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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. 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

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.

cut the noise

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.

What Are the Top Benefits of Aluminum Decking?

What Are the Top Benefits of Aluminum Decking?

If you are replacing your old wood deck, the benefits of aluminum decking make it the most logical choice. Aluminum decks last much longer than wood ones. Even if you perform routine maintenance on a wood deck, it will rot away in about 20 years. In contrast, an aluminum deck will last a lifetime. They make your yard more attractive and functional. They are a cost-effective alternative to wood. Here are a few more excellent benefits of aluminum decking.

Aluminum Decks Are Longer Lasting Than Wood

Moisture, sun exposure, and mildew destroy wood decks in a few years. Wood absorbs any moisture it’s exposed to, whether it comes from the sky or an ill-placed sprinkler. Absorbing water softens the wood and causes it to swell. If the wood stays soaked for a long time, mildew will grow on the wood and discolor the surface. When the wood lays in direct sunlight, it dries out. This constant cycle of swelling and drying can cause the wood to crack and splinter over time.

Aluminum decks cannot absorb moisture. And in fact, some aluminum decking materials have water-diverting channels built-in. If you have an area underneath the deck you don’t want wet, these aluminum decks could be what you have been looking for.

Aluminum Decks Don’t Attract Pests

As with any wood structure, termites and other boring insects can cause significant damage to a wood deck. Until Mother Nature comes up with a metal-eating termite, your aluminum deck is safe from pest damage.

Aluminum Decks Are More Sustainable Than Wood

There is never a shortage of aluminum for fabricating decks and other structures. Piles of recyclable aluminum do the world no good just sitting there. But trees play a pivotal role in Earth’s ecosystems. Without trees, none of us would be here because there would be no oxygen in the air. Lumber companies indeed replace the trees they harvest. But you don’t have to worry about that problem with aluminum. Choosing an aluminum deck saves several trees’ lives.

Aluminum Decks Are Low Maintenance

It is possible to extend the life of a wood deck with yearly care. But cleaning, repairing, and re-sealing a deck is expensive and backbreaking work. Some experts estimate it could cost up to $450 each year to maintain the average wood deck. When you choose an aluminum deck, all you have to do is hose it down, and you’re done. It doesn’t get much more low-maintenance than that.

Reap the Benefits of Aluminum Decking

Wahoo Decks is North Atlanta’s preferred source for aluminum decking. We engineer our products for flexible design options, fast installation, and weather resistance. Call Wahoo Decks today to get your aluminum decking quote.

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! So, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Wahoo Decks:

Headquartered in Dahlonega, 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.

Deck Ideas: 5 Safety Tips for Having an Outdoor Fire Pit

Deck Ideas: 5 Safety Tips for Having an Outdoor Fire Pit

Looking for ways to make your deck more enjoyable? Our deck ideas can help! One of the more popular deck ideas these days is adding an outdoor fire pit to your living area. No matter what season it is,  you can break out the fire pit with friends and family. After all, “According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces, are the number one requested design feature today,” (HGTV).

While portable fire pits are a lot of fun, there are some serious safety precautions to keep in mind when handling them.

  1. Your outdoor fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
  2. Avoid windy conditions by checking the weather forecast
  3. Stay up to date on any burn bans that might be in effect
  4. Pick up leaves and any other combustible materials in and around the fire pit
  5. Keep a container of water nearby and a garden hose close

While you’re getting ready to entertain and considering all your deck ideas, bear in mind the location you put your fire pit. Do NOT put a portable fire pit on your deck if it is made of wood. This can be very dangerous! If you were to knock over the coals it can also ruin your deck’s walking surface. However, with AridDek aluminum deck boards, you’ll never have to worry about coals from your portable fire pit ruining or igniting your deck.

Check out this video to see how AridDek aluminum decking compares to other common decking options in a hot charcoal test:

Remember, you should always keep your portable fire pit at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface. 

About Wahoo Decks

Headquartered in Dahlonega, 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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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, but there’s a reason that Robert Frost coined the phrase “Great fences make great neighbors.”  You have begun to design your new outdoor living area. Next, you’ll want to consider ways to make that living area private as 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.

design tips for privacy

Plant Walls

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. 

curtains

Curtains

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!

build lattice partitionLattice

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.

design tips for privacy

Hedges

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.

design tips for privacy

Buffer Noise

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.