Q&A with Emily Alexander of Emily Made Home: Transforming an Outdoor Oasis with Trex RainEscape
When influencer Emily Alexander of Emily Made Home decided to resurface her old, wooden deck with Trex Transcend® Lineage™ composite decking, she took the opportunity to create a usable patio space underneath as well. To keep the area dry, she installed a Trex RainEscape deck drainage system. We checked in with Emily following the completion of the project to learn more about her decision to use Trex RainEscape and her experience with the DIY installation.
Why did you choose Trex RainEscape?
The patio under my deck would get drenched every time it rained. When I made plans to redo my deck, it was the perfect time to waterproof that area. I knew the RainEscape system would work seamlessly with Trex products and I really liked the idea that only simple installation tools were required since I was installing it myself. All I needed was a caulk gun, a stapler and some scissors, making it a very DIY-friendly project.
Did you face any challenges during your installation?
My deck substructure had a beam down the middle of the patio space, which created a unique situation. But thanks to the detailed instructions that come with the Trex RainEscape system, I was able to find directions that accounted for my scenario and the installation process was easy once I got the hang of it.
Any tips or advice for homeowners that may be considering installing a deck drainage system?
My biggest piece of advice is to plan ahead for a gutter drainage system. I had hardscaping done so I took the opportunity to install drainage pipes underground where I knew I wanted the downspouts to be. I think it added a nice touch. I also added a rain barrel under one collection area to use for watering my plants.
What is your favorite part about having incorporated a RainEscape system?
Having a waterproofed space is wonderful, but even more, I know that my new deck structure will last that much longer since it’s protected from the elements due to the above-the-joist installation. I was able to wire the space for outdoor fans and installed a beautiful beadboard soffit ceiling to make the space its own outdoor room.
Anyone re-doing their decking should not skip this step! It’s going to add so much to your home!