Make the Most of Your Outdoor Deck with DryJoistEZ

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Deck with DryJoistEZ

If you are dreaming of a deck just for a comfortable place to hang out, think bigger. Your outdoor deck can be your relaxation and enjoyment oasis.  Marine-grade aluminum offers a structurally sound outdoor deck option that will never rot, warp, crack, or fade. Our DryJoistEZ system is a perfect fit for those who want a dry under deck.

In addition to creating a 100% dry outdoor living space below, both DryJoistEZ are impervious to fire and insects. The 2″ tall structural aluminum joist has a powder coated finish so there is no need to prime, paint, or stain these materials for use on your outdoor deck.  This is one of the main benefits of DryJoistEZ.

However, there are some size benefits to installing DryJoistEZ as well.

DryJoistEZ when used for your outdoor deck, can span up to 8 feet on a single span without the need for a common wood joist. Also, DryJoistEZ is composed of the following parts:

  • 8″ Main Board
  • 4″ Main Board
  • 4″ End Board
  • 8″ Double Board
  • Channel Covers
  • Anchor Clips
  • Profile Trim

You also have the option of a 6 foot single span.  And again, DryJoistEZ has fewer parts.

  • 6″ Wide Main Board
  • 4″ Wide Multi Board
  • Profile Trim
  • Rail Anchors

DryJoistEZ offer a waterproof space below your deck. Whether you are building for a home or apartment, Wahoo Decks can provide you with an aluminum decking system that will be the perfect match for your next outdoor deck project.

To learn more about how you can purchase DryJoistEZ, visit Wahoo Decks.

What is a Deck Drainage System?

What is a Deck Drainage System?

Ever wonder what a deck drainage system is? Should you stay indoors just because it’s a rainy day? Of course not! That’s the beauty of a deck drainage system, you can enjoy the area under your deck, even on a rainy day.

How does a deck drainage system work?

Similar to having gutters on your house, a waterproof deck drainage system helps keep things dry below your deck. These systems are perfect for high decks if you want to make use of the large area below the deck as storage all while creating a dry under deck ceiling!

Wahoo Decks offers three types of waterproof deck systems.

The first type is the AridDek.  It is an aluminum decking board with an innovative waterproof tongue and groove design that creates a beautiful, low-maintenance deck surface. AridDek watertight decking boards provide the added bonus of an integrated gutter system for a dry, usable area under the deck. The safe, non-skid textured surface naturally stays cooler to the touch than traditional decking.  AridDek was designed and engineered for high traffic use in the most demanding applications.

ariddek aluminum decking deck drainage system

AridDek waterproof aluminum decking creates a dry space below the deck and also provides a walking surface.

The next two types are DryJoist and DryJoistEZ.  They are structural deck drainage systems with a built-in waterproof solution. They replace traditional wooden joists while creating a 100% dry space in the area below. It’s a single system with an integrative design that eliminates add-on gutter systems, waterproofing membranes or drainage substructures.

dryjoist deck drainage system

Choose any walking surface you like, you’ll still have a dry area below your deck with DryJoist or DryJoistEZ deck drainage system!

What are the benefits of a Wahoo Deck Drainage System?

  • Sustainable building product: Wahoo’s aluminum is made from 50% recycled aluminum; fully and repeatedly recyclable and qualifies for LEED credits.
  • Low maintenance: trouble-free solution for creating a dry space below a deck with minimal upkeep.
  • Simple installation: requires only standard deck building tools and any building professional or handyman.

Whether you have a high deck or a deck that’s low to the ground, a deck drainage system allows you to get the most out of your deck, even on a rainy day!

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 www.WahooDecks.com.

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

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).

how to install deck lighting

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!

How Snow Affects Your Aluminum Deck Safety

How Snow Affects Your Aluminum Deck Safety

One question that may pop into your mind about safety as winter rolls in is how snow affects your aluminum deck safety.

If you live in colder areas where snow can build up, the safety of your aluminum deck can be something of a concern. Even areas that don’t typically see a lot of snowfall are being pummeled lately, so folks who haven’t had to worry about ice and snow in the past are now concerned with building decking surfaces that will be able to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Wahoo aluminum decks and decking surfaces are not only durable and water resistant; they are also extremely versatile and engineered to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. This gives you peace of mind regarding aluminum deck safety and enjoying the winter weather while you anticipate Spring time.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure the safety of your aluminum deck under snow loads.

1. Build a structurally sound deck to begin with!

If you are building a deck it is crucial that you follow all building codes. Products by Wahoo Decks, such as DryJoistEZ structural deck drainage system, comply with all current International Building Codes. Wahoo Decks also offers assistance with the engineering of building decks by providing 3rd party engineering reports for load span capabilities. Just by knowing the limitations of the decking material you are using can make the difference between having a structurally sound deck or an unstable one. Learn more about the load span of Wahoo Decks’ aluminum deck materials.

2. Seasonal Inspections

Inspecting your deck will help you catch any red flags before they turn into a problem. It is important to inspect before winter so that you can help to prevent accidents or even a collapse. Also, check your deck before beginning to use it in the spring and summer, especially if you had a heavy snowfall during your winter months. As the saying goes, “better safe than sorry!”

Click here for great tips to go by when inspecting the safety of your deck.

3. Clear excessive snow routinely

Use materials that will not scratch or otherwise harm your decking surface (especially AridDek or other Wahoo Decks aluminum deck boards), such as, plastic shovels, push brooms, and warm water. Clearing your deck in the winter months will help prevent harm from snow and ice; it will also keep your deck looking great for spring.

Aluminum deck safety is a top priority when it comes to manufacturing Wahoo Decks aluminum decking products such as AridDek, DryJoist, DryJoistEZ, and Wahoo Rail. If you are building a deck and anticipate snow loads, visit Wahoo Decks. You can also contact us to learn more about all of Wahoo Decks’ aluminum decking products or call (877) 270-9387 if you have any questions.

Sources:
Deck-Collapse-Report by Michael Morse, Brittany Corwin, Robert Morse, and Andrew Johnson

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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!