AridDek Aluminum Decking ‘Keeps its Cool’ When Put to the Test

AridDek Aluminum Decking ‘Keeps its Cool’ When Put to the Test

AridDek waterproof decking

Even on a hot day, AridDek stays cooler than other deck board options, leaving it free for everyone to enjoy.

How hot does AridDek aluminum decking get in the sun compared to other decking?

Understandably this is a frequent question when it comes to AridDek aluminum decking.  No one wants to worry about scorching their bare feet on a hot summery day.

Thus, on a hot day in Georgia, Wahoo Decks set out to find this answer by testing the temperature of AridDek aluminium decking compared to other common decking board options.


  • 90 +/- degrees Fahrenheit

Deck boards:

  • AridDek Aluminum Deck
  • Capped Composite
  • Wood/Plastic Composite
  • Solid PVC
  • Ipe Brazilian Hardwood
  • Pressure Treated Pine

Watch the video below to see what happens with AridDek’s product!

Results (in Fahrenheit):

  • AridDek: 124
  • Pressure Treated Pine: 124
  • Ipe Brazilian Hardwood: 138
  • Tan solid PVC: 145
  • Grey Solid PVC: 151
  • Grey Wood/Plastic Composite: 141
  • Reddish/tan wood/plastic composite: 135
  • Dark Brown capped composite: 151

Why is AridDek cooler than other decking options?

  • Aluminum decking dissipates heat better than any other decking surface.
  • The lighter color finish reflects most of the sun’s rays, as a result, less heat is absorbed into the metal.
  • The average mass of the Ariddek aluminum decking is lower than that of the other deck boards. This means it holds less heat.

But don’t take our word for it, Kevin Stevens at KMS Woodworks also did a temperature test in Colorado, check out his testing results!

Wahoo Decks offers a variety of aluminum products such as, AridDek, DryJoistEZ, and Wahoo Rail. Wahoo decking is a waterproof deck solution which creates a dry under deck area below. To learn more about Wahoo decking material visit You can also contact us online or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.


We Tested It: How Hot Decking Materials Get by Kevin Stevens

Decking Ideas: 2 Simple Tips to Extending the Life of Your Wahoo Aluminum Deck

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.

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 deck 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.
  • 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 Dahlonega, 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

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!

How to Create Your Dream Outdoor Living Space on Your Deck

How to Create Your Dream Outdoor Living Space on Your Deck

Outfitting your outdoor living space can effectively increase the square footage of your house, 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 from which to choose, 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 firepit 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 take weather into consideration. 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.

How to Light Your Deck to Make It an Outdoor Oasis

How to Light Your Deck to Make It an Outdoor Oasis

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 flood lights illuminating your deck after dark. Both situations are not ideal for relaxing or partying. Some good lighting would go a long way to improve the look and function of your deck 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:

Rope Lights

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 hand rails. 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.

Walkway Lights

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, which makes 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. From lighting and stereos to deck construction, we can help you design the right setup for your backyard. Complete our contact form online today so we can light your deck right away.

Deck Design Tips: 7 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Deck

Deck Design Tips: 7 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Deck

We love offering deck design tips and hope you enjoy them too!

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.

Pocket Gardens

deck design tips - pocket garden

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.


deck design tips

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.


curtains as deck design


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. 


garden deck design tips

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!


deck canopies

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.


trellis on a deck

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.


deck design tips

A gazebo is a beautiful way to add privacy while also incorporating shade and even a sitting area.

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

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Pocket Garden

DIY Pocket Garden

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Plants 1

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