Do I Need a Deck Permit to Build a Deck?

Do I Need a Deck Permit to Build a Deck?

When you want to build a deck, there are several things to consider…Build A Deck 101: It surprises many people to find out that one of the most important steps in building a deck is getting a permit to actually build the deck. Which begs the question: When you want to build a deck, why is a permit important, and how does someone obtain a building permit?

Why is a permit necessary for deck building?

  • Getting a permit for building a deck makes sure that the deck is built up to code standards and that the deck is in abidance with local regulations.
  • Building deck without a permit can result in heavy fines and contractors can even lose their licenses.

How to obtain a deck permit:

  1. Find out where to obtain building permits in your area. Most likely you will need to go through the municipal building department. The location of Building Inspections Departments depends mostly on the city you live in.
  2. Your plans will  need to be in compliance with The IRC or IBC
    1. IRC Requirements for a single family residential home
    2. IBC Requirements for multifamily or commercial
  3. Submit a completed application. It is important to include a site plan showing your future deck layout and design in relation to the house, property lines, etc.
    1. Submitting Deck Plans for Permits

More Important Deck Permit Tips:

  • Remember when applying for a permit to build a deck, to apply in advance from your scheduled construction start date. This is to avoid any project delay if you end up needing to submit additional information.
  • You will need to be ready to pay permit fees.  “Some permit fees for decks are based on the value of the project, others are based on the size of the deck, and yet others are set fee . . . You can call your building inspections division to find out how they charge for deck permit fees” (Plan Review Fees). 

By following the guidelines set in place you will know that you have a safe deck that is up to all the codes. It will also only benefit you in the long run if you ever decide to sell your house.

Wahoo Decks can help you decide what aluminum deck product will be best to use on your deck. Wahoo Decks offers aluminum decking that can be used to for decks in all shapes and sizes and Wahoo Decks can help you in the design process. Choose from AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking board, DryJoist 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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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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2 Easy Solutions to Help You Waterproof Your Deck

2 Easy Solutions to Help You Waterproof Your Deck

Creating a dry under deck area dramatically increases the usable space of your outdoor living oasis. Of course, the key is to make sure it’s done right so that your deck is indeed, waterproof.

At Wahoo Decks, we offer two different solutions to help you waterproof your deck or balcony—AridDek and DryJoistEZ.

Both of our waterproof aluminum deck solutions are naturally water-resistant due to the inherent nature of aluminum. Aluminum decking is also:

  • Innately strong and durable.
  • An environmentally-friendly decking choice. It’s made of 50% recycled aluminum and neither consists of – or requires cleaning by harsh chemicals.

Now, let’s review the difference in these two deck waterproofing products…

AridDek is an aluminum deck board with a tongue-in-groove design that creates a beautiful, low maintenance deck surface while providing the added bonus of an integrated gutter system for a dry, usable space below deck.

AridDek aluminum decking has a powder-coat to increase protection and durability, as well as color customization. Additionally, as with all our aluminum decking choices, it’s also a low-maintenance decking option. Aluminum decking also stays cooler than wood, composites, or concrete. AridDek is cooler to the touch when compared to traditional deck waterproofing options. The top surface of AridDek has texture for safety. The interlocking tongue-and-groove decking design of each watertight decking board forms a completely solid surface when connected.

*See an animation of how the AridDek waterproof aluminum decking system boards lock together when connected

AridDek also includes a hidden gutter system that serves to shuttle any water that does get through. And since it is one inch tall, it can also be the perfect replacement for existing decking.

More good news is AridDek’s simple installation process. AridDek goes over a traditional joist system and includes a start board, main boards, and a finish board. We recommend that AridDek be perpendicular to the structure so the water will drain at a point furthest from the structure.

*Learn more about how AridDek aluminum decking works

DryJoistEZ – our completely waterproof aluminum deck drainage system –is a watertight solution for a totally dry space under your deck area.

Made from marine grade aluminum, DryJoistEZ has many of the same benefits as AridDek aluminum decking. It’s tough and strong and it won’t ever rot, chip, warp, crack, or split.  Since the aluminum has a powder-coat, it doesn’t need paint.

DryJoistEZ is not only an alternative to wood framing, it’s an alternative to waterproofing a deck or balcony as well. The DryjoistEZ planks are capable of spanning 6’ post to post on a single span and 8’ post to post on a multi- span, eliminating the need for wood joists 12 or 16 inches on center. The underside of DryjoistEZ is precision extruded with grooves so that when planks are interlocked, they resemble a traditional beadboard pattern on the ceiling of the area below the deck. You can secure any type of decking material, all while forming a waterproof barrier for the space below the deck itself!

Can you imagine how much easier it would be to have your deck waterproofing be a proactive, well-considered, planned, part of your deck design instead of an afterthought? This means no more add-on gutters or drains to detract from your deck’s beauty or that only work part-time.

