Here at Cedarbrook, we get excited for an outdoor space complete with finishing touches, such as lattice work and cladding! These design features are designated to covering any exposed wood from the framing. For decks 8’ or higher off the ground, we would recommend installing a rain diversion system complete with wood frame trim on all posts to create a fully usable space under the deck. However, with decks that are closer to the ground, we recommend lattice or cladding work to finish your space. Without this, the areas between the deck and the ground will have exposed support posts, joists, and dirt. The following types of design features will be a great investment in your next custom outdoor space!
Lattice is a classic design material used to conceal the underneath areas of your outdoor space. Don’t forget to install an access door! Traditionally these lattice panels have been made from pressure treated wood in a crisscross diagonal pattern. For an option that pops, consider using Redwood, Cedar, or Mahogany wood panels. These lattice panels are considered superior choices due to these species of wood being naturally rot and bug resistant, along with a beautiful finished look.
Vinyl lattice is a newer option, as technology brings different design options to your outdoor space. Most types of vinyl lattice can be painted, are rot resistant, mold/mildew resistant and can be very durable. Be careful with purchasing an inexpensive vinyl lattice, as these typically lack the depth that wood lattice does and may not be very thick causing the material to crack. High quality vinyl lattice is thick, tough, and resists the elements!
Cladding a deck means to cover the underbelly in full, usually with a deck board to match the surface of the deck. This finished style is different than lattice, as it will completed block off all view and access to the underbelly of your space. This style allows for fully hidden storage space and is a prevention method for critters who want take up residency under your outdoor space. It is important to note when installing cladding that you should have ventilation to underneath your deck. Without this ventilation, moisture may become trapped under your deck which can significantly increase the speed of decay to your pressure treated framing. A fully sealed off underdeck space can become an ideal climate for mold and mildew growth. Composite deck boards have become a common cladding material, adding a huge array of color and style options. Composite materials are fade, rot, and mold resistant.
If you are interested in a new outdoor living space, call Cedarbrook today for a free consultation with one of our expert team members at 301-703-8728 or contact us online.