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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Outfitting your outdoor living space can effectively increase your house’s square footage, especially if you live in a more temperate climate with sun much of the year. However, even if you live in a rainier area, you can still create the deck of your dreams if you follow these steps:
Choose Your Decking Material First
First up: decking material. There are many fine, low-maintenance decking options to choose from, including vinyl, treated wood, or aluminum. The final effect depends on your budget and personal desires, so speak to a decking expert before making the final call.
Note: If you want a fire pit on your deck, make sure you choose a nonflammable decking material such as aluminum and put down a large, fireproof grill mat. The same goes for your barbecue, which you can absolutely have in your outdoor living space as long as you prepare for potential flames and cinders.
Create a Decorative Theme to Direct Your Style
There are a huge number of deck styles from which to choose.
The first step here is to consider the weather. If you live somewhere rainy, then it’s smart to design your deck to work even during drizzles (or downpours). That means putting up thick canvas to make a tent on part of the deck, right near the door. That way, you can still enjoy those cozy fires and thick blankets, even when Mother Nature is having a tantrum.
If you live somewhere with clear skies most of the year, congratulations! You’ll still want to account for weather, though, with a sunshade or thick cushions for cold, cloudless nights. Now to the fun part! Possible style options include:
Laid-back Bohemian vibes with bright pillows, hanging lanterns, tapestries, and perhaps even a Persian rug underneath an overhang. Just be sure to roll that rug up, as well as any other non-waterproof furnishings, before the rains come.
Luxurious African safari furnishings, with hanging mosquito netting, neutral furniture, and steamer trunks to serve as tables. Complete the look with wooden carvings of animals, wicker mats, and old-school glassware for your cocktails and mocktails.
Beach chic, with tropical prints, turquoise pillows, and wind chimes, complete with a conch or two (or ten). Make sure to throw out some Hawaiian-print towels for pool or hot tub dipping, if that’s an option!
Complete the Effect with Full Amenities
Of course, your deck only becomes a rocking outdoor living space once you add in all the little comforts of life. In addition to pillows and blankets, make sure you have glassware accessible, along with small plates for tapas and reusable cloth napkins that match the décor (environment first!).
Let Our Experts Help You Transform the Living Space outside Your Home
Now that you’ve got some ideas for your outdoor living space, what are you waiting for? The first step is designing a deck that will accommodate the people, furniture, and activities you’ve got in mind. If you need help thinking through specs or materials, please feel free to reach out to our team at Wahoo Decks any time. Our friendly representatives are happy to help walk you through the process, so connect with us online now.
Curious how to light your deck to make the space more functional? It’s hard to resist basking in those cool evening temperatures. But it can also be hard to keep the party going in total darkness. Or even worse, maybe you have harsh floodlights illuminating your deck after dark. Both situations are not ideal for relaxing or partying. Some good lighting would go a long way to improve your deck’s look and function for those evening gatherings.
So you know you need outdoor lighting solutions, but you’re not sure where to start. Wahoo Decks can help. Here are our best suggestions for how to illuminate your deck to make it an outdoor oasis:
They may not be everybody’s top choice, but rope lights have a lot going for them. First off, they are weather-resistant. Rope lights are easy to install along deck edges or under handrails. When installed this way, they become recessed lighting that illuminates walkways without blasting harsh light at your eyes. They are durable and long-lasting. You can leave them out all year, and they will always compliment your outdoor space.
If your outdoor lighting needs are not consistent, a few portable lanterns could make a huge difference for your cookouts. Lanterns are a versatile addition to your lighting scheme because you can move them around as needed. Whether it’s a dark buffet table or a heated game of cards, a lantern or two can solve many lighting problems.
Does your landscaping include paths, patios, or sidewalks? These are great places to add walkway lighting. There are some wonderful solar lights on the market that will last a long time and provide superb lighting at night. Or, if you want to wire them to your existing system, a good installer will make short work of this improvement project.
Statement Piece Chandelier
If your deck has an overhang above it, a bold outdoor chandelier can provide ideal illumination and a focal point for your deck’s lighting scheme. Weather-resistant lighting fixtures come in a range of styles and colors to suit your taste. Choose dimmable light bulbs for maximum effect.
For reliable illumination of tables, grills, and other high-use areas, you can’t beat spotlights. You no longer have to have super bright bulbs for spotlights, making these a more pleasant option for your deck illumination needs. A soft but steady spotlight can help you set the tone for the perfect evening events out on your deck.
Wahoo Decks Knows How to Light Up Your Deck
Georgia trusts Wahoo Decks for all their deck needs. We can help you design the right setup for your backyard, from lighting and stereos to deck construction. Complete our contact form online today so we can light your deck right away.
