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

7 Reasons Why Aluminum Deck Rail Is The Best Deck Railing Choice

7 Reasons Why Aluminum Deck Rail Is The Best Deck Railing Choice

How important is it to make the best deck railing choice when planning your aluminum deck project?

Most people, when preparing to build their dream deck, do a lot of research. They consider a plethora of deck ideas – including decking materials and deck systems – and even spend time looking at various deck designs. Then, they make their decision and get started on their deck plans.

Often, however, that is just phase one. The next step is considering deck railing.

Of course, it’s not rare to have a deck without railing. However, that’s only possible if your deck is ground-level. If you plan to have an elevated deck, deck rail will be a “must” for your project.

When contemplating the best deck railing choice, each deck rail option has its pros and cons.

At Wahoo Decks, we manufacturer aluminum deck railing. If you’ve never researched or thought about using aluminum deck rail before, it may seem like a somewhat unusual idea. Yet, when you learn about the benefits, you might see it’s the best deck railing choice.

Here are 7 reasons Wahoo Rail aluminum deck railing is the best deck railing choice:

1. Aluminum deck rail is long-lasting and strong

We use the best available aluminum for our deck rail. What this means to you is that it’s very sturdy and durable. It doesn’t rust like traditional metal deck railing either.

2. Wahoo Rail aluminum deck railing is intelligently engineered

Our deck railing is specifically designed by experienced engineers to ensure it starts out with stellar performance and beauty and maintains that reliability and appeal over time.

Furthermore, while it’s the perfect complement to our Wahoo aluminum decking, it’s also architected and produced so that it can be an add-on to any decking surface desired.

3. Aluminum deck railing is a low-maintenance railing

Traditional deck rail materials – like wood, composites, or steel – need frequent upkeep to remain looking good and standing strong. This is not the case with aluminum deck rail. We powder-coat our railing so that it won’t crack, chip, warp, peel, or need re-painting. All you need do is hose it down to clean it off.

4. Aluminum deck rail options are aesthetically-pleasing

The clean lines of our aluminum deck railing make it a very attractive option and the perfect complement to nearly any deck design. Wahoo Rail comes in three different neutral shades – White, Antique Bronze, and Mocha – to match a variety of different color schemes.

Additionally, Wahoo Glass Rail takes the very best of our aluminum railing and pairs it with tempered glass panels – either Clear or “Twilight” (tinted) – for a deck railing design look that is out of this world. Using Wahoo Glass deck railing means nothing obstructs your view or gets in the way of your ability to enjoy the full beauty of your outdoor deck scenery.

5. Our aluminum deck railing offers a great degree of customization for functionality too

Another highlight of our aluminum deck railing – that can also be traced back to its design and engineering – is its ease-of-use in achieving a myriad of deck designs. Wahoo Rail can be utilized and configured in nearly any linear-based shape you can conceive of, allowing for the creation of truly customized deck.

6. It’s eco-friendly…

Our deck railing systems at Wahoo consists of 50% recycled aluminum. This means it’s environmentally-friendly—much more so than most other decking choices. Combine that with the fact that Wahoo Rail requires no harsh chemicals for cleaning or upkeep, and you can rest easy knowing your deck railing is a socially responsible, “green” choice too!

7. Aluminum railing is an economically-smart choice

Aluminum deck railing is affordable and even more so when you consider savings over time. Off-the-bat aluminum rail is often on-par with the pricing of other deck rail options. Yet, because of its limited maintenance and extreme strength and durability, you don’t need to re-finish, re-do, or replace it like other deck rail choices.

It’s no doubt you have several options for your deck railing decision—many of them in fact. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find another deck rail choice that delivers ALL the same benefits and features of Wahoo Rail – or Wahoo Glass Rail – in a single deck rail system. Not to mention, the Wahoo name and reputation stand behind every railing. With Wahoo aluminum railing, you not only get a deck you are proud of for many years to come but that you will also enjoy season after season, without tons of effort and upkeep.

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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Powder Coating Aluminum and Metal

Powder Coating Plant Equipment [Video]

American Architectural

Powder Coating 

Wahoo Complete™: A Complete Multifamily Aluminum Balcony System & Decking Solution

Wahoo Complete™: A Complete Multifamily Aluminum Balcony System & Decking Solution

Wahoo Decks calls on the resources and experience gained from both the decking and floating boat dock industries to build our multifamily aluminum balcony system – Wahoo Complete™.

Wahoo Complete is a pre-fabricated aluminum railing and aluminum balcony system that is extremely durable. Our customers love that it’s low maintenance and that it also meets the most stringent commercial deck safety standards.  

These prefabricated balconies are constructed from high-quality marine grade aluminum. They feature a durable baked-on powder coating to create a sturdy and attractive balcony addition for your building.

Builders Have Choices

Builders have the choice of using Ariddek waterproof aluminum decking, the DryJoist EZ deck drainage system, or traditional wood and composite decking options. We can ship decking surface and drainage additions to job sites pre-trimmed and installed. That means you save time and money.

Wahoo Complete multifamily aluminum balcony system

Wahoo Decks also offers either Wahoo Rail™ premium aluminum railing or Wahoo Glass™ deck railing options with our balconies. Both of these options make it easy to create a complete balcony solution. For safety and visual appeal, you can mount these balconies on existing cantilevered beams, suspended rods, or even mount them on posts.

