October 24

Underdecking: DIY or Professional



Many homeowners are not sure what to do with the area under their above-ground deck. You know that space that seems to always stay wet and messy.  Here’s a solution to your problem: underdecking.  If you are tired of wasting outdoor space that could be used for entertaining, then install an underdeck system to add a finished look. That unused space beneath your second level deck can now be transformed with an underdeck.

An underdeck will allow the space to stay dry during downpours and snowfalls. Expanding the outdoor livable space of your home can increase its value and attract buyers who want the added square footage. 

What Is Underdecking?

Underdecking is a ceiling system installed under elevated decks that keeps your lower patio dry and enjoyable. You can create another outdoor living space that is protected from the rain due to the gutter system that comes with an underdeck.

Not only does an underdeck create a private outdoor living space for the homeowner it can also serve as storage for lawn and gardening equipment, bicycles, and sporting equipment. You can customize it with ceiling fans, recessed lights, and different colors.

DIY or Professional Installation

Installing underdecking can be done by a professional deck builder or you can do it yourself. Either way, you will have a great product that will give you years of enjoyment.

DIY Kits

DIY underdecking kits

For those homeowners who consider themselves to be the ultimate handyman or woman, there are DIY underdeck kits to use for installation. It is cheaper to install it yourself than to hire a professional; however, the time it takes to install will be more than if a professional installs it. 

Most underdeck kits include deck panels, matching trim, a downspout kit, and hardware. The underdeck kits sold by RainTight come with a detailed and comprehensive installation manual. There are also instructions on how to measure your deck for the proper fit. All parts needed are available on our website. We are also readily available for any questions that arise before, during or after installation.

Save Time and Labor by Hiring A Pro

When a professional crew is hired to install your underdecking, they will determine the proper pitch of your underdeck to ensure water and debris flow away from the deck. The gutters will be installed next to prevent water from getting onto your underdeck. Lastly, the ceiling panels will be installed to complete the look. 

When using aluminum as your underdecking material, you can get the underdeck ceilings in various colors.  The color is baked on, ensuring lasting durability without fading, chipping or cracking.

Advantages of Underdeck Systems

underdecking system

Underdecking provides benefits that homeowners can enjoy for years to come. This space is no longer a messy eyesore.

  1. An Extra Outdoor Living Space
    Once your underdeck system is installed, you’ll be able to enjoy this added living space with family and friends.  It can be used for storage too. It is also versatile in that it can be customized to fit your lifestyle and decor.

    Homeowners can add utilities for lighting, ceiling fans, entertainment centers and more. Some systems allow homeowners to add a decorative ceiling or soffit of their choice. Adding an underdeck to your home can also increase its value.
  1. Keeps Your Patio Dry
    An underdeck system is designed to drain water away from the deck.  Water is captured and then diverted through troughs and downspouts that lead to a gutter system that moves the water away from your patio and home. If it rains you can still enjoy being outdoors without getting wet. Your patio will stay dry, clean, and inviting.
  1. Protects the Deck Substructure from Moisture
    It also prevents the substructure of the deck from rotting and wood decay. It is worth the investment to ensure the deck substructure lasts as long as the decking it supports.
  1. Minimal Maintenance
    Maintenance is very minimal. You may need to removing debris that accumulates in the gutters. Cleaning the system is simple; spray with a water hose and wipe down.

The Superior Material

The best underdeck material is aluminum. It makes up 90 percent of the market. Here’s why:

  • More options of colors
  • Can withstand changes in precipitation and temperatures
  • Can be created from recycled materials
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • Aluminum panels are easier to install
  • Easier to cut; fewer complications when adding accessories to the underdeck ceiling
  • Ceilings come in any length and width

Transform Your Lower Deck

Ready to turn your unsightly lower patio into a spectacular entertaining outdoor space?

If you want to go the DIY route, order our kits. They contain the same parts and features as those we install for you. Or schedule a free consultation for professional installation. Either way, you’ll get the best underdecking system available.

RainTight has been assisting homeowners with underdecking installation for years. We strive to demonstrate a dedication to quality and customer satisfaction in every project we are hired to do.


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