AridDek: Perect for Marine Decking Applications

AridDek: Perect for Marine Decking Applications

Did you know Wahoo Decks’ beginning happened when Wahoo Docks developed AridDek, an aluminum deck product for marine decking applications?

AridDek is now one of the most popular aluminum decking board options on the market. (And it’s perfect as marine decking too!)

AridDek’s debut all started over a decade ago when Wahoo Docks engineered AridDek as the perfect marine decking for their low-maintenance aluminum boat docks.

Now Wahoo Decks’ AridDek marine decking is used on docks and gangways, and if that wasn’t enough, you can also purchase dock accessories from Wahoo Decks!

AridDek has numerous benefits when used on docks and gangways:

1. Easy to clean

Simply clean your AridDek dock decking board periodically with soap and warm water and your dock decking looks as good as new.

2. Stability

Over time wood docks can rot. But not AridDek! Not only is it very stable but it also does not materially degrade; even with intense exposure to sunlight and water. This makes your dock or gangway long-lasting and impervious to insect damage, rot, and other types of decay.

3. Lightweight

Because AridDek is lightweight and watertight it makes AridDek ideal for upper deck applications.

4. Slip Resistant

Your dock or gangway may need to be near the water but that doesn’t mean you need to risk slipping! AridDek is slip-resistant because of its ribbed texture and slip-resistant powder coating.

5. Cooler to the Touch

Because of aluminum’s high thermal conductivity and its light color options, AridDek provides a surface that naturally stays cooler to the touch than composite, concrete, or wood decking materials

dock with dock acccessories

In addition to the fact that AridDek is perfect for your dock or gangway, remember that you also have abundant options for selecting dock accessories!

Here are just some of the dock accessories options you have when creating your ideal dock or gangway:

Kayak Rack

    • Securely holds (2) kayaks or canoes
    • Heavy-gauge aluminum construction
    • Powder-coated antique bronze finish

PWC Port

    • Handles most PWCs up to 1500 Lbs
    • Colors: tan or gray speckle
    • Heavy-duty hardware

Captain’s Swiveling Dock Chair

    • Ipe hardwood seat and back
    • Marine-grade aluminum frame with antique bronze powder-coated finish
    • Swivels 360 degrees

2 or 3 Person Dock Bench

    • Ipe Hardwood seat and back
    • No sealing, staining or waterproofing required
    • Bench available to mount or purchased with swing hardware to hang from the roof of your dock

For all these reasons and more, Wahoo Decks’ is proud to offer AridDek for marine applications. Wahoo Decks aluminum decking is not only the highest quality but also the best value that you’ll find anywhere. For more information visit www.wahoodecks.com or call us today at 877-270-9387 to learn more about your aluminum marine options!

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

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.

Setting:

  • 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 www.wahoodecks.com. You can also contact us online or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.

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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 http://www.WahooDecks.com.

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.