During the building process, our support team works closely with building and design professionals. This helps us develop projects that are custom-designed to meet the specifications of each building plan. Working as a team results in a collaborative and fully-customized approach to designing and building the Wahoo Complete balcony system. Finally, using Wahoo deck rail ensures that Wahoo Decks can create the perfect, complete, prefabricated balcony system for its valued customers in the architectural and development industries.

Looking for a safe, attractive, and durable multifamily aluminum balcony system and decking solution? We can help! Just get in touch with Wahoo Decks today.

Environmentally Friendly Decking Material

Environmentally Friendly Decking Material

recyclable aluminum decking material by wahoo decks

AridDek aluminum decking by Wahoo Decks is 100% recyclable and eco-friendly.

When you think about recycling you probably don’t think about decking material

Instead of decking material, you likely think of sorting your plastics and cans into separate bins. After all, aluminum cans are the most recycled item in the United States. It’s also no surprise if you ‘consider that over two-thirds of all aluminum ever produced are still in use today’ (The Aluminum Association). There are even more ways to make your home eco-friendly. For example, you can install an environmentally friendly aluminum deck.

Aluminum deck material and aluminum decking are manufactured from recycled products and easily recycled itself.

Recyclable aluminum decking and decking material are different from other common deck boards. First, it is 100% recyclable. Additionally, there are no harsh chemicals or VOCs. It requires little maintenance to keep it beautiful.

While wood is recyclable, it is naturally going to rot over time. On the other hand, aluminum decking material will never rot or rust. Furthermore, non-recyclable plastics make up the contents of composite decks. That’s because its components cannot be separated.

“In terms of green building, the biggest objection to composite decking is that, although it lasts a long time, it is very difficult to dispose of once it reaches its life’s end” (Evans).

“Aluminum decks are an excellent option for durability and sustainability. Generally made with recycled content, aluminum is also fully recyclable. So, any scrap from construction can be reused. Should you replace your aluminum deck one day? The deck boards, which often have the look of wood, can also be recycled instead of going to the landfill. Aluminum is likely the toughest decking product you can buy. It’s entirely water-resistant and stays cooler than many other deck materials in summer. That means you can comfortably walk across it barefoot” (Huso).

Wahoo Decks offers a variety of recyclable aluminum decking material. They use 45% recycled content from industrial and post-consumer aluminum scrap in the manufacturing process. This means all of Wahoo Decks products, such as DryJoist, DryJoistEZ, AridDek, and Wahoo Rail are environmentally friendly! By installing Wahoo aluminum deck boards you benefit from not only having a sustainable deck drainage system but also an added bonus of a durable waterproof deck.

Aluminum recycling, whether it’s a can or a deck, contributes to making the world a greener place to live.  Wahoo Decks is proud to be apart of that. Learn more about Wahoo decking and aluminum deck boards by visiting our website: www.wahoodecks.com. You can also contact us online or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.

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Aluminum is Sustainable, The Aluminum Association

Sustainable Decking Solutions by Stephanie Evans

The Low-Down on Sustainable Decking Materials by Deborah R. Huso

How Snow Affects Your Aluminum Deck Safety

How Snow Affects Your Aluminum Deck Safety

aluminum deck safety

AridDek Aluminum Decking by Wahoo Decks

One question that may pop into your mind about safety as winter rolls in is how snow affects your aluminum deck safety.

If you live in colder areas where snow can build up, the safety of your aluminum deck can be something of a concern. Even areas that don’t typically see a lot of snowfall are being pummeled lately, so folks who haven’t had to worry about ice and snow in the past are now concerned with building decking surfaces that will be able to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Wahoo aluminum decks and decking surfaces are not only durable and water resistant; they are also extremely versatile and engineered to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. This gives you peace of mind regarding aluminum deck safety and enjoying the winter weather while you anticipate Spring time.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure the safety of your aluminum deck under snow loads.

1. Build a structurally sound deck to begin with!

If you are building a deck it is crucial that you follow all building codes. Products by Wahoo Decks, such as DryJoistEZ structural deck drainage system, comply with all current International Building Codes. Wahoo Decks also offers assistance with the engineering of building decks by providing 3rd party engineering reports for load span capabilities. Just by knowing the limitations of the decking material you are using can make the difference between having a structurally sound deck or an unstable one. Learn more about the load span of Wahoo Decks’ aluminum deck materials.

2. Seasonal Inspections

Inspecting your deck will help you catch any red flags before they turn into a problem. It is important to inspect before winter so that you can help to prevent accidents or even a collapse. Also, check your deck before beginning to use it in the spring and summer, especially if you had a heavy snowfall during your winter months. As the saying goes, “better safe than sorry!”

Click here for great tips to go by when inspecting the safety of your deck.

3. Clear excessive snow routinely

Use materials that will not scratch or otherwise harm your decking surface (especially AridDek or other Wahoo Decks aluminum deck boards), such as, plastic shovels, push brooms, and warm water. Clearing your deck in the winter months will help prevent harm from snow and ice; it will also keep your deck looking great for spring.

Aluminum deck safety is a top priority when it comes to manufacturing Wahoo Decks aluminum decking products such as AridDek, DryJoist, DryJoistEZ, and Wahoo Rail. If you are building a deck and anticipate snow loads, visit Wahoo Decks. You can also contact us to learn more about all of Wahoo Decks’ aluminum decking products or call (877) 270-9387 if you have any questions.

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Deck-Collapse-Report by Michael Morse, Brittany Corwin, Robert Morse, and Andrew Johnson

Is Your Deck Ready for Winter?

NADRA’s Deck Safety Program