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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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.
2 Waterproof Solutions
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.
Comparing the 2 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.
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, mainboards, and a finished board. We recommend that AridDek be perpendicular to the structure so the water will drain at a point furthest from the structure.
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 sturdy and durable and it won’t ever rot, chip, warp, crack, or split. Since 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.
Wahoo Decks calls on the resources and experience gained from both the decking and floating boat dock industries to build our multifamily aluminum balcony system – Wahoo Complete™.
Wahoo Complete is a prefabricated aluminum railing and aluminum balcony system that is exceptionally durable. Our customers love that it’s low maintenance and that it also meets the most stringent commercial deck safety standards.
These prefabricated balconies are constructed from high-quality marine-grade aluminum. They feature a durable baked-on powder coating to create a sturdy and attractive balcony addition for your building.
Builders Have Choices
Builders have the choice of using Ariddek waterproof aluminum decking, the DryJoist EZ deck drainage system, or traditional wood and composite decking. We can ship decking surface and drainage additions to job sites pre-trimmed and installed. That means you save time and money.
Wahoo Decks also offers either Wahoo Rail™premium aluminum railing or Wahoo Glass™ deck railing options with our balconies. Both of these options make it easy to create a complete balcony solution. For safety and visual appeal, you can mount these balconies on existing cantilevered beams, suspended rods, or even install them on posts.
During the building process, our support team works closely with building and design professionals. This helps us develop projects that are custom-designed to meet the specifications of each building plan. Working as a team results in a collaborative and fully-customized approach to designing and building the Wahoo Complete balcony system. Finally, using Wahoo deck rail will ensure that Wahoo Decks can create the perfect, complete, prefabricated balcony system for its valued customers in the architectural and development industries.
Are you looking for a safe, attractive, and durable multifamily aluminum balcony system and decking solution? We can help you make the right decision. Call us at 877-270-9387 or connect with us online today.
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.
Did you know when you install our waterproof decking, it’s possible to harvest rainwater? DryJoistEZ, and AridDek aluminum decks using Wahoo Decks’ waterproof decking help to collect rainwater that would generally run right off your deck.
Harvesting and recycling rainwater has become more popular than ever. Not only does it help the environment, but it also saves you money. Thus, it’s no surprise that many people are harvesting rainwater since the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day, and more than 50% of that is for outdoor use (Bates).
There are several uses for the rainwater you can collect with our waterproof decking. For example, you can use the recycled water on plants or lawns and even use it to wash your car. Plants especially respond well to rainwater, and therefore plant growth improves. This is because rain is naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals (Rain Barrel Guide).
Here are more reasons why rainwater harvested from our waterproof decking is beneficial:
Relief of strain on other water supply
Ability to build or farm in areas with no other water supply
Increased water independence and security
Lower water supply costs
Reduced flood flows
Reduced topsoil loss
Control water saturation around foundations and basement walls
Diagram of a rain barrel.
To harvest rainwater from your Wahoo waterproof decking, you will need to have a gutter collecting the water that runs off of your deck. The simplest way to obtain the rainwater from your deck and gutter is to install a rain barrel. Rain barrels are just large containers, usually ranging in size of 50-80 gallon barrels, that capture the rainwater at the end of the downspout of your gutter. They are a simple, efficient, and low-cost method for homeowners to collect and recycle the water runoff from the deck.
If you are considering installing a rain barrel around your deck, be sure to check with your city; some cities give away rain barrels for free or at least offer a discount.
Because Wahoo Decks offers an entirely waterproof area below your deck via our waterproof decking, all rainwater is caught by our watertight decking boards and can be directed to a gutter. The space below your deck will stay completely dry while the water can be recycled. Making a difference in our environment is vital to Wahoo Decks; that is why we are happy to offer waterproof decking systems with an under deck drainage system that makes it easy to harvest rainwater.
Wahoo Decks’ aluminum products, such as DryJoistEZ, and AridDek also help gain LEED credits.
Up to 2 points may be available for stormwater reduction (stormwater management practices)
Up to 2 points for water-efficient irrigation
1 point for reducing a project’s sewage generation from the use of potable water by 50% or more
Visit Wahoo Decks online to learn more about Wahoo Decks’ products or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.
It’s that time… you are thinking about your deck design. You’re considering what you want your deck to look like and functionality questions and concerns too! A low maintenance decking option may be what you are looking for.
If you define the word “low maintenance” you’ll find that it means: Requiring little work to keep in good condition. Sounds good for your deck design, right?
This is exactly how Wahoo Decks would describe AridDek aluminum decking; a low maintenance decking board option that requires little work for the owner while staying in good condition.
What makes AridDek a low maintenance decking option?
The 6005 T-5 series marine-grade aluminum and powder coat finish of AridDek needs no staining, sealing, or painting.
AridDek requires no structural upkeep outside of periodic cleaning with soap and water.
Other benefits of using AridDek.
AridDek is non-combustible; it simply will not ignite or burn
AridDek is durable and built to last. It is impervious to insects and will not split, splinter, decay, sag, crack, or rot.
Aluminum’s high thermal conductivity rapidly dissipates heat which keeps AridDek’s surface cooler than other common decking materials.
AridDek is family-friendly because it uses no harmful chemicals and is stain resistant.
And last but not least, AridDek’s unique design creates a 100% waterproof space beneath your deck!
Not only are AridDek aluminum deck boards low maintenance, but you also can count on AridDek to be durable and environmentally safe. To learn more about AridDek decking and other aluminum products by Wahoo Decks visit www.WahooDecks.com or call Wahoo Decks at 877.270.9387.