Why You Should Install An Under Deck System

Ready to build a new deck? Adding an under-deck drainage system to your plans is more than worth it! Installing one during the initial construction phase can save you time, money, and headaches down the road. With an under-deck drainage system, you can enjoy your outdoor living space even on rainy days, and the space underneath can be transformed into a functional and beautiful area for storage, entertaining, and more. Let's explore why installing an under-deck drainage system should be a no-brainer for your new deck.

Under deck system with ceiling fans by in-ground pool

What is an Under Deck Drainage System?

An under-deck drainage system is an innovative solution that enables you to make the most of your outdoor living space by creating a dry and comfortable area beneath your elevated deck. By installing an under-deck system, you can transform your unused space into a functional and appealing outdoor living area that can be used for various purposes, such as hosting events, storing equipment, or simply relaxing with your favorite folks.

How Does an Under Deck Drainage System Work?

An under-deck drainage system typically consists of a series of panels or troughs that are installed beneath the deck joists, allowing rainwater or other liquids to drain away from the deck. The panels or troughs are made of durable materials such as vinyl, aluminum, or steel and are designed to withstand the elements. The system is usually installed with a slight slope towards the edge of the deck, where a gutter or downspout is installed to collect the water and direct it away from the house. The panels or troughs are typically installed using clips or brackets and can be customized to fit the dimensions and shape of your deck. Deckscapes of Virginia typically installs a rubber trough system that fits within the framing of a structure and funnels that water into a gutter located at the edge of a porch or deck. This system has proven to be the most reliable with the weather in the Northern Virginia area.

White under deck drain system with table and chairs and white ceiling fan

How Does an Under Deck Drainage System Make Your Deck Last Longer?

An under-deck drainage system is beneficial for decks and porches as it helps maintain the longevity of the framing. The rubber trough system utilized by Deckscapes of Virginia not only forces water away from the home, but also covers the framing which minimizes the ability of water to accelerate decay in wood framing. By installing an under-deck drainage system, you can protect your composite or PVC deck from moisture and extend its lifespan.

White under-deck system with fan and hanging swing

Under Deck Drainage Presents Endless Design Opportunity Below

An under-deck drainage system creates a dry space that can be transformed into a functional and stylish outdoor living area. Use the space for storage by adding custom-built cabinets, shelving, or drawers to keep your outdoor gear organized and out of sight. Install a ceiling fan to provide a cool breeze on hot days and to keep the bugs away. An outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill, refrigerator, sink, and countertops is perfect for cooking and entertaining guests. Customize your under-deck lighting with string lights, pendant lights, or recessed lights to create an inviting atmosphere. Add a bar with seating for a fun and functional gathering spot. With endless possibilities, an under-deck drainage system can turn your deck into a multi-functional outdoor living space where you can enjoy rain or shine.

Initial Deck Construction is a Golden Opportunity for Under Deck Drainage

An under-deck drainage system can be installed either under or over your deck joists. Installing an under-deck drainage system when we build a new outdoor living space is the best opportunity to build an efficient system that can effectively divert water away from your deck and foundation. Retrofitting an under-deck drainage system can be challenging and more costly, so it's important to plan ahead and work with a skilled contractor who can ensure your system is installed correctly. Installing the system under the joists is not an application we recommend at Deckscapes of Virginia. Systems fabricated to be installed under your joists provide no protection for the joists themselves and often fail with heavy rains in the Northern Virginia area. This is another reason Deckscapes of Virginia installs an integrated under drainage system above the porch or deck framing.

Under deck drainage system with hot tub under deck

The Right Construction Partner is Vital 

Selecting the right contractor for installing an under-deck drainage system during initial construction is essential for the success of your new outdoor living space. The right contractor will help ensure that your system is properly installed and integrated into your overall deck design. They will also ensure that the materials used are of high quality and that the installation is done according to manufacturer recommendations. A reputable outdoor contractor will also provide you with a warranty for their work, giving you peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected. It's important to research potential contractors, read reviews, and ask for references before making a decision to hire.

Do Your Research, Then Call Us

There are myriad benefits to installing an under-deck drainage system for your outdoor living space. From protecting the structural integrity of your deck to creating a dry space for additional features, this investment is sure to enhance your outdoor experience for years to come. When selecting a contractor for this project, it's essential to choose an experienced and reputable company like Deckscapes of Virginia. As a luxury outdoor living space builder serving Loudon, Fairfax, and Prince William County, we repeatedly demonstrate our commitment to quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams.


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