AridDek Aluminum Decking ‘Keeps its Cool’ When Put to the Test

AridDek Aluminum Decking ‘Keeps its Cool’ When Put to the Test

AridDek waterproof decking

Even on a hot day, AridDek stays cooler than other deck board options, leaving it free for everyone to enjoy.

How hot does AridDek aluminum decking get in the sun compared to other decking?

Understandably this is a frequent question when it comes to AridDek aluminum decking.  No one wants to worry about scorching their bare feet on a hot summery day.

Thus, on a hot day in Georgia, Wahoo Decks set out to find this answer by testing the temperature of AridDek aluminium decking compared to other common decking board options.

Setting:

  • 90 +/- degrees Fahrenheit

Deck boards:

  • AridDek Aluminum Deck
  • Capped Composite
  • Wood/Plastic Composite
  • Solid PVC
  • Ipe Brazilian Hardwood
  • Pressure Treated Pine

Watch the video below to see what happens with AridDek’s product!

Results (in Fahrenheit):

  • AridDek: 124
  • Pressure Treated Pine: 124
  • Ipe Brazilian Hardwood: 138
  • Tan solid PVC: 145
  • Grey Solid PVC: 151
  • Grey Wood/Plastic Composite: 141
  • Reddish/tan wood/plastic composite: 135
  • Dark Brown capped composite: 151

Why is AridDek cooler than other decking options?

  • Aluminum decking dissipates heat better than any other decking surface.
  • The lighter color finish reflects most of the sun’s rays, as a result, less heat is absorbed into the metal.
  • The average mass of the Ariddek aluminum decking is lower than that of the other deck boards. This means it holds less heat.

But don’t take our word for it, Kevin Stevens at KMS Woodworks also did a temperature test in Colorado, check out his testing results!

Wahoo Decks offers a variety of aluminum products such as, AridDek, DryJoistEZ, and Wahoo Rail. Wahoo decking is a waterproof deck solution which creates a dry under deck area below. To learn more about Wahoo decking material visit www.wahoodecks.com. You can also contact us online or call us at 1 (877) 270-9387.

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We Tested It: How Hot Decking Materials Get by Kevin Stevens

Why Should I Use Aluminum Decking For My Outdoor Living Space?

Why Should I Use Aluminum Decking For My Outdoor Living Space?

We get calls and emails from potential customers every week. Invariably, one of them always asks: Why should I use aluminum decking for my outdoor living space? Most people think of traditional wood products for their deck design ideas, like pressure-treated pine or exotic hardwoods. Yet, there are other options when it comes to building a deck or replacing their current decking surface. Many of our customers have discovered the advantages of Wahoo Decks’ waterproof aluminum decks and structural deck drainage systems.

Aluminum Deck Boards: Same Conveniences Of Traditional Wood, But With Many Advantages

Watertight Surface

Unlike traditional wood or composite decking options, Ariddek aluminum deck boards interlock to create a watertight walking surface.  This feature creates a dry under deck area so you can enjoy your outdoor living space, rain or shine. Place a hammock or a swing under your deck, relax, and watch the rain. Or park the lawnmower and other tools under your deck to keep them out of the elements. Even better, create a workspace and complete outdoor projects year-round!

If your deck is not elevated enough, or if you don’t need dry space below your deck, Fortis aluminum deck boards offer the benefits of aluminum decking without the watertight feature.  Fortis has grooves on the sides of each panel that accept hidden fastener clips– just like grooved wood or composite decking materials.

Low Maintenance Decking Options

Aside from ease of installation and deck design benefits, homeowners love the fact Ariddek and Fortis aluminum deck boards are low-maintenance decking options – definitely requiring less maintenance than wood or composite decking.  Aluminum decking is a lot more resistant to elements, such as water, sunlight, pests.  It can also be resistant to fire that can damage other types of decking materials. Also, you never need to stain or seal the powder coated aluminum finish.  Clean your aluminum deck periodically (depending on conditions) with a mild soap and soft brush.  No pressure washer is required! (As a matter of fact, we recommend against the use of pressure washers or chemical cleaners, because they could potentially damage paint or cause abrasions to the surface of your deck boards.)

