What is an underdeck system?
It is a ceiling system that goes underneath an elevated deck to keep the space below dry, increasing your living or storage space in the process. It goes with the whole outdoor "staycation" concept.
How much clearance do you need beneath a deck?
You want a minimum eight-foot clearance for an entertainment space that includes a fan, recessed lighting and speakers. If you're using the space for storage or to keep your lawn mower dry, the clearance could be as little as five feet.
What do underdeck panels look like?
They are flat aluminum panels that are available in three different textures: smooth, beaded or wood-grain embossed. There are 27 different colors to choose from. The most popular colors are wicker (beige) and musket brown (dark chocolate brown). Musket brown goes well with a lot of the decking materials that are available on the market.
How about maintenance?
How frequently a system needs to be maintained depends on factors like how many trees you have or how many animals are running around your deck. Check it every three to five years. You can simply pull out a panel to see if your system needs to be washed down.
How much should I expect to pay?
If you don't want recessed lighting, a fan or speakers installed, you should budget around $10 per square foot of coverage. If you want to dress it up with a lot of options, you'll probably pay $12 or more per square foot. Installing a system for a simple rectangular deck usually takes one or two days.
Can I install an underdeck system myself?
A lot of the DIY materials aren't contractor grade. If your underdeck system is professionally installed, there isn't a learning curve. A professional can access your space and quickly give it the quality look it deserves.
Author: Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, www.SoutheasternUnderdeck.com
Southeastern Underdeck Systems serves residential customers throughout the southeast.
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