You’ve probably heard people warn you before about the damage standing water can wreak on your deck, especially if you’re using a wood decking material or don’t keep up with waterproofing your deck. But even waterproofed decks will eventually start getting damaged if snow, water, or ice remains trapped on the deck too long. Just like your home itself, your deck is a major investment, so you’ll want to protect it from water damage just like you would the rest of your home. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the top benefits of having a high-quality deck drain installed for your deck.
Protecting The Deck
Let’s face it, your deck takes a beating no matter what time of year it is. During the winter, your deck has to deal with heavy snowfall and ice, only to have that ice melt and get bombarded with UV rays. Colorado has some seriously unpredictable weather and that typically means trouble for your deck, even if you’ve done your part in applying anti-UV and waterproof treatments for. On the other hand, during the summer your deck experiences the other extreme, high temperatures and constant UV exposure. This can lead to staining and breaking down the properties of your deck making it more susceptible to water damage.
An under-deck drainage system is the solution to this problem. Under-deck drainage systems are installed under the joists of your deck and are designed to move water away from your home and deck. To further protect the joists from damage and rotting, you can use joist caps.
Protecting Your Home
Deck drain systems not only protect your deck itself, but they protect your home by moving water into house drains and away from the home. One of the most common issues a homeowner can run into is foundation damage caused by poor drainage on the outside of the home. An efficient home will move water away from the sides of the home in order to avoid what’s called hydrostatic pressure, or the force water exerts on the foundation of your home. If this gets bad enough, it can lead to foundation cracks which can cause flooding.
Giving You More Room
One of the main reasons homeowners choose to install and under-deck drain system is to free up the space under their raised deck for year-long use. Whether you just want to use this area for storage or you want to use it as a nice outdoor living area, it’s no use to you when it’s wet! Not only will an underdeck drain keep this area dry, but it’ll allow you the opportunity to install fans or other fixtures like lights and really spruce up the area. You’ll probably impress your neighbors with this and maybe even make them a little jealous!
It Adds Value
If you’re looking into selling your home, you’re probably looking for any way you can to increase the value and general appeal of your home. If you have a quality deck drain system installed, you’ll have something to show off when you’re doing a walkthrough of your home.
Colorado Deck Drain Experts are your primary installers for Dry-B-Lo Concealed Systems and Dry-B-Lo Contemporary Systems here in Colorado. Don’t hesitate to give us a call to learn more!