AridDek Aluminum Decking by Wahoo Decks is lightweight aluminum waterproof decking which made it the perfect solution to The Birkenhead Bridge’s timber concerns.
The Birkenhead Bridge in Adelaide, South Australia, was built in 1940 to allow river traffic to proceed further upstream. The original hinge section substructure of The Birkenhead Bridge was constructed mainly with timber to reduce weight and to assist engine when opening and closing.
74 years later it was clear a new solution was needed for the bridge when the timber actually started becoming heavier when wet and suffered from long term corrosion.
AridDek Aluminum Decking by Wahoo Decks offered a lightweight and waterproof answer to the bridge’s timber problems.
“Due to the road surface being difficult to seal, the timber substructure was always becoming saturated which caused extra weight and long term deterioration,” said Andy Holland, Director of DS Agencies Pty Ltd. “They [engineers] needed a light weight, waterproof surface to be installed on the hinged part of the bridge.”
Manufactured with exacting precision, AridDek’s interlocking lightweight boards securely and easily lock into place. The engineering of AridDek’s aluminum decking boards result in a completely watertight surface that is made to last.
As well as needing improvements made to the bridge’s road surface, the bridge also needed to incorporate a dual use path for walkers and bikers using the bridge. “With the promotion of bicycle use, it became obvious that a dual use path was needed, to handle the increased traffic, this is where AridDek was viewed as a solution,” said Holland.
AridDek waterproof decking was designed and engineered for high traffic use in the most demanding applications. It is also naturally resistant to the deteriorating effects of direct sunlight and water. AridDek is extremely resistant to staining, impervious to insects and won’t splinter, decay, or rot.
As a waterproof decking option, AridDek is ideal for new construction or remodeling of existing outdoor structures, such as, The Birkenhead Bridge.
AridDek provides a lifetime of low-maintenance benefits while creating a gapless, skid free, single layer watertight surface. Its easy installation adds both value and space in a single system.
About Wahoo Decks
Headquartered in Gainesville, 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 DryJoist and 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.