For those that are trying to both maximize their outdoor living space and maximize their dollar, creating a dry deck or under deck system is the way to go! There are several ways to achieve an extra functional space under your deck if it is high up in the air.
We are all looking for ways to stretch our dollar further. At the same time, our appetite has grown for living outdoors and having more space to entertain. The space requirements often are comprised of an area of shade, an area that is open to get some sun and to allow for free air flow for your grill or outdoor kitchen, and areas that allow access from our main living area and down at grade.
These requirements often lead to costly decisions or cause us to compromise and leave out some of the features we want. We say that we will come back to it in phases and that we will start with just a deck and then come back and create a shaded area. The challenge is, most of the time we never get around to it.
A solution is a Snap Lock dry deck system or under deck system that creates a roof over a lower patio area. The effect is that you are creating 2 spaces while building one. If you love the outdoors, this is a wonderful cost effective option.
We often get called to repair failed systems that people have invested in that have leaked. The most common problem we find was they either bought a flawed system or the system was not installed per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The 2 most effective systems we have found that not only look aesthetically pleasing, but have an extremely low failure rate are either an EPDM rubber membrane system that you apply over pressure-treated plywood that goes on over the floor joists or a powder-coated aluminum under deck system that attaches below the floor joists. These have been proven over time to keep water from leaking down to the lower patio. To see great photos of these outdoor living spaces, go to the photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com