While trends are fleeting, starting with a quality made aluminum decking materials from Wahoo Decks gives you a solid, long-lasting deck space in which to create your ideal outdoor oasis. Allow us to be your inspiration for decking trends this year.
1. Deck Lighting
The entertaining doesn’t have to stop when the sun sets. Using deck lighting can be aesthetically pleasing while being functional. With multiple options to choose from, there is a lighting style appropriate for your deck.
The upgrades you make to your home’s surrounding area should be beautiful, while fulfilling a purpose and not add to your workload. When choosing a decking material, there’s no need to choose a high maintenance deck that will be more work than enjoyment. Saving time and money with Wahoo Decks aluminum decking options will guarantee enjoyment of your deck for years to come.
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When planning the layout of your deck, don’t forget to consider plants for the space. Plants enhance the look and feel of your outdoor living area. While plants are both functional and beautiful, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when choosing plants for your deck.
Pest Repellent Varieties
When enjoying your deck, you don’t want to spend the entire time swatting at flies or smacking mosquitoes. Instead of using bug spray, consider plants that will naturally do the job for you. Here are a few of our favorites and what bugs they keep away:
Petunias – these brightly colored flowers not only look and smell amazing, but they also keep away beetles, aphids, and tomato worms
Marigolds – golden and beautiful, marigolds will help keep mosquitoes and aphids out of your deck garden space
Lavender – both flagrant and beautiful, known to repel mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and moths
Alliums – large purple flowers that defend against cabbage worms, aphids, carrot flies, and slugs
When caring for your plants and flowers, consider using containers for your deck. Unless you have ample space to create planter boxes for soil and irrigation, containers is the way to go. You can plant a wide variety of flowers, shrubs, and grasses in containers. Some of the easiest plants to care for include geranium, hibiscus, lantana, coleus, and Japanese forest grass. But don’t limit yourself to this short list. Visit your local garden center for more ideas for the best container flowers and grasses for your deck.
Plant for Privacy
Not all deck owners will have a need to create a privacy barrier, but those that would like more privacy, can plant their way to a private oasis. Use your creativity to create a more private deck with shrubs, trees, and bushes right on your deck. Small evergreen trees and shrubs that grow tall instead of wider are a great option. Using arborvitae and cypress are both good choices that you can keep in containers that will grow into a natural wall of greenery.
Clematis is a flowering vine that is a beautiful way to create a curtain between you and your neighbors. Boxwoods are a beautiful shrub that you can plant in a row to make a screen for your deck. You can also include some horsetail reed grass or even some bamboo for a similar effect. A combination of these privacy creating plants can make your deck both secluded and beautiful.
Plants can elevate any deck to its full potential. However, if you are unhappy with your current deck situation, maybe it’s time for a change. If you’re looking to install or upgrade your residential deck, call our team at Wahoo Decks. We will design the most durable and functional deck for your home. Then you can create the garden deck oasis you’ve been dreaming of.
Occupy your deck to the fullest extent with the right accessories for the spring season. After a cold winter season, everyone is ready to be outside and soaking up the sunshine. Spring deck entertaining is a great way to kick off the outdoor entertaining season and fully enjoy all your deck offers.
Successful outdoor entertaining requires some basic furnishings and comforts to help accommodate guests that visit your deck. A folding table and camp chairs could do the job. Or you can create an outdoor oasis that will benefit you during each season. As your trusted deck experts at Wahoo Decks, we are happy to use our years of experience to help you achieve top deck status.
Here are our picks for 4 essential spring decking accessories:
1. Deck Furniture
Deck furniture is available in a wide range of materials, colors, and styles. Purchasing high quality items can be done at multiple price points. Choose furniture that fits your needs on your deck while also fulfilling the vision you have for your deck. With deck furniture your main focus should be quality and comfort.
Use the fresh spring weather to care for plants and flowers around your deck. While a spring and summer accessory, planters add a touch of greenery or color to decks that make entertaining that much more fun. Whether you’re planting primarily ornamental plants and flowers or using a small garden box to grow your own veggies, planters add interest to any deck space.
If you’re using a planter on your aluminum decking, it is important to use something elevated to resist staining the powder coated finish on your aluminum deck boards- and always avoid anything with metal legs, as those can cause your aluminum decking to rust.
When shopping for deck accessories, a deck box should be at the top of your list. Deck boxes allow for storage of other accessories, while completing your cohesive deck décor. Many full deck furniture sets offer a coordinating deck box as well. Locating a matching deck box is a task easily completed.
With the chill of winter lingering after the sun sets, a fire pit helps to give parties just the right amount of warmth to keep going. The choice is yours be it a gas fire pit that allows you to control the flame or a traditional wood burning fire pit. Fire pits are available in many different sizes and styles.
If you decide to use a firepit on your aluminum deck, it is important to use something between metal bottoms or legs and your deck surface. Metal-on-metal contact with your deck can cause the powder-coated surface of your deck to scratch and cause your deck to rust.
Hiring the right person to undertake your next deck project is exciting and nerve-filled! You more than likely have your deck envisioned in your mind, and you do not want to lose that vision when hiring a contractor. This is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly, especially with the amount of money you will be putting forth for the deck. There are several useful services such as Thumbtack and Angie’s List that will help you find contractors in your area and allow you to read reviews. But you should still conduct a thorough interview and ask a comprehensive list of questions. Here is our list of considerations when it comes to choosing the right contractor.
Why Hire a Contractor to Build Your New Deck?
If you are limited on time, past building skills, or you would just rather pay a professional you will need the help sifting through which contractor is right for you.
While building a deck isn’t actually that hard, technically speaking. The hard part is making sure it checks all of the boxes of a quality deck:
Is it properly shored up?
Will the foundations settle or give?
Is the deck earthquake safe?
Are there any lawsuit dangers?
Is it up to building codes?
If you can’t guarantee all of the above questions will be taken care of, then it is best to hire a professional in this situation. While many homeowners could handle the building of a wooden deck, they aren’t as knowledgeable about using composites or aluminum, one of the sturdiest and longest lasting materials on the market. You need a contractor who knows about all of the above.
How to Interview Contractors to Find the Right One
Always conduct multiple interviews before hiring a contractor. Helpful questions to ask include:
Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
How many clients like me have you served, and over how many years?
Can you provide examples of the type of deck I am interested in?
What kind of warranty do you offer in case something goes wrong?
What is the upkeep for this type of deck?
What are the main drawbacks associated with the type of deck I am interested in? (Please note: there are always a few, and an honest contractor will tell you what they are, so you can compare your opinions objectively.)
What type of materials do you use?
The last question is one of the most important. A contractor who is willing to buy cheaper materials in order to increase their profit margin does not have your best interests at heart. They’re less likely to do a thorough job on the build and to honor any warranties, so you will want to avoid them at all costs.
What You Need to Know When It Comes to Deck Material
The best way to avoid working with inferior contractors is to ensure upfront that they use the best processes and materials. You have several options when it comes to decking, and you should be aware of what they are before you start talking with prospective contractors. Your options include:
Wood – which you must paint or stain to get the long-lasting effects.
Composite – which mimics the look of wood but is still noticeably artificial.
Aluminum – which is sturdy, long-lasting, and available in a variety of colors.
Ask your deck contractor about their experiences with each material before deciding on a path forward.
Are you ready to move forward with contacting potential contractors to build your new deck? First, get in touch with a quality decking company to find the decking material and style that will work for you.
Our friendly team is ready to help you create an approach that pleases your clients, helps you build trust with your prospects and fills out your portfolio with aplomb. Don’t wait; get in touch with us today!
We love dressing our Wahoo Decks up for each holiday, and St. Paddy’s Day is no different! Show your deck some love with our seasonal picks. Check out our 4 simple ideas for decorating your deck this season.
1. Irish Style Bunting
Bunting is a fun way to dress up your deck, while providing an easy clean up when the celebration is done. Just attach to your front or back railings. Bunting is a great décor piece, because it lasts for years when stored properly.
Showcase your creativity with a fun green, shamrock filled arrangement for your deck! This diy project is sure to wow the neighbors and can be made with décor you already have on hand. This arrangement was created with Dollar Store finds!
Everyone has different preferences and uses for their deck. This is why finding out about custom deck design options from Wahoo Decks is a great place to start.
When you’re getting started, you need to consider whether you want to utilize extra areas underneath your new deck.
For Custom Decks without Dry Areas Underneath
If you’ve decided you want a deck, but you don’t need the area underneath to stay dry for storage or living spaces, the Fortis option could make sense for you. This aluminum deck board is similar to conventional wood planks in function but without the maintenance needs. It never needs any sealing and requires only occasional cleaning.
Fortis does more than help you to steer clear of damage from bad weather and pests. It provides owners with durability and ease of installation. The non-watertight surface doesn’t become hot in direct sunlight and is also non-skid for added safety.
For Custom Deck Design Options with Dry Areas Beneath
When you wish to take advantage of all the available space in your yard, under-deck areas are essential. However, they only work if you can keep them dry, which means selecting the right material for the job. AridDek waterproof aluminum decking is one option that does more than provide a surface for your new deck. It also serves as a drainage system. This includes an integrated gutter design that ensures the area underneath has protection from moisture.
The AridDek boards fit together snugly in a tight formation, forcing the majority of rainfall to roll off the surface entirely. Any water that manages to get through the groves gets funneled into the gutter system. This keeps the area under your deck clear, even in heavy precipitation.
Get a Professional Deck Consultation and Quote
Regardless of the space, you have or the features, you want the most important part of any new deck project is the provider. Wahoo Decks has built a reputation for providing only the highest-quality decking materials available. Our aluminum materials will outlast the competition. We aim to give you many more years and spare you the costs of repairs for long-term financial benefits.
Reach out to our team of professionals for a quote, consultation, or to request more information.