Why You Should Install a Deck Drainage SystemBy Dave Kile
Maybe you’ve heard of a deck drainage system, but you don’t know why you’d install one. Or maybe you know what it is, but aren’t sure if it’s for you. This beginner’s guide will help answer your questions.
What is a Deck Drainage System?
A deck drainage system is installed under the deck boards of a second-story deck. It uses a network of troughs and downspouts to divert water away from the deck and into a gutter system keeping the space below the deck dry and useable.
Why Would I Want One?
If you are building a second-story deck, a drainage system creates a dry, livable area under the deck that doubles your outdoor living space. Once the drainage system is in place, you can add a ceiling and utilities for lights, fans, television, outdoor kitchens, storage space, and much more.
Is It Hard to Install?
A quality under-deck drainage system such as Trex RainEscape should be easy to install by either a homeowner or a deck builder. The project should not take more than a few hours to complete using a handful of tools. When deciding which deck gutter system to install, be sure to understand if the project requires an authorized installer or if you can do it yourself. Learn why builders prefer Trex RainEscape.
What About Maintenance?
Most deck drainage systems are easy to maintain. In homes where there are a lot of trees over the deck, clean the gutter system regularly. Cleaning the gutter only requires a hose and a broom. In heavily wooded areas, it is smart to include an access panel that can be cleaned out frequently to prevent build up in the deck gutter system.
What Will it Cost?
With any project, the cost depends on the materials and whether you need to hire a builder. Check out this estimator to get a good idea of what materials you will need. Then, search Where to Buy to find a distributor.
If you’re building a two-story deck, you’ll want to be sure to include a deck drainage system in your plans. You’ll be thrilled with the many versatile options you’ll have with your new, dry outdoor space.