Today there are so many possibilities to maximize your outdoor living spaces! Between waterproofing options that allow you to have that fully dry area below, the ability to add wiring into the dry channel of the DryjoistEZ, and then the option to top it all off with beautiful, prestigious-looking and durable deck railing options, your deck plan can be truly unique.

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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Wahoo Decks Waterproof Decking: Harvesting Rainwater

Wahoo Decks Waterproof Decking: Harvesting Rainwater

Did you know when you install our waterproof decking it’s possible to harvest rainwater?

DryJoistEZ, and AridDek aluminum decks using Wahoo Decks‘ waterproof decking help to collect rainwater that would normally run right off your deck.

Harvesting and recycling rainwater has become more popular than ever.  Not only does it help the environment, but it also saves you money. Thus, it’s no surprise that many people are harvesting rainwater since the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day and more than 50% of that is for outdoor use (Bates).

There are several uses for the rainwater you can collect with our waterproof decking. For example, you can use the recycled water on plants or lawns and even use it to wash your car. Plants especially respond well to rainwater and therefore plant growth improves. This is because rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals (Rain Barrel Guide).

Here are more reasons why rainwater harvested from our waterproof decking is beneficial:

  • Relief of strain on other water supply
  • Ability to build or farm in areas with no other water supply
  • Increased water independence and security
  • Lower water supply costs
  • Reduced flood flows
  • Reduced topsoil loss
  • Control water saturation around foundations and basement walls
Drawing of a Rain Barrel for Harvesting Water

Diagram of a rain barrel.

To harvest rainwater from your Wahoo waterproof decking, you will need to have a gutter collecting the water that runs off of your deck. The simplest way to harvest the rainwater from your deck and gutter is to install a rain barrel. Rain barrels are simply large containers, usually ranging in size of 50-80 gallon barrels, that capture the rainwater at the end of the downspout of your gutter. They are a simple, efficient, and low-cost method for homeowners to collect and recycle the water runoff from the deck.

Check out the video to learn more about rain barrels.

If you are considering installing a rain barrel around your deck be sure to check with your city; some cities actually give away rain barrels for free or at least offer a discount.

Because Wahoo Decks offers a completely waterproof area below your deck via our waterproof decking, all rainwater is caught by our watertight decking boards and can be directed to a gutter. The area below your deck will stay completely dry while the water can be recycled. Making a difference in our environment is important to Wahoo Decks; that is why we are happy to offer waterproof decking systems with an under deck drainage system that makes it possible to easily harvest rainwater.

Wahoo Decks’ aluminum products, such as DryJoistEZ, and AridDek also help gain LEED credits.

  • Up to 2 points may be available for stormwater reduction (stormwater management practices)
  • Up to 2 points for water-efficient irrigation
  • 1 point for reducing a project’s sewage generation from the use of potable water by 50% or more

Visit Wahoo Decks online to learn more about Wahoo Decks’ products or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.

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Use Custom Walking Surfaces with DryJoistEZ Structural Deck Drainage System

Use Custom Walking Surfaces with DryJoistEZ Structural Deck Drainage System

Considering a structural deck drainage system?

There are many factors to consider when deciding to build a deck.  Often, one of the first questions you must ask yourself is, “What decking material should I use?”

If you are specifically considering a structural deck drainage system, that is one consideration. But there are others too!

There are plenty of decking products on the market, such as, composite, aluminum, and IPE. Once you have chosen a decking surface, you should consider the structure of the deck.

This is when a product like DryJoistEZ Structural Deck Drainage System can revolutionize your deck! DryJoistEZ’s patent-pending design has the necessary utility of traditional deck joists while also providing the freedom to build a truly custom deck surface, which is both waterproof and structurally sound.

structural deck drainage system DryJoistEZ

DryJoistEZ is made of marine-grade, precision-extruded aluminum. This structural aluminum deck system is strong enough to replace the need for conventional wood joists and is impervious to rot, insects, mildew, and fire.

But how can DryJoistEZ make your deck custom and unique?

With DryJoistEZ you have the choice of choosing your favorite decking surface and using it with DryJoistEZ Structural Deck Drainage System. This gives you the freedom to choose while also allowing you to have a dry below deck system. Your deck will be waterproof and the above ceiling will have a beadboard finish.

Just check out the photos to see how homeowners and builders incorporated different types of decking with DryJoistEZ.

multifamily developer uses dryjoistez with custom walking deck surface

This multifamily complex used a deck walking surface of their choosing and built the deck’s structure with DryJoistEZ.

waterproof dryjoistez with beadboard dry ceiling

DryJoistEZ provides the structure of the deck with a waterproof system and finished ceiling, all in one step!

To learn more about how DryJoistEZ Structural Deck Drainage System can benefit you in unique ways contact Wahoo Decks at 877.270.9387 or contact us at www.WahooDecks.com.

About Wahoo Decks

Headquartered in Dahlonega, 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 and Fortis, a non-watertight aluminum deck board. Additionally, Wahoo Decks, offers DryJoistEZ, a revolutionary waterproof and structural aluminum joist system, 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.