Homeowners often weigh the benefits of various ground covers for the space under their decks, instead of leaving the area untouched and a potential haven for weeds. Multiple options are available, from gravel to sand to mulch, and more. Of course, aesthetics, maintenance, and the overall protection of your decking investment must be considered before deciding. After all, each option has advantages and disadvantages, all impacting the creation of a dry, functional underdeck space.

Consider the following:

Going with Gravel?

Gravel is one of the most popular choices for under-deck spaces, as it promotes drainage, reduces the risk of pooling water, and prevents potential damage to the deck structure. Its durable, long-lasting nature is a big selling point, requiring minimal maintenance. It also offers a clean, polished look that can enhance the appearance of an outdoor space.

But gravel stones can also shift over time, requiring periodic leveling and replenishment, and pesky weeds can grow up through the gravel, making costly control measures necessary.

Spreading Sand?

Sand provides a smooth, uniform base for outdoor coverage that’s easy to walk on, relatively inexpensive, and simple to install. It’s not the best when it comes to water, though. Sand frequently washes away with heavy rains, leading to uneven surfaces and potential pooling. It also does little to prevent weed growth, which often means additional landscaping fabric and ongoing maintenance will be needed.

Mulch Ado About Everything

If you’re using your underdeck space for plants or shrubbery, mulch can be a tremendous asset. It helps retain soil moisture while adding an organic, natural look to your garden or outdoor space. Better yet, it’s available in various colors.

On the minus side, mulch typically needs to be replaced annually, as it decomposes over time, adding to maintenance costs. It can also attract insects and other pests, potentially leading to issues with your deck or nearby structures.

Should I Put Something Under My Deck?

While ground covers have their advantages, they don’t address the root issue of protecting your deck’s infrastructure and the space beneath it from water damage. This is where the DEK Drain® shines as the ultimate solution. Our TOPSIDE® system is designed to catch and divert water away from your deck, it ensures a dry, functional space underneath, regardless of the weather conditions.

Expanded benefits of our TOPSIDE® system include:

  • Enhanced Water Management: Our TOPSIDE® system features a unique design that effectively captures and diverts water away from your deck. This means that rainwater, snowmelt, and even spillages are efficiently managed, keeping the underdeck area dry. This system not only prevents water pooling and potential foundation issues but also mitigates the risk of water damage to outdoor furniture, landscaping, and other belongings stored underneath.
  • Customizable Solutions: DEK Drain’s commitment to versatility goes beyond general application. The TOPSIDE® system is customizable to fit the specific dimensions and configurations of your deck. Whether you have a uniquely shaped structure, multiple levels, or specific architectural features, DEK Drain® can provide a tailored solution that integrates seamlessly with your deck’s design.
  • Environmentally Friendly Design: DEK Drain® takes pride in using premium, eco-friendly materials in the manufacturing of the TOPSIDE® system. These materials are not only durable and resistant to wear and tear but also have a lower environmental impact compared to traditional underdeck drainage options. Choosing DEK Drain® means investing in a solution that’s kind to your deck and the planet.
  • Professional Support and Warranty: DEK Drain® stands behind its TOPSIDE® system with professional support and the underdeck ceiling system industry’s only fully transferrable, limited lifetime warranty. From the initial consultation through installation and beyond, our team provides guidance and assistance to ensure that your underdeck drainage system performs optimally for years to come. This peace of mind is invaluable for homeowners looking to protect their investment and enjoy their outdoor space without worry.

At DEK Drain®, we believe if you want to put something – anything – under your deck, you’d be wise to put something protective up top, first.

Choosing the right protection for the space under your deck is pivotal. While ground covers can beautify and serve functional purposes, DEK Drain’s TOPSIDE® system addresses the crucial aspect of protecting both your deck’s infrastructure and the space beneath from water damage. This innovative system stands out as a comprehensive solution, ensuring that regardless of the weather, the space under your deck remains dry and functional.

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