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

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.

What is a Deck Drainage System?

What is a Deck Drainage System?

Ever wonder what a deck drainage system is? Should you stay indoors just because it’s a rainy day? Of course not! That’s the beauty of a deck drainage system, you can enjoy the area under your deck, even on a rainy day.

How does a deck drainage system work?

Similar to having gutters on your house, a waterproof deck drainage system helps keep things dry below your deck. These systems are perfect for high decks if you want to make use of the large area below the deck as storage all while creating a dry under deck ceiling!

Wahoo Decks offers three types of waterproof deck systems.

The first type is the AridDek.  It is an aluminum decking board with an innovative waterproof tongue and groove design that creates a beautiful, low-maintenance deck surface. AridDek watertight decking boards provide the added bonus of an integrated gutter system for a dry, usable area under the deck. The safe, non-skid textured surface naturally stays cooler to the touch than traditional decking.  AridDek was designed and engineered for high traffic use in the most demanding applications.

ariddek aluminum decking deck drainage system

AridDek waterproof aluminum decking creates a dry space below the deck and also provides a walking surface.

The next two types are DryJoist and DryJoistEZ.  They are structural deck drainage systems with a built-in waterproof solution. They replace traditional wooden joists while creating a 100% dry space in the area below. It’s a single system with an integrative design that eliminates add-on gutter systems, waterproofing membranes or drainage substructures.

dryjoist deck drainage system

Choose any walking surface you like, you’ll still have a dry area below your deck with DryJoist or DryJoistEZ deck drainage system!

What are the benefits of a Wahoo Deck Drainage System?

  • Sustainable building product: Wahoo’s aluminum is made from 50% recycled aluminum; fully and repeatedly recyclable and qualifies for LEED credits.
  • Low maintenance: trouble-free solution for creating a dry space below a deck with minimal upkeep.
  • Simple installation: requires only standard deck building tools and any building professional or handyman.

Whether you have a high deck or a deck that’s low to the ground, a deck drainage system allows you to get the most out of your deck, even on a rainy day!

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 www.WahooDecks.com.

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.”  Now that you have begun to design your new outdoor living area, 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.


top 5 deck design tips for privacy

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. 


Outdoor Curtains

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! 


lattice

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.


hedge

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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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: Three Reasons a Pergola is Perfect for Your Deck

Deck Design: Three Reasons a Pergola is Perfect for Your Deck

Designing your deck can be fun because there are so many ideas to consider and things you can do to spruce up your outdoor deck area!

Whether your deck is low to the ground, multilevel or raised, a pergola can be that special something to add to your deck design.  Here’s three reasons a pergola is perfect for your deck:

1. Pergolas add privacy to your deck design

A pergola adds privacy to your deck design without shutting you off from the rest of the world. Therefore, if you want more privacy, consider adding a trellis to your pergola.

pergolas add privacy to your deck design

2. A pergola can add shade

A pergola works the same way as a tree, adding just the right amount of shade. Finally, perfection for those hot summer days!

deck design tip: pergolas add shade

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3. With a pergola, you can add a dining area to your deck design

Since a pergola keeps you cool, it’s a perfect place for spending time with friends and family. Pergolas usually are tall enough that you can place a table comfortably and have a sitting area for your guests. Great for parties and dining!

pergola with sitting area for your deck design

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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Pergola with Trellis

A Pergola on Raised Deck

Pergola with Kitchen Area

Wahoo Decks Announces, Fortis, a New Aluminum Decking Board

Wahoo Decks Announces, Fortis, a New Aluminum Decking Board

Wahoo Decks launches Fortis – an Aluminum Decking Board System – at International Builder Show.

Fortis attaches with a hidden fastener system and creates a low-maintenance decking surface.

 Wahoo Decks announced today from the International Builders’ Show at Booth #C6747 the launch of one of its newest products, Fortis, a non-watertight aluminum decking board system.

“We see great potential in rooftop applications,” said Jon Bailey, Vice President of Wahoo Decks. “Fortis gives architects and developers an option of having a durable roof deck product that is a fraction of the weight of concrete pavers or composites.”

Like other decking products from Wahoo Decks, Fortis is manufactured using 50% post industrial, post consumer scrap aluminum. All of the Fortis aluminum decking boards are fireproof, powder coated, marine grade aluminum and are manufactured and assembled in the U.S.

Fortis is available three different decking colors: sandstone, granite, or artisan clay.

The 8” aluminum deck board has a safe, non-skid surface that naturally stays cooler to the touch compared to other traditional decking planks. It is also designed for high traffic use in the most demanding environments, making Fortis is ideal for residential and commercial decking applications.

About Wahoo Decks

Headquartered in Gainesville, 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, DryJoist and DryJoistEZ, a revolutionary waterproof and structural aluminum joists, 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 or call 877-270-9387.