Homeowners building a second-story deck should consider spending the extra money to install an under-deck drainage system. The main benefit is that the homeowner doubles their outdoor living space. Builders can benefit too from installing an under-deck drainage system because the upgrade gives them the chance to make more money on the project.
There are a lot more benefits for both homeowners and builders from adding an under-deck drainage system to a two-story deck. Here are the top four:
1. Create a Dry Outdoor Living Space Below the Deck
An under-deck drainage system is designed to drain water away from a deck. Some under-deck drainage systems use a network of trough and downspouts to divert water into a gutter system that moves it away from the deck. This creates an area under the deck that stays dry and free from the elements. For homeowners, this doubles their outdoor living space. Once the system is installed, homeowners can add utilities for lighting, ceiling fans, entertainment centers and more. Then finish the space by adding a ceiling or soffit of their choice. The dry space under the deck can also be used for storage.
2. Protect the Deck Substructure from Moisture
Not all under-deck drainage systems are the same. Systems that use a poly or rubberized membrane that drapes over the joists keep the wood protected. This type of system provides 100% protection that all the beams and joists are shielded from water. This prevents the joist substructure from rot and wood decay that typically happens at around 8-10 years. With the average deck warranted to last 25 years, it is worth the investment to ensure the deck substructure lasts as long as the decking it supports.
3. Create Satisfied Customers
Although an under-deck drainage system adds a few more dollars to a deck construction project, homeowners feel it’s worth the investment. After the first rainfall, the homeowner quickly realizes the value of having dry outdoor living space to enjoy during bad weather. No need to ruin a party because of the rain. The guests can still enjoy being outdoors without worrying about getting wet.
4. Earn More Profit
Adding an under-deck drainage system to a new deck project allows a builder to earn more profit without having to hire additional employees. Assuming a profit margin of 20% on a 325 square foot deck, a builder could potentially earn a few thousand dollars more by adding an under-deck drainage system and a ceiling to the project. Over the course of the year, the increased profit could really grow a company’s bottom line.
Homeowners and builders both benefit from the installation of an under-deck drainage system. Homeowners double their outdoor living space and builders gain satisfied customers and a few extra dollars in their pocket. At the end of the day, it’s a win/win for both the homeowner and the builder.