Second story decks are excellent for endless views and entertaining guests, but what about the space below the deck? If your deck is high enough off the ground; you can finish off the area underneath with a rain diversion system to create an outdoor bonus room! It’s perfect for keeping your outdoor items dry such as bikes, patio furniture, and grills. You also gain a shaded area to kick back and relax.
Cedarbrook can install a rain diversion system (RDS) comprised of a rubber membrane, downspouts, and a gutter system to divert water away from the underbelly of your deck; making the area below a dry and functional space. While it is recommended to install an RDS on a new deck, Cedarbrook can also install a RDS on an existing deck! This process is called a retro-fit, which requires the deck boards to be removed and re-attached once the rain diversion system is in place.
The RDS works by laying membranes in between the joists, creating a trough, that collects the water into a gutter, which drains into a downspout to divert the water away from the home. Working with a membrane system allows for a more customizable fit for any custom deck style.
Once the RDS has been installed, the electrical aspects below the deck can begin. Homeowners often choose to have fans(s) and/or lighting installed. Once the electrical wiring is complete, the ceiling below the deck can be installed. The deck ceiling can be finished with a variety of materials, such as vinyl, aluminum, and low maintenance composite materials.
Once everything has come together the result is a private outdoor living space that is dry and shaded. A perfect place to relax. When you are ready to get started on your new outdoor project, please give us a call at 301-703-8728.