Planning to build a deck? You may wonder what’s the best season in which to do so. There are many factors to consider when planning and installing a deck. Choosing the best season to build a deck may not only save you money; it will ensure you can enjoy your deck by summer.
Builders and contractors are less likely to be booked up in the fall or winter months. Therefore, it’s more likely that they can build your deck during this time. In the warmer months, contractors are busy and sometimes will even need to put projects on waiting lists. But getting started early in the planning of your deck should help you avoid these problems.
Off-Season Deck Perks
In the off-season, contractors will probably have more time to focus on your specific project and also have a more flexible schedule. However, it’s different for those who live in areas where it stays cold for a longer amount of time. You may not be able to build due to heavy freezing, but you can go ahead and start planning your deck. Because even getting a permit during an off-season can save you time and avoid those long lines at the permit office!
Also, keep in mind that you may even save money if you choose to build in the fall or winter months. Usually, a contractor will be more willing to negotiate on the price during the off-season. This goes for building products as well. There is no guarantee that the products will be cheaper. However, there is a better chance of discounts and incentives.
No Time Like the Present
When it comes to building a deck, the old saying holds true, the sooner, the better! Instead of having to stay indoors and watch your deck be built you’ll be able to your enjoy the luxuries of your deck by summer. You’ve still got plenty of time to start planning your outdoor deck. Wahoo Decks offers AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking product. We have DryJoist and DryJoistEZ, a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist. Finally, we offer 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!
We love offering deck design tips and hope you enjoy them too! So, below are 7 deck design tips for adding privacy to your deck! A deck is an enjoyable place for friends and family. From cooking out to relaxing with a book it can be a place for a party or a place for relaxation. What could make a deck design even better? Perhaps a little privacy is just what you need.
Whether you buy a pocket garden or make one, it’s a simple and unique way to add privacy. Simply hang it and you not only have your very own garden. Also, you’ll enjoy having added privacy to your deck.
A pergola works the same way as a tree, adding just the right amount of shade and privacy to your deck design. Finally, it’s the perfect combination for those hot summer days.
The great thing about a curtain is its versatility in regard to your deck design. Curtains come in a variety of sizes and colors. Therefore, you’re in control of your decor and the amount of privacy you want for your deck.
For those that have a green thumb, flowers and plants are a fun way to add privacy. Choose your favorite flowers, plants, and shrubbery and add as little or as much privacy as you want!
Awnings/Canopies come in all types of shapes and styles! A canopy not only offers privacy from second story onlookers. Also, it protects you from the hot sun.
The wonderful thing about a trellis is the privacy it provides without restricting daylight or airflow. Add a bench like the homeowners did in the photo featured above for a day of privacy and relaxation.
A gazebo is a beautiful way to add privacy while also incorporating shade and even a sitting area.
About Wahoo Decks:
Headquartered in Dahlonega, 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.
Wahoo Decks proves aluminum deck materials have excellent fire safety! With our aluminum decks, building a deck is an exciting project. But one priority you should not forget is the fire safety of your deck.
“Decks catch fire one of two ways. A burning [amber] landing on the surface of the deck is all that’s required. . . The other common cause of deck fires is flames from unmaintained vegetation igniting the deck from below” (Bolton). Grill fires, for example, are often a cause for fires and can even lead to the fire dangerously spreading. “32% of grill fires on residential properties start on patios, terraces, screened-in porches, or courtyards, while an additional 24% start on exterior balconies and unenclosed porches” (FEMA).
That’s why it is essential to consider a product (such as our aluminum deck options) that is non-combustible and fire-safe when building a deck. However, most decking boards are not fireproof and can easily smoke and smolder.
Wahoo Decks recently decided to investigate the flammability of our aluminum deck boards in a hot charcoal test. This test involved taking hot charcoal from a grill and setting in on decking boards, such as wood/plastic composite, pressure-treated pine, and Brazilian Ipe hardwood and comparing it to AridDek aluminum decking.
Check out the video below to see what happens when hot charcoal lands on decking boards.
It just takes a short amount of time before other boards begin to melt, smolder, smoke, and burn to the point of ruin. Whereas AridDek bears no marks or burns and does not even smoke from the hot charcoal. Simply wipe it down, and AridDek looks good as new.
Remember the importance of fireproofing your deck when considering decking material options for your deck. Safety is essential in all aspects of your home, whether it’s inside or outdoors! Visit Wahoo Decks online to learn more about Wahoo Decks’ other fireproof aluminum decking products or call at 1 (877) 270-9387.