Marine Applications

Ariddek and Fortis decking surfaces are also excellent for marine applications.  Our marine-grade aluminum decking is not susceptible to the same warping, rotting, splitting and fading problems that are encountered with wood and composite decking in marine environments. Ariddek is also the perfect deck surface for in upper-level sun decks, or party decks, on boat docks. Ariddek creates an attractive and low-maintenance upper deck for your dock that will also protect and cha

Why Should I Use Aluminum Decking For My Outdoor Living Space?

With aluminum decking materials from Wahoo Decks, regular maintenance expense is a thing of the past. Aluminum decking materials never rot, chip, warp, or splinter; unlike these wooden deck planks that have buckled due to exposure to moisture and heat.

nnel rain away from boats, personal watercraft, and outdoor furniture.

Some of our biggest fans are actually the smallest. Kids and pets love aluminum deck surfaces! Aluminum decks stay cooler to the touch than wood or composite decking when exposed to extreme temperatures because aluminum decking reflects and dissipates heat much better than more dense wood and composite decking materials.

Have More Questions

Do you have questions about refitting your outdoor living space?
Contact us today for samples or a quote!

Or click here to download a copy of our deck design guide!

Low Maintenance Decking Options that Make Upkeep a Breeze

Low Maintenance Decking Options that Make Upkeep a Breeze

low maintenance decking optionsIf you’re curious about low maintenance decking options that will make upkeep a breeze, we don’t blame you. It’s natural to want a beautiful, functional outdoor area, but it’s also natural to want to avoid any unnecessary labor on its behalf.

We have good news for you: You have choices. Here are three of the lowest-maintenance decking options to make your life easy-peasy.

Solid Composite Decking Looks Just Like Real Wood

Solid composite decking is made from wood particles and plastic combined. It is strong, long-lasting and requires one or two washes a year to keep it clean and functional. It looks like wood, which makes it an awesome low maintenance replacement for the natural material.

However, solid composite decking is heavy and hard to maneuver. It’s not a good choice for installing alone … though it’s just fine if you call in an expert.

low maintenance decking optionsVinyl Decking Cleans with Just Water

Vinyl decking is an amazing option if you want to give it one good wash once a year and call it good. Not much sticks to vinyl, which makes it super easy for those with children or lots of leaf-dropping trees overhead. Anytime you see a mess, just heft that hose and give it a quick spray.

The colors also resist fading well, though since it typically comes in a basic range of hues – think white, gray and tan – it can limit those who have more exciting ideas for their deck. It feels light and hollow as you walk across it, however, which some people do not like.

Aluminum Decking Makes for a Fuss-Free Year-Round Decking

Aluminum is one of the best decking options there is. Not only is it attractive, and can come in a variety of colors – from gray to brown, light blue to green, and any color in between – it is extremely durable. It stands up to weather of all kinds and doesn’t corrode easily. Plus, you can clean it simply by spraying it down, or at most using a light, non-bleach cleaner from a bottle – or a homemade vinegar version.

Also, aluminum is a great choice for any deck that’s not sitting above the ground. For those whose decks drain right into soil, for instance, it doesn’t matter if there are huge holes in the deck surface. On the other hand, if you live in a condo or your deck is on a second or third story above your house, you want to funnel water another direction – say into a drainpipe.

That’s where aluminum comes in. It interlocks to prevent water from seeping beneath it so that you can collect and route it away.

Aluminum also offers other benefits, such as:

  • Reflecting sunlight so it doesn’t get very hot
  • Sturdiness, so it holds up to the abuse of heavy furniture or exuberant running from little feet
  • Lots of railing and paint options

Turn to the Deck Pros for the Best Options

Now that you’ve got a good handle on all your low maintenance decking options, bet you’re ready to get that outdoor living space installed. Don’t worry—it’s okay to have outstanding questions. That’s where our experts come in. We’re happy to guide you through your choices and help you find the right solution for your property, so connect with us today to get started.

The Evolution of the Deck Board

The Evolution of the Deck Board

When it comes to choosing the right deck board today, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the choices.

It wasn’t too long ago that there weren’t as many options when considering the deck board.

Now, you can choose from a variety of types of decking. They include pressure-treated wood, composite, aluminum, redwood, cedar, and many more.

Let’s take a look at how the evolution of the deck board has changed over time.

“Thirty years ago it was easy to choose the perfect decking material. People generally chose their deck board from among the few options then available, namely, pressure treated lumber, cedar, or, more seldom redwood” (A Modern History of Decking Materials). At this time, wood decking was very different than the decking made today. “Back then decking materials were made from first-generation trees” (A Modern History of Decking Material). This meant that the trees were slow grown and yielded a higher density. That makes the wood more resistant to rot and insects. Trees grown today are made to grow quickly. They are grown from tree farms and do not necessarily share the same properties as first-generation trees.

There are several types of wood decking:

Pressure-Treated Decking Board

Pressure-Treated Lumber

Most PT decking is milled from southern yellow pine and chemically treated to resist rot, fungus, and insects. “The downside of PT lumber is that it’s not very dimensionally stable, so it has a tendency to crack, split and warp. And routine maintenance is necessary to prolong the life and look of the deck” (Your Ultimate Guide to the 5 Material that Make a Modern Deck).

Redwood Deck Board

Redwood and Cedar

The Redwood and Cedar options have been popular for over 50 years and contain tannins and oils that make them naturally resistant to rot, decay, and voracious insects. However, to maintain the wood’s natural color you’ll need to apply a stain and power wash and coat the finish every three to four years.

Tropical Hardwood Decking

Tropical Hardwoods

It’s true that “tropical hardwoods have been available since the 1960s and have remained a popular choice in decking for the past 50 years” (A Modern History of Decking). But “…hardwood harvesting is an environmental concern in many parts of the world, the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approves hardwood harvested in a sustainable manner” (A Modern History of Decking). While these exotic woods are extremely hard and durable while also being naturally resistant to rot and insects, the amount and speed of fading depends upon the deck’s exposure to the sun, rain, and snow.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking

“The Early 1990s saw the birth of composite decking board” (A Modern History of Decking). This was due to the scarcity of first generation trees and the backlash of boards made of less mature trees, which proved to be of poorer quality. Composite boards combine wood fiber with plastic, also known as WPCs. However, over time, even WPCs began to show sign of undesirable properties. “WPCs were built from thermoplastics and wood flour – often recycled – which would sag, crumble, crack, split, expand and contract dramatically over time when installed and left baking in direct sunlight” (A Modern History of Decking).

In the early 2000s companies began to phase out the “weak link” in composite decking which led to the making of PVC, a plastic decking board. While plastic is low maintenance and will never need to be sanded, refinished, or stained, it can cause issues for those living in areas that experience a great deal of heat. In a study done by Wahoo Decks in 90-degree weather, plastic was actually the hottest when compared to other decking boards.

Check out the video to see how AridDek aluminum decking, pressure treated pine, IPE, PVC, and composite fare in 90-degree weather in Georgia.

Capstock Deck Board

Capstock Deck Board

In 2009, the decking market saw the rise of Capstock decking. Capstock is a combination of composites and plastics. Capstock is environmentally friendly and offered in a variety of shades. However, there’s no substitute for proper installation and sealing. Otherwise, swelling can occur in the deck board. “And, over time, as water seeps into the decking, it’s safe to assume that the softwood fibers within the deck board itself will soak up that material and start to produce mold” (What is Capstock Decking?). These are all factors to consider when it comes to Capstock decking.

The latest technology in decking is aluminum, such as AridDek by Wahoo Decks. While aluminum is newest to the family of deck boards, it is ideal for many reasons. “When compared with wood, composite and plastic lumber, aluminum decking is three to four times lighter, yet two to three times stronger. The same saws and carbide-tipped blades can cut this wood” (Your Ultimate Guide to the 5 Materials That Make a Modern Deck).  Aluminum is also top notch when it comes to safety as it is slip resistant and fireproof. Also, you’ll feel good helping to protect the environment by using 100% recyclable aluminum, an environmentally-friendly decking material.

“The technologically advanced decking products boast a number of different attributes and offer deck builders and homeowners a greater range of choices than ever before.” – LBM, The Deck Issue, April 2013

From wood to aluminum; decking has changed quite a bit over the years. There are a variety of products available. Furthermore, the decking industry continues to grow and transform. So, we can be sure that the deck board will also only continue to evolve.

About Wahoo Decks:

Headquartered in Dahlonega, 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,  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.

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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]

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Powder Coating