A deck is one of the best improvements you can make to your home. It adds livable space, enhances your yard’s appearance, and boosts your property’s resale value. However, maintaining a deck requires some work. After all, decks undergo stress daily, whether it’s from exposure to the elements or impact from foot traffic and heavy furniture.
One way to safeguard your deck, and the rest of your home, is to install an underdecking system. An under deck ceiling helps prevent snow or rainwater from accumulating and damaging your deck. Instead, it collects all the water and carries it to a gutter system away from your home.
Aside from being a great rainwater harvesting system, under deck ceilings let you enjoy the area below the deck without fear of getting wet. You can easily convert the space into an outdoor living room, an entertainment space, a patio extension, or a storage area.
If you are considering building a second-story deck, it’s important to know the available materials on the market. In this guide, we list common under deck ceiling materials and the pros and cons of each.
- Lightweight, yet extremely strong
- Water-and fire-resistant
- Resistant to rot, rust, chipping, and cracking
- Can be easily removed for access, cleaning, or repairs
- Requires very little maintenance and cleaning
- Offers the highest ventilation efficiency of any material
- No repainting required
- Highly flexible and less rigid than vinyl
- Durable enough to withstand heavy ice and snow as well as extreme temperature changes
- Environmentally friendly and made from recyclable materials.
- Can be harder to cut than vinyl
- A softer metal when compared to steel
- May easily dent or scratch when exposed to hail or falling branches
- More visually appealing
- Can be painted to match any color and aesthetic
- Biodegradable and environmentally friendly
- Takes more time to install and maintain
- Prone to decay, rot, splitting, and warping
- Not water repellant
- More expensive than other options
- May be less durable than other materials
- Available in an array of colors
- Long service life
- Low maintenance
- Does not absorb moisture or promote mold growth
- Prone to rust and scratches
- Harder to install due to its weight and thickness
- Can dent from high-impact events
- Requires minimal maintenance
- Resistant to the attacks of harmful insects such as termites and carpenter ants
- Often a more cost-effective option
- Highly versatile: comes in a range of colors and textures
- Long lifespan and will not rot or corrode over time
- Can withstand most weather conditions
- Prone to dents
- Prolonged exposure to extreme cold or heat can cause vinyl to become brittle, allowing water to penetrate
- Needs annual power washing for optimal performance
- Mold can form in damp areas
- Harder to install than aluminum
- Colors can fade over time
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If you need an under deck ceiling that will last many years, we’re the team to call. All Exterior installs durable and efficient under deck ceilings in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 20 years of home remodeling experience, trust us to deliver unmatched quality and friendly service every time.
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