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.

2 Waterproof Solutions

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.

Comparing the 2 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, mainboards, and a finished 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 sturdy and durable and it won’t ever rot, chip, warp, crack, or split.  Since 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.

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 generally 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 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 obtain the rainwater from your deck and gutter is to install a rain barrel. Rain barrels are just 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 give away rain barrels for free or at least offer a discount.

Because Wahoo Decks offers an entirely 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 space below your deck will stay completely dry while the water can be recycled. Making a difference in our environment is vital to Wahoo Decks; that is why we are happy to offer waterproof decking systems with an under deck drainage system that makes it easy to 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

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?”

Structural Deck Drainage Systems and Other Options

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.

How DryJoistEZ Can Make Your Deck Custom and Unique

With DryJoistEZ you have the choice of choosing your favorite decking surface and using it with the 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.

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Deck with DryJoistEZ

If you are dreaming of a deck just for a comfortable place to hang out, think bigger. Your outdoor deck can be your relaxation and enjoyment oasis.  Marine-grade aluminum offers a structurally sound outdoor deck option that will never rot, warp, crack, or fade. Our DryJoistEZ system is a perfect fit for those who want a dry under deck.

In addition to creating a 100% dry outdoor living space below, both DryJoistEZ are impervious to fire and insects. The 2″ tall structural aluminum joist has a powder coated finish so there is no need to prime, paint, or stain these materials for use on your outdoor deck.  This is one of the main benefits of DryJoistEZ.

However, there are some size benefits to installing DryJoistEZ as well.

DryJoistEZ when used for your outdoor deck, can span up to 8 feet on a single span without the need for a common wood joist. Also, DryJoistEZ is composed of the following parts:

  • 8″ Main Board
  • 4″ Main Board
  • 4″ End Board
  • 8″ Double Board
  • Channel Covers
  • Anchor Clips
  • Profile Trim

You also have the option of a 6 foot single span.  And again, DryJoistEZ has fewer parts.

  • 6″ Wide Main Board
  • 4″ Wide Multi Board
  • Profile Trim
  • Rail Anchors

DryJoistEZ offer a waterproof space below your deck. Whether you are building for a home or apartment, Wahoo Decks can provide you with an aluminum decking system that will be the perfect match for your next outdoor deck project.

To learn more about how you can purchase DryJoistEZ, visit Wahoo Decks.

How To Install Deck Lighting In a Totally Dry Under Deck Area

Knowing how to install deck lighting can mean an awesome upgrade for your outdoor living area!

Our DryJoistEZ aluminum decking and waterproof deck joist system creates a completely waterproof channel. This means you can have a totally dry under deck area perfect for adding lighting and other electrical upgrades.

Summer nights on your deck are a time for relaxation and fun! Wahoo Decks’ aluminum deck products that allow for a 100% dry under deck area. That makes it easy for you to get the most out of your deck, even at night!

There are several different types of lighting you can add to your outdoor deck.

One of the most popular ways to do this is by installing a low-voltage lighting system. Low-voltage lighting requires no electrical skills and can simply plug into an existing outlet. Click here for a step by step guide on how to install deck lighting. If you do not have wiring throughout your outdoor area, consider track lighting that is powered by a standard outlet.

Whether you decide to use track lighting or a low-voltage lighting system, “The best thing to do is to plan out your deck lighting system before you purchase any deck lights” (How to Install Deck Lighting).

how to install deck lighting

Enjoy your summer nights with a cool breeze by easily installing a ceiling fan to your under deck.

Installation of DryJoistEZ deck drainage system to create a dry under deck area makes installing wiring easier than ever!

From rope lighting to speaker wires to ceiling fans, installation is easy. It works best to install electrical wiring accessories at the timber support beam. Or, you can install on the dry channel of the deck drainage system. DryJoistEZ’s versatile design even allows you to install at every 6 inches. That means you can add all the deck lighting you want to create a fabulous dry under deck space!

Don’t miss out on the fun and relaxation time you can have on your deck, even at night!

Call Wahoo Decks. Let us 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. Plus, Wahoo Decks can help you in the design process. Choose from 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, or how to install deck lighting, call (877) 270-9387 and start planning for your dream deck today!

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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How to Obtain a Building Permit

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