself, “How much space do I really need?” You may want a wrap-around deck and if that’s the case, just remember how large a yard you have. Same goes for even if you want a small petite deck, you must have the proper amount of yard for your decking project and this must be considered. For best results when sizing your deck, use 2’ increments, an example of these types of measurements would be: 10’ x 12’, 12’ X 14’, or 14’ X 16’.

We Can Help You with Deck Design Ideas

Once you have your measurements for your deck, your deck designing and building can begin! Wahoo Decks can help you decide what product will be best to use on your deck. Wahoo Decks offers aluminum decking products that can be used to build decks in all shapes and sizes. Choose from AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking board,  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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Establishing an Appropriate Scale

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!

2 Easy Solutions to Help You Waterproof Your Deck

2 Easy Solutions to Help You Waterproof Your Deck

Creating a dry under deck area dramatically increases the usable space of your outdoor living oasis. Of course, the key is to make sure it’s done right so that your deck is indeed, waterproof.

At Wahoo Decks, we offer two different solutions to help you waterproof your deck or balcony—AridDek and DryJoistEZ.

Both of our waterproof aluminum deck solutions are naturally water-resistant due to the inherent nature of aluminum. Aluminum decking is also:

  • Innately strong and durable.
  • An environmentally-friendly decking choice. It’s made of 50% recycled aluminum and neither consists of – or requires cleaning by harsh chemicals.

Now, let’s review the difference in these two deck waterproofing products…

AridDek is an aluminum deck board with a tongue-in-groove design that creates a beautiful, low maintenance deck surface while providing the added bonus of an integrated gutter system for a dry, usable space below deck.

AridDek aluminum decking has a powder-coat to increase protection and durability, as well as color customization. Additionally, as with all our aluminum decking choices, it’s also a low-maintenance decking option. Aluminum decking also stays cooler than wood, composites, or concrete. AridDek is cooler to the touch when compared to traditional deck waterproofing options. The top surface of AridDek has texture for safety. The interlocking tongue-and-groove decking design of each watertight decking board forms a completely solid surface when connected.

*See an animation of how the AridDek waterproof aluminum decking system boards lock together when connected

AridDek also includes a hidden gutter system that serves to shuttle any water that does get through. And since it is one inch tall, it can also be the perfect replacement for existing decking.

More good news is AridDek’s simple installation process. AridDek goes over a traditional joist system and includes a start board, main boards, and a finish board. We recommend that AridDek be perpendicular to the structure so the water will drain at a point furthest from the structure.

*Learn more about how AridDek aluminum decking works

DryJoistEZ – our completely waterproof aluminum deck drainage system –is a watertight solution for a totally dry space under your deck area.

Made from marine grade aluminum, DryJoistEZ has many of the same benefits as AridDek aluminum decking. It’s tough and strong and it won’t ever rot, chip, warp, crack, or split.  Since the aluminum has a powder-coat, it doesn’t need paint.

DryJoistEZ is not only an alternative to wood framing, it’s an alternative to waterproofing a deck or balcony as well. The DryjoistEZ planks are capable of spanning 6’ post to post on a single span and 8’ post to post on a multi- span, eliminating the need for wood joists 12 or 16 inches on center. The underside of DryjoistEZ is precision extruded with grooves so that when planks are interlocked, they resemble a traditional beadboard pattern on the ceiling of the area below the deck. You can secure any type of decking material, all while forming a waterproof barrier for the space below the deck itself!

Can you imagine how much easier it would be to have your deck waterproofing be a proactive, well-considered, planned, part of your deck design instead of an afterthought? This means no more add-on gutters or drains to detract from your deck’s beauty or that only work part-time.

Today there are so many possibilities to maximize your outdoor living spaces! Between waterproofing options that allow you to have that fully dry area below, the ability to add wiring into the dry channel of the DryjoistEZ, and then the option to top it all off with beautiful, prestigious-looking and durable deck railing options, your deck plan can be truly unique.