Top Tips for Deck Design

Top Tips for Deck Design

It may seem daunting at first, but it’s possible to use an interactive deck design guide to get the deck results you have in mind. The key is to avoid getting caught up in what other people tell you. The most important factor in designing a deck is your lifestyle. Consider your family and the ways you plan on getting the most out of your new deck.

Will you be entertaining big crowds on it? Would you prefer separate elevations for different types of activities? How much space is at your disposal? The more questions you ask yourself, the clearer the picture of your ideal deck will become.

Review these top tips for deck design that could help you move forward in the process:

Consider the Deck’s Space and Intended Use

The character of the attached home should help guide the deck’s design. You want them to make sense together. However, it’s also important to remember that not every house structure is right for a new deck addition. Look into local regulations and safety codes to make sure you can build before going any further down that road.

You’ll also need to determine whether or not you want your deck to have a cover. Commonly known as porches, covered decks allow you to enjoy the outdoors even when the weather isn’t on your side. Porches do require additional framing, which takes up more room, and some people prefer the openness of a deck without the cover, so it’s worth weighing the pros and cons before deciding.

Which Deck Material Best Suits Your Needs?

  • Once upon a time, the only decking material out there was wood, but times have changed. Although wood variants are still commonplace, there are now several other options from which to choose. The ideal choice depends on your plans and preferences, but some of the materials to consider include:
  • Natural cedar and redwood: Vibrant, natural colors without additives or chemicals
  • Wood composites: The natural look of wood, but refinishing is impossible
  • Pressure-treated lumber: Economical and accessible, it’s today’s most popular decking material.
  • Aluminum: More costly upfront but longer-lasting with resistance to pests, weather, and damages to the finish

Don’t Forget about Deck Lighting

It’s easy to overlook something like natural light when you’re agonizing over a new deck installation. Still, you don’t want to end up with something you aren’t happy with after all that time spent stressing over the designs. A good rule of thumb is to aim for having both sunny and shaded sections to ensure there is a comfortable place to hang out regardless of outdoor conditions.

Whether you’re hoping to curl up in the shade with a book or to soak in some sunlight, you should be able to use your deck to the fullest. Deck lighting is a good investment for this reason, as it doesn’t make much sense to spend on a new deck that you can’t even enjoy after dark.

Where Do I Begin with My New Deck Design?

Once you’ve figured out what you want, there’s still the matter of putting your plans into motion. At Wahoo Decks, our experts can work with your ideas and space to create a deck you’ll love. Contact us online now for a deck design guide fitted to your specific needs and the professional services to get the job done right.

Choosing Plants for Your Deck Space

Choosing Plants for Your Deck Space

If you’re planning a deck, don’t forget to consider the plants for the space. Plants can enhance the look and feel of your outdoor living area. But they can be functional as well as beautiful. Here’s what to keep in mind when choosing plants for your deck space.

Pest Repellent Varieties

No one wants to sit out on the deck and spend the entire time swatting flies or smacking mosquitoes. Instead of using toxic spray or spending time applying bug spray, consider adding plants that can keep the bugs at bay for you. Here are a few of our favorites, and what 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 – flies, moths, and mosquitoes all hate lavender
  • Chrysanthemums – this colorful flower contains pyrethrin, a compound that is a strong deterrent to mosquitoes, roaches, ticks, beetles, and silverfish

Consider Containers

To make plant and flower care easy, consider containers for your deck. Unless you have the space to create boxes for soil and irrigation, containers are the way to go. You can plant a wide variety of flowers, shrubs, and grasses in containers. Some of the easiest to care for include geranium, hibiscus, lantana, coleus, and Japanese forest grass. But don’t limit yourself to this short list. Go crazy! Visit your local garden center for more ideas for the best container flowers and grasses for your deck.

Plant for Privacy

If you’re lucky enough to have a naturally private space for your deck, you don’t need to worry about creating artificial privacy. However, many people have homes close to other houses, and one of the best ways to create privacy on your deck is with the right plants.

You can get creative with your green thumb and make an oasis out of shrubs, trees, and bushes right on your deck. Small evergreen trees and shrubs that grow up instead of out are a great option. 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 the same effect. A combination of these privacy-creating plants can make your deck both secluded and beautiful.

Even the worst deck can look great with the right plants. But if you’re not happy with your outdoor space, maybe it’s time for a change. If you’re looking to install or upgrade your residential deck, make sure you talk to the team that knows how to do it right. The pros at Wahoo Decks can help design and install the most durable and functional deck for your home. Then you can create the garden deck oasis you’ve been dreaming of.

4 Tips for Choosing Decking and Railing Colors for the Best Results

4 Tips for Choosing Decking and Railing Colors for the Best Results

Choosing decking and railing colors isn’t the easiest task on your to-do list, but trust us, you can have fun if you take the right approach. Here are four tips to help you remove the stress and arrive at a decision pronto:

1. Make a Plan for Choosing Decking and Railing Colors

It’s often hard to make big decisions, so before you start, make a plan to get the job done in a timely fashion. First, gather the decision-makers to the scene. If you own a duplex or small apartment building with other investors, for instance, you’ll need to have a round-robin discussion before making any decisions. Or perhaps you only have to take counsel from a spouse, or maybe it’s just you, which certainly makes it easier.

Next, gather your options. Sitting down with a giant array of colors is likely to make anyone freak out. Instead, ask yourself the simple questions, such as:

  • Do I want paint, stain, composite or all-weather aluminum, which never needs treatment or repainting?
  • Do I care about matching the decking and railing colors to the rest of the house, or can I choose a look independent of the home?
  • What colors do I gravitate toward?

Once you narrow down your options, you’ll have an easier time considering colors.

2. Choose a Small Number of Colors

Again, you’ll only make yourself crazy if you try to pick from a hundred different colors. It’s important to consider only a few options – three is ideal. Studies show that more than three options and people tend to shut down and pick nothing. Don’t let that happen.

Instead, work with a decking company that provides the kind of decking you want. Give them a color range – say, neutrals or grays – and see what they have to offer. If you must expand outward, do so, but go with your gut at first.

3. Test the Colors Against Your Home or Building

Before committing to a large-scale project like a new deck, it’s crucial that you test those colors. After you choose yours, order a large enough sample to lean against a representative portion of your wall. Make sure you have decking material, house paint and trim in the picture so you get a real feel for the color combo.

4. Give Yourself Time to Change Your Mind … But Not Too Much

We, humans, are in a constant balancing act between impulsivity and analysis paralysis. You don’t want to make a decision you might regret, but neither do you want to spend too long thinking about it. Make your decision, then give yourself a week to change your mind before moving forward. In the case of a committee, move forward immediately.

Now that you know more about choosing decking and railing colors, you’ll have an easier time doing the job. If you want to learn more or order samples, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Wahoo Decks today. Our friendly team will answer your questions and provide all the help you need along your journey to an awesome deck!

Top 5 Deck Design Tips For Privacy: Plan Your Outdoor Oasis

Top 5 Deck Design Tips For Privacy: Plan Your Outdoor Oasis

It’s great to have great neighbors. However, there’s a reason that Robert Frost coined the phrase “Great fences make great neighbors.”  Now that you’ve begun to design your new outdoor living area consider ways to make that living area private.  This should be part of your perfect deck design. Our top 5 deck design tips for privacy provide privacy while also adding depth and beauty to your new deck space.

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 1

Using hanging planters that are as simple or as elaborate as you like, a wall made up of hanging baskets is beautiful and fresh and creates a verdant screen for your deck space. Check out this tutorial from Martha Stewart. 

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 2

Outdoor curtains can add shade to your deck or patio area, and they give your decor a touch of drama and romance. You can find them at Home Depot or Lowe’s, and prices range from $15, up to $90. They’re quick and easy to install. We also love this DIY idea for making your outdoor curtains out of drop cloths! 

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 3

Wooden lattice sections are very inexpensive and easy to work with. Done right, you can use them to create a privacy screen for your outdoor space that is stylish and attractive, in addition to providing privacy and camouflage for unseemly power outlets, compost bins, or AC compressors.

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 4

The classic hedge wall makes the perfect privacy partition. This option can take a while to cultivate, but the lush green foliage also functions as a property marker, windscreen, and sound barrier. If you are uncomfortable designing complex landscape layouts on your own, you’ll want to consult a landscape design expert. You can also find many online suggestions and tips if you prefer to DIY.

top 5 deck design tips for privacy

Number 5

Even if you can’t see your neighbors, unwanted noises can disturb the peace of your outdoor living area. Block sound from neighbor’s dogs or noisy traffic areas, and cancel your own noisemaking activities by creating a water feature. From simple and inexpensive, to more grand designs, most water features can be added in just a few days. 

If you’ve enjoyed our top 5 deck design tips for privacy, give us a call today to find out we can help you add the aluminum deck of your dreams to your home or business.

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

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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.

Pergola

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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

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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. 

Plants/Flowers/Shrubbery

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!

Canopy

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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

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.

Gazebo

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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 http://www.WahooDecks.com.

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Pocket Garden

DIY Pocket Garden

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Trellis

Learn More About Powder Coated Aluminum for Decks

Learn More About Powder Coated Aluminum for Decks

One of the benefits of using powder coated aluminum for decks is the simplicity it brings to decking materials.

Powder coated aluminum for decks products are easy to clean, durable, and can withstand harsh environmental conditions. But what exactly is powder coating and how does it affect the aluminum of Wahoo Decks?

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. It is mainly used for coating metals, in the case of Wahoo Decks’ products, the extrusions are powder coated. “Aluminum powder coating is the technique of applying dry paint to an aluminum product by electrostatically charging the powder and spraying it onto the product” (Powder Coating Aluminum and Metal).

Check out the video to see the process aluminum for decks goes through to be powder coated.

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Some of the advantages of powder coating aluminum for decks are:

  • They emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • The coatings are much thicker than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging
  • Eco-Friendly fully recyclable powder coating overspray
  • Finally, powder coating production lines produce less than hazardous waste the conventional

The aluminum must then go through tests which include salt spray testing and outdoor exposure testing.

We’ve talked a bit about corrosion resistance of aluminum and a salt spray test can measure the corrosion resistance of powder-coated aluminum. Test duration depends on the corrosion resistance of the coating. Therefore, the longer the period in testing without showing signs of corrosion, the more corrosion resistant the coating is. Wahoo Decks’ aluminum decking withstands 1500 hours of salt spray testing in 5% salt solution.

Another test to make sure your aluminum deck from Wahoo Decks can withstand external conditions, such as weather, is the outdoor exposure test. The South Florida Outdoor Exposure test involves exposing powder coated samples for a year in South Florida at a 45-degree angle facing south. The exposure site must be inland at least 3.2 km (2 miles) with no apparent adhesion loss, slight chalking, or fading.

Also, after the powder coating and the tests, Wahoo Decks goes even further to ensure you get the most out of your deck by warranting our aluminum products.  This warranty provides a leak-proof guarantee and a limited lifetime warranty.

Read Wahoo Decks Warranty:

Choosing a product such as powder coated aluminum means you get a deck that lasts and is low maintenance. Whether you are adding a deck to your home for the first time or simply want to redesign an existing deck, Wahoo Decks has a perfect aluminum product for you. Also, we can help you decide what product will be best to use on your deck. Wahoo Decks offers aluminum decking products that work great for building decks in all shapes and sizes. Choose from AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking board and 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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Powder Coating Aluminum and Metal

Powder Coating Plant Equipment [Video]

American Architectural

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