A New Underdecking System Can Enhance Your Outdoor Enjoyment
Do you currently have an above-ground deck on your home? If so, you probably use it to barbecue, have an informal meal, or entertain. It’s a great place to relax when the weather permits.
But what are you doing with the space underneath your deck? Is it just being wasted because the water from rain and melting snow puts a “damper” on its use? It turns into a dark, wet area that can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Installing an under-deck system to your existing deck not only gives it a finishing touch, it creates another area that can be used for a number of purposes.
How Under Deck Systems Work
An underdeck system consists of several basic components:
- Ceiling panels
- Support braces
The system works similarly to the way your home’s roof and guttering system move water away from the house. The main difference is that the underdeck ceiling is flat, so water cannot naturally flow down. Instead, it has a panel collection system attached to the framework of your deck. It collects water that drains from the upper deck and routes it through a gutter that’s attached to a downspout. The downspout dispenses the water into a controlled location, keeping the under-deck area dry.
Advantages of an Underdeck System
Besides the obvious plus of doubling your outdoor living space, there are other great benefits to installing our underdeckings system, a few of which are noted below:
- Reduce the likelihood of mold growing in the dark, damp area.
- Eliminate the breeding ground for wasps and spiders in the underdeck’s rafters.
- Make the area easier to maintain and keep clean/
- Increase your home’s overall value.
- Brighten and beautify your yard.
8 Suggestions for Using for Your New and Dry Under Deck Space
Can you imagine the different ways you could use with double the outdoor space? By installing RainTight’s premium under deck system, you’ll have two levels of outdoor enjoyment. Even better, the ground level will stay dry, so it can be used for more purposes than the exposed upper deck. Here are some suggestions on ways you can take advantage of your new space:
1. Outdoor Kitchen
If you love cooking and eating outdoors, an outdoor kitchen is a great addition to your underdeck area. There are many sizes and styles available, from a simple barbecue grill to an entire layout that includes multiple cooking surfaces, storage cabinets and sinks. You’ll be able to cook and enjoy it knowing that you and your food won’t get drenched in the event of a rainout.
2. Hot Tub
If you have or are considering getting a hot tub, it’s a great way to relax and unwind. By placing it under the deck, you won’t have to worry about the need to rush indoors when the rain comes. You can also enjoy it without sunscreen, since the ceiling protects you from the sun’s UV rays. Although you’ll likely still cover the hot tub when not in use, it won’t collect the debris it would if exposed without the overhead protection.
3. Firepit or Fireplace
Imagine being outdoors during the cooler weather, enjoying the warmth in front of a fire. No worries about the rain ruining your experience. Enjoy a good book or share the comfort with family and friends in a warm, dry environment.
4. Outdoor Bar
If you entertain frequently, why not extend your space to the outdoors? Putting a bar in your underdeck area can be a great respite to enjoy a cocktail in a comfortable and dry space. You’ll have the added benefit of a great view as well!
5. Pool Deck
If you have a pool in your yard, the under deck space can be an extension of the deck. It can be a spot where you can sit and watch your kids splashing in the pool. They can join you for a snack or to dry off in comfort.
6. Outdoor Dining
Expand your dining options to the great outdoors. Great for a casual barbecue or a romantic starlit dinner, you’ll be comfortable knowing that you won’t get rained out.
7. TV Viewing
How about mounting a big flat screen TV where you and your buddies can gather to watch those sporting events? Or enjoy the morning or evening news in the pleasant outdoors.
If you need extra space to store items that can’t get wet, the under deck space is perfect for that. Whether it’s your patio furniture during the winter months, lawn and garden equipment, tools—your choices are limitless.
9. Putting Green
If you’re a golfer, you know that putting is half your game. Improve it in the comfort of your own home.
10. Work Shop
If you don’t have the space in your garage or basement, you can easily use the underdeck space for a workshop. Do woodworking, build and repair to your heart’s desire.
Really, the possibilities are endless when you have the dry, cool space of your new underdecking system! You’re sure to think of other things as well.
Quality, Durability, Affordability
The under decking systems at Raintight are made using high-quality aluminum. Unlike vinyl and wood, aluminum will not warp, rot or sag and can withstand extreme weather. Unlike steel, aluminum won’t rust. Our structures are available in several colors, one of which is sure to complement your existing layout. The colors are baked on, not painted, during the manufacturing process, so they won’t fade, chip or flake. They require minimal maintenance and are easy to clean.
Although the aluminum construction is lightweight, it is sturdy enough to withstand heavy winds and pounding rain. The ceilings have the strength to hold ceiling fans and light fixtures, providing extended use in the warmer weather and after dark. Our systems are made to last a lifetime.
We control the quality and price of our product since we both manufacture and install. You’ll be surprised at the budget-friendly prices of our enclosures. Unlike new construction, we use your existing space to expand your outdoor living areas. They’ll also add to the value of your home. Permits and inspections are not required to install under decking systems. You’ll be able to enjoy your new space in a few weeks.
Professional Installation or DIY
Raintight will install your underdecking system quickly and expertly. All of our installation experts are knowledgeable and experienced in assembling and securing your enclosure.
Raintight also offers our DIY underdeck kits for those handy people out there. Our kits are complete with all parts needed to construct your new underdecking. We highly recommend reviewing our instructional videos as well as the instructions manual prior to self-installation. If you have problems during the process, we are available to answer questions and offer assistance.
Because of the convenience and time involved, most homeowners tend to favor a professional installation of their underdecking. They can leave it to the experts to put up, and afterwards, they rarely have to do anything to it except occasional minor cleaning and maintenance.
Minimal Maintenance and Lifetime Warranty
The panels of our underdeck system are removable, so you can pull them out to check for any debris that’s accumulated and wash it out with a garden hose. The guttering system is similar to the one on your roof, so you need to check it for leaves and debris so that it doesn’t clog and overflow. Besides that minor maintenance, there’s nothing else to do to ensure your underdecking remains beautiful and functional for decades.
Our underdecking systems are made to last; that’s why we offer a lifetime warranty! You can trust RainTight to install a permanent solution that you’ll enjoy as long as you live in the home.
Don’t Waste Another Day Wasting Valuable Space
When you’re ready to expand your living space, give RainTight a call. We’ll schedule a free initial consultation where one of our skilled professionals will assess your space. We’ll take measurements, discuss your ideas and answer any questions.
We will document all specifications and drawings and present it to you with a quote for your approval. You’ll have your new dry, usable and virtually maintenance-free space within a few weeks after construction begins.
RainTight has been in business since 2007, helping satisfied customers better enjoy their outdoor living space. We’re a local company based in O’Fallon, Missouri, but we also serve St. Louis and St. Charles, as well as surrounding cities, like Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Wildwood, Ballwin, Wentzville and St. Peters.