Don’t Make These Deck Drainage Mistakes

When it comes to your deck, we’re sure that you want to protect it. Decks and patios are quite an investment and it is in your best interest to do everything you can to ensure that stay in good shape for as long as possible. One of the best ways to ensure that your deck is properly protected is to make sure that it has a proper drainage system. If water is left to sit on your deck for too long, it can cause discoloration, rot, and warping of the deck boards. Here at Colorado Deck Drain Experts we are, as our name suggests, experts in the field of deck drains. However, we realize that many of you reading this may not be so, in today’s post, we are going to go over a few mistakes that you should avoid when contemplating the best deck drainage system for your home.

Not All Deck Drains are Created Equal

Drains are an important element of deck design and it is crucial that you take the appropriate time and effort to properly plan out your drainage system. Below, we have listed a few mistakes to avoid when going through this planning process.

  • Choose the Right Shape: The shape of the channels that you choose for your deck can have a major impact on the efficiency with which they move moisture from your deck to the under-deck drainage system. Because rain often knocks debris onto deck surfaces such as dirt, leaves, and twigs, it is important to choose a channel shape that can effectively function even when partially clogged. Rounded or V-Shaped channels promote consistent water flow which helps to further help your drainage system remain debris free and perform at an optimal level.
  • Choose the Right Drain: When choosing a drain for your deck drainage system, it is important to consider how much precipitation your deck will experience. Some areas of the country receive very little rain but may experience quite a bit of snowfall during the winter. All of that snow will eventually melt and it is important to factor this in when deciding on which drains are right for you. Conversely, if you are experiencing a lot of rain on a yearly basis, it may behoove you to have a multi-channel drainage system designed to handle more frequent, heavy flows of water.
  • Direct the Flow Properly: In order for a deck drainage system to be effective, it needs to not only move water away from your deck, it needs to move water into multiple locations so that it does not pool up at a single point in your property. We suggest that your drainage system direct water towards slopes and other areas of your yard that have a natural, constant downward grade. If you have a more conservative mindset, drainage systems can be used to collect runoff water in convenient reservoirs that can then later be used for irrigation purposes, helping the environment and reducing water costs.
  • Choose a System That Lasts: While we understand that deck drainage systems can be costly, we must caution you to not go for the cheapest option available. Your deck’s drainage system must be made from material that can withstand heavy and consistent water flow, fluctuations in temperature, and any other types of exposure the system may experience. While metal drainage systems are an option, they can corrode over time, rendering them ineffective and, in some cases, any water that flows through them can become contaminated with unwanted metal particles. We suggest that you choose a drainage system made from PVC pipe or a comparable plastic materia. These