Wahoo Complete | A pre-fabricated aluminum balcony for use in multifamily residential communities.
Introducing Wahoo Complete – Pre-Fabricated Aluminum Balcony and Decking System for Multifamily Communities
Wahoo Decks announced today from the International Builders’ Show at Booth #C5350 the launch of its newest product, Wahoo Complete, a pre-fabricated aluminum balcony for use in multifamily residential communities.
This new aluminum balcony product with aluminum decking is an all-in-one system that will bring a safe, sustainable and fire-proof option to market for developers of multifamily communities.
The Wahoo pre-fabricated balconies include aluminum railing, substructure framing and aluminum decking, all in one. Developers have the option of two types of walking surfaces, AridDek aluminum decking or DryJoistEZ structural joists with traditional low-maintenance deck board options for the walking surface. Support is dependent on building design, options include either rod hung, knee-braced, post supports or cantilevered beams.
Like other aluminum decking products from Wahoo Decks, the Wahoo Complete aluminum balcony system is manufactured using 50% post industrial, post consumer scrap aluminum. All balconies are fire-proof, powder coated, marine grade aluminum and are manufactured and assembled in the U.S. Unique to Wahoo Decks, all balcony options are dry-below, meaning, no water, dirt or debris will fall to the balcony below.
“Creating a pre-fabricated offering was the natural next step in building on the success we’ve had selling into the multi-family market, especially considering many of the developers we’ve talked with recently are excited about saving time and labor on installation,” said Jon Bailey, Vice President of Wahoo Decks. “We are looking forward to bringing Wahoo Complete to market, especially during the International Builders’ Show.”
Each Wahoo Complete project is custom designed by professional engineers to meet project specifications and building code requirements. Wahoo Decks provides detailed drawings for construction and installation, as well as on-site consultation and training to the installation contractor.
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 a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and Wahoo Rail a complete line of aluminum railing kits.
A beautiful view of the newly installed DryJoistEZ at Radius Urban Apartments
Wahoo Decks announced today that Sifen Inc. has installed DryJoistEZ (U.S. Pat. No. 8,276,344), an award winning structural deck drainage system with a built-in waterproof solution, in its newest development, Radius Urban Apartments. Sifen Inc. chose DryJoistEZ for its low-maintenance eco-friendly features, durability and ease of installation.
Radius Urban Apartments were developed to raise the bar in eco-conscious and green residential communities. From top to bottom, Sifen selected environmentally friendly materials that would also outlast more traditional options. In keeping with this approach, Don Smith, Senior Vice President for Sifen Inc., wanted a balcony material that would act as a low maintenance, visually appealing alternative to wood framing. He discovered DryJoistEZ, a sustainable, environmentally responsible deck drainage system from Wahoo Decks that would act as a waterproof deck structure and a finished ceiling with a beadboard appearance, all in one.
“Our architects and builders set out to create a green residential community in everything from the materials used in construction to electric car charging stations for residents,” said Smith. “We expected that finding a product that could meet our green building needs and, at the same time, offer durability, fire safety and strength, would be difficult. DryJoistEZ was a welcome addition to Radius Urban and we couldn’t be more pleased with the decision to install it as a wood-free alternative to traditional deck joists and support beams.”
“DryJoistEZ is composed of approximately 50% recycled aluminum, which requires only 5% of the energy needed to manufacture virgin aluminum,” said Jon Bailey, Vice President of Wahoo Decks. “With LEED and other certification programs, architects and developers are placing greater emphasis on eco-friendly building and design. Our goal is to meet their needs bringing to market products that are both sustainable and innovative.”
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.
Wahoo Rail and AridDek installed at Village Green Apartments
How did this apartment complex end up choosing Wahoo Rail from Wahoo Decks?
Wahoo Rail to the rescue… Ensuring the safety of residents has always been a top concern for Village Green Apartments, an award-winning residential community in St. Louis, Missouri.
When the wood balconies and railings on its 252 units began to show signs of aging and rotting, they wasted no time. They quickly turned to a local building expert for his recommendation on a safe and cost effective replacement option. This led them to Wahoo Rail.
Challenge Met by Wahoo Rail:
The management at Village Green asked Randy Phillips, a veteran in the construction industry and CEO of Phillips Service Company, to evaluate several types of products that could potentially be used to replace the wood balconies and railings. They relied on his expert opinion in understanding the differences between wood, composite and aluminum products, hoping to find the right solution that would minimize long-term cost, require little maintenance and continue to look great over time.
The Wahoo Rail Solution:
Phillips, who was selected by Village Green for his attention to detail and willingness to consider innovative products, invested weeks of hard work in meetings and product briefings. He wanted to uncover an option that would meet the cost and safety requirements of Village Green and also enhance the appearance of the community today and in the years to come.
As a volunteer firefighter, Phillips was well aware of the building codes and safety implications that could occur from choosing the wrong product. When they approached Phillips, the team at Village Green was leaning toward installing composite decking. It had an appealing appearance and didn’t require much maintenance, but it was missing one element that Phillips knew very well.
According to the fire department, composite failed to meet the fire codes around combustion. Although a composite material will not ignite, it can smolder and create a significant amount of smoke. In the 6,000 deaths that occur in residential fires each year, most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns. Considering resident safety along with strength, low maintenance requirements and long-term sustainability, Phillips ultimately recommended a combination of AridDek and Wahoo Rail from Wahoo Decks.
AridDek was created on the notion that aesthetics don’t have to be sacrificed when it comes to durability and safety. Stronger than wood, AridDek won’t rot, warp or decay and unlike composite decking products, has a zero fire rating, is non-combustible and won’t smolder. Being able to combine this with Wahoo Rail, pre-fabricated aluminum rail sections that are quick and easy to install, would give Village Green Apartments an incredibly stable, solid and long lasting balcony and railing product.
As an added bonus, on rainy days, AridDek’s integrated gutter systems creates a dry, usable area under the deck while, on warmer days, its textured powder coating provides a safe, non-skid surface that naturally stays cooler to the touch than traditional decking planks.
Today, AridDek and Wahoo Rail have been installed in 252 units of the Village Green Apartment community.
“My goal was to recommend durable, safe building materials that would save the property owner money on future maintenance. AridDek was the natural front runner,” said Randy Phillips. “I was well aware of the benefits of AridDek but felt especially confident when the county building inspector was also impressed by its strength.”
AridDek and Wahoo Rail at a Glance:
Manufactured using 45% recycled content from industrial and post-consumer aluminum scrap and assists builders in achieving points toward LEED credits
Available in two color options, Ash Gray and Sandstone
Needs no staining, sealing or painting like most decking materials
Extruded from a pure aluminum alloy that won’t rust
Non-combustible and durable. Will not split, splinter, decay, crack or rot
Cool to the touch since aluminum’s high thermal conductivity rapidly dissipates heat, creating a cooler surface than most traditional types of decking
Creates a 100% waterproof space beneath deck suitable for interior conditioned space or outdoor patio