The 4 Most Essential Decking Accessories for Spring

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.
St. Patrick's Day Decor

3. Planters

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.

Create a wall of greenery and flowers with this wooden flower stand on wheels from Amazon.com.

St. Patrick's Day Decor

2. Deck Boxes

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.

We love this deck box from Target!

St. Patrick's Day Decor

4. Add A Fire Pit

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.

Fire pits also work great on our aluminum decking. Learn more about our fire-rating and choosing the right fire pit for your deck space here.

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.

The Montego Gas Fire Pit Table from www.woodlanddirect.com is a great option for most deck spaces. 

How will you accessorize your deck space this spring? Don’t foget to share pictures of your deck space to our social media account!

Tag @WahooDecks on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!!

Wahoo Decks: What to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

Wahoo Decks: What to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

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.

If you are a contractor interested in working with Wahoo Decks products, please send an email to info@wahoodecks.com or give us a call at (877) 270-9387.

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!

Deck Décor: Last Minute St. Paddy’s Day ‘Deck’orations

Deck Décor: Last Minute St. Paddy’s Day ‘Deck’orations

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.

Get yours here. 

St. Patrick's Day Decor

3. Create A St. Patrick’s Day Arrangement

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!

Get the details here. 

 

St. Patrick's Day Decor

2. Add Shamrocks

A festive way to incorporate seasonal décor is to include a door hanger. A welcoming touch to your home, while also being fun for the season! 

We found this cute hand-painted shamrock door hanger on Etsy.

St. Patrick's Day Decor

4. Outdoor Lanterns

Let your love for St. Paddy’s day shine day or night with festive lanterns! Dress up your deck for an evening party to celebrate! 

We found these leprechaun lanterns on Amazon.  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to share your “deckorations” on social media! Tag @WahooDecks on Instagram or Facebook!

Looking for Custom Deck Design Options? Look No Further!

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.

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. If you own a duplex or small apartment building with other investors, for instance, you’ll need to have a round-table 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 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, you must 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 contact 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

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.

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Number 5

Even if you can’t see your neighbors, unwanted noises can disturb your outdoor living area’s peace. 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 quickly. 

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.