Do you have an elevated deck with a patio space underneath? If you do – or you’re planning to build one – you may want to consider adding a dry deck system to maximize your use of the patio space. A dry deck system, sometimes known as an under-deck drainage system, attaches to the bottom of your deck. It collects and redirects falling water, protecting the patio from water. There are several dry deck products available – such as DrySpace™ from AZEK® — that generally, all work the same.
Having a dry deck system in place gives you greater use of your patio if the water is a concern. For example, the greater coverage helps protect your patio furniture from the elements, gives you a dry place to clean pets with muddy feet before they come in the house, and creates a relaxing spot to sit with a good book while the rain patters above your head.
What is Dry Decking?
Dry decking systems feature a series of troughs and gutters installed under your deck boards on the support joists. The water that normally drips through deck boards is trapped and channeled to a gutter for more convenient drainage.
The result is a dry and protected outdoor living space underneath the deck. Most homes feature a patio at the ground level, giving them a second outdoor living space to use when the weather is less than favorable.
Additional benefits to choosing a dry deck system include:
- You’ll be able to add electricity and related accessories into the ceiling of your below deck patio, such as lights and a ceiling fan.
- The below deck patio will be more finished. Depending on what system you choose, different color options and styles are available. You can create the appearance of a finished ceiling, rather than looking at the open framework of your deck.
- Many dry deck systems are attached below the framework, eliminating the need to remove or replace decking and railings. This allows for an inexpensive retrofit, that doesn’t require extensive demolition and replacement.
Choosing a dry deck system is a case-by-case basis depending on your home, property, budget, and lifestyle needs. Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham can help you determine the right choice for you. If your Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill home needs a dry outdoor space, call today for a design consultation: (919) 446-5585. We look forward to working with you!