November 16

Making the Most of Underdecking Systems


Underdecking systems are an outstanding solution for improving your outdoor living options. They allow you and your family to enjoy quality time together outdoors in comfort. An under-deck patio area can quickly become a functional and enjoyable space for your entire family. If you're unfamiliar with underdecking systems, you may wonder how one can benefit your family.

What Is An Underdecking System?

An underdecking system is a waterproof ceiling attached underneath a second-story deck. Water from rain or snow is channeled to a gutter system away from your home. An underdeck system solves the issue of drainage and stability by using a combination of gutters, downspouts, ceiling panels, and support braces. An underdecking system is a great addition for homeowners who want to increase their usable indoor-outdoor living space.

When your home has no room for an additional living space, adding an underdecking system can significantly boost the usable square footage of your home. An underdecking system holds the potential for numerous uses, including:

  • An outdoor kitchen 
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Entertainment room
  • Additional family room
  • Spa and exercise area
  • Children's playroom
  • Home office space

Here Are Just a Few Things to Consider

Year Round Enjoyment

Add a fireplace, comfortable seating, and lighting so you can use your underdeck room year-round. A ceiling fan will keep the air circulating underneath the deck and create an ideal area for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. With a high-quality RainTight underdecking system, you can enjoy the outdoors when the intense sunlight or rain makes your upper deck uncomfortable. 

An Outdoor Kitchen

A finished underdecking system space can provide additional cooking and dining options. An under-deck outdoor kitchen can incorporate all the amenities needed for a complete kitchen. Customize your space with cabinets, a meal prep area, a refrigerator, a sink, and a seating area to take full advantage of your new space.

Hot Tub Luxury

If you love soaking in a hot tub, even during the winter, installing a hot tub under your beautifully finished underdecking system could be the perfect project. With the deck ceiling protecting you from the weather, you can enjoy a soak even during inclement weather. 

Incorporate Privacy

There are several ways to make your underdecking space more private. Consider installing a privacy wall, hanging outdoor curtains, or creating an outdoor privacy screen. Landscaping and potted plants add beauty and along with privacy. Opting for curtains allows you to easily control the amount of sunlight and privacy throughout the day and evening.

Add Outdoor Lighting and Speakers

An underdecking system creates an excellent spot to hang string lights and add custom lighting. The addition of lighting will increase the safety and enjoyment of your new space after dark. Outdoor speakers can provide high-quality and uniform sound in your outdoor space. Choose speakers and lighting designed to withstand outdoor weather conditions in your area. 

Under Deck Storage

Some under-deck areas aren't practical for an outdoor living space. However, they do have other possibilities. The area underneath a backyard deck can be turned into a secure storage area. Underdecking systems can turn unused space into an ideal storage solution for lawn and gardening tools, toys, and other outdoor items, freeing up space inside your home and garage.

Choose RainTight for Your Outdoor Living Needs 

RainTight has unique solutions that allow you to enjoy your existing deck, patio, or porch regardless of the weather. Our team has decades of experience designing and installing custom-made underdecking systems, screen rooms, and patio covers. We can create a custom design that increases the value of your home, blends seamlessly with your existing architecture, and provides years of enjoyment.

RainTight's headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in O'Fallon, Missouri. Since 2007, we've served clients throughout the greater St. Louis area. We are also pleased to serve clients in the Lake of the Ozarks region. Contact us online or call us at 636-242-8315 to discuss your needs and schedule a free consultation. 


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