When dreaming up ways to enhance an outdoor space, many homeowners tend to forget about the underside of their decks. An under-deck ceiling can create an inviting atmosphere and add valuable square footage to your home, and installing one is far easier than you might think. In fact, you can create the under-deck ceiling of your dreams in just four simple steps.
Step 1: Choose the Right Materials
The first step in creating an amazing under-deck ceiling is choosing the right materials. Consider how much weight will ultimately be added to your deck, how much protection they will offer from water and sun damage, and what type of aesthetic you want to achieve. Popular choices include pressure-treated wood or metal panels such as aluminum or galvanized steel.
Step 2: Install Gutters
Gutters should be installed around the perimeter of your deck, allowing rainwater to drain away from your home. This prevents water damage to both your deck and your home’s foundation. Be sure to choose high-quality gutters with wide downspouts that are capable of carrying large amounts of water away from your home quickly and efficiently.
Step 3: Don’t Forget DEK Drain®
Made of flexible and durable rubber membrane, DEK Drain systems capture rain that pours through the surface of your deck while protecting the deck frame against moisture and deterioration. Installation takes place after the posts, beams, and joists of your deck are in place, but before the decking is installed. Our products are designed to channel water into your deck’s collection gutter, creating a complete and effective water diversion system.
Gutters are not provided by DEK Drain and standard rain gutters work just fine. Match the color and style to the gutters on your home, determine placement (we recommend along the inside face of the beam), and our system will take care of the rest – draining water away from your home and the underside of your finished deck.
Step 4: Add Finishing Touches
Skirting boards or latticework can lend a more attractive look to your under-deck ceiling. You may consider adding a ceiling fan or inset light fixtures for improved ventilation and luxury illumination. To complete the look, you could even hang planters filled with colorful flowers or other plants from the underside of the beams for a splash of color and texture.
Creating an under-deck ceiling doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. With the right tools and a professional under-deck drainage system, you’ll soon have a sensational space that looks great and provides plenty of comfort for family and friends.