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Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio discusses the endless benefits of utilizing an under-deck guttering system

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Our beautiful deck in Spring Valley, OH features an Under deck guttering system.

The ideal outdoor living space for most homeowners is not only beautiful, but is also loaded with functional and versatility. One of the most commonly ignored areas of an outdoor living space on projects that include an elevated or 2nd story deck is the space under the deck. Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, we take the area under your deck into consideration as viable outdoor living space each time we design a new elevated or 2nd story deck, or re-decking project. By using an under-deck guttering system, we are able to provide an outdoor living space that allows you to “have your cake and eat it too”… so to speak!

Whether you have an existing 2nd story deck or are considering adding a new one from scratch, taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to create two outdoor living spaces out of one. Normally, the spaces between the deck boards will cause water to drip down below which can keep you from enjoying the space under your deck in wet weather. We are able to add an under decking system to your deck that prevents any water from dripping down through the decking boards. This is critical when creating an under-deck outdoor living area, but also when building a porch under a deck.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap on this under deck space in Springvalley OH

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used DrySnap on this under deck space in Springvalley, OH.

Utilizing the space under your deck can also provide outdoor living space at a fraction of the cost of constructing a porch or screened porch from scratch. Here at Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio, there are three types of under-deck systems we prefer to use. These are DrySnap under deck rain carrying systems, TimberTech’s DrySpace under deck drainage system and the Trex RainEscape deck drainage system. Though each of these systems operate in much the same way in helping to deliver an under-deck space you and your family can use as a versatile, protected, shade structure, their installation requirements vary.

DrySpace System

DrySpace under decking System.

Both DrySpace and DrySnap Attaches to your new or existing deck joists. Both systems effectively turn lower level patio space into extra leisure and storage space by creating a usable dry space under your deck. The DrySnap system is made up of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and drain water away from your deck space. It also provides a maintenance-free ceiling that covers any unsightly underside areas of your deck resulting in a clean, dry outdoor space you can utilize for a myriad of functions. This system delivers a look similar to that of a charming beadboard finished ceiling. DrySpace is made from solid extruded vinyl which also provides a maintenance free ceiling. The aesthetic differs slightly from that of DrySnap because it resembles the more rustic look of an exposed rafter porch ceiling, which exudes charm and beauty with this finished look.

Trex RainEscape

Trex RainEscape

Trex Rain Escape is similar in that it allows you to also expand your outdoor living space options by allowing rain to flow through the system and onto the ground or into a rain storage system. The only difference is with this system, you will incur additional expense in having to finish the interior ceiling of your space. Where other under deck systems we use are considered “all-inclusive” at the time of installation, this system doesn’t include a finished ceiling. This can be viewed as either a positive or a negative according to what type of ceiling you have in mind for your space.

Installation of DrySnap system.

Installation of DrySnap system.

Your under deck space can be designed to suit many functions. From an open porch or patio setting to a finished screened room that delivers protection from nuisance insects, or maybe a private covered patio off of a walkout basement — the possibilities are endless. Some homeowners are even installing TVs, speakers, ceiling fans and lights to complement their under deck outdoor living areas. Once the space is protected from interference from rain with one of these systems, it may be outfitted with all the same amenities and accoutrements of any other outdoor living space.

If you’ve dreamed of having a protected outdoor living space that is functional during inclement weather and offers shade from the hot afternoon sun in addition to your elevated or 2nd story deck, we can make that dream a reality. This outdoor living combination will make all other “two for one” deals in your life pale by comparison. Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040
westcentralohio@archadeck.net

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

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Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio explores the top 5 ways to breathe new life into your deck space for the New Year!

 

This deck in Springvalley OH utilizes the space under the deck

Could 2014 be the year for a new you by upgrading your existing deck space?

Making the decision to build a new deck, or re-deck an existing deck is a great way to kick off the New Year. Not only will you gain all the aesthetic benefits of adding to or upgrading your outdoor living space, you will also increase the degree of function you can enjoy in your backyard. While the addition of a new deck is often the only course available to homeowners who have a deck that is not a candidate for re-decking, or in cases where there isn’t an existing deck, re-decking or upgrading your deck is a viable consideration for many homeowners.

Breathing new life into your tired deck doesn’t have to entail extensive upgrades. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has many decking options available to make your deck look, and function, like new again. We have put together a list of the top 5 ways you can make your existing deck new again in honor of the New Year!

New railing can make a huge difference

New railing can make a huge difference!

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Deck New Again

#1) Replacing the rail – The rail is an area that is often overlooked and underestimated when using a less-experienced deck builder. The rail is the top place to upgrade for the most obvious reason; it is the area of the deck you see the most. Your rail is visible looking at the deck from your window, as you look out of the deck into your landscape, and most importantly the rail is the first thing you see approaching your deck. In some cases we even replace the decking band along with replacement of the rails because the deck band is also an area that is highly visible from all angles. Replacing your deck railing is a great way to add curb appeal and dress up your deck with minimal effort and cost involved.

West Central and SW Ohio composite deck builder

With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both.

#2) Re-decking with composite

With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both. Re-decking involves replacement of the existing deck boards while adhering to the existing footprint of the deck. Making the decision to re-deck your low-aesthetic, high maintenance wooden deck into a low-maintenance, high-aesthetic deck is really a no-brainer. Re-decking with composite eliminates the chore of painting and staining your deck in the future. Composites are also as easy on bare feet as they are on the eye because they don’t splinter or retain heat the way wood does. They are also impervious to insects, fungus, and mold and will not deteriorate with exposure to the elements like some wood decks. Composite re-decking is a wise investment in the future of your outdoor living space.

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Multi level deck in Colerain Township

Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year.

#3) Re-decking with expansion

Re-decking with expansion involves building onto, and expanding the outdoor living space and re-decking the existing and expanded portion as a whole. The best way to define re-decking with expansion is a “new and improved” space. Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio can design a new and improved deck with your individual needs in mind; these may include the need for additional seating, grilling and dining or even an extended area to place a hot tub or spa.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap on this under deck space in Springvalley OH

Archadeck of West Central Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap to utilize the under deck space on this Springvalley, OH, deck.

#4) Installing an under deck guttering system – This applies to homeowners considering a second-story deck addition or those considering re-decking an existing 2 story deck. By utilizing an under deck system in the design of your new or re-decking project, you can have your cake and eat it too! The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck ), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one. The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one.

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio uses Dry Snap and TimberTech’s Dry Space under decking systems. DrySnap is made of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and drain water away from your new dry space. It provides a maintenance free ceiling that covers the unsightly underside of your deck, turning it into a clean, bright, dry outdoor space. TimberTech’s Dry Space under deck drainage system collects and channels moisture from the spaces between your planks. Attaching easily to your new or existing deck joists, Dry Space effectively turns lower level patios into extra leisure and storage space by creating a usable dry space under your deck.

Multi-Level Timber Tech Earthwood composite deck with curved decking and deck lighting Warren County Springboro Ohio.

Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck.

#5) Deck lighting – Let there be light! Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck. We install a huge amount of Kichler deck lighting and TimberTech deck lighting, including Decklites into risers, posts, rail posts and even integrate lighting into the floor of the deck. Deck lighting extends the function of your deck into the evening hours and give your space a romantic feel that invites you to linger a while longer.

If you are ready to ring in the New Year with a resolution that is easy to keep, why not consider upgrading your deck? By expanding, upgrading or re-decking your existing deck you can make 2014 a year to remember, and for all to enjoy! Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more about our many deck revitalization options today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

See more examples of backyard deck transformation ideas by visiting our composite and PVC deck photo gallery, and our decks photo gallery located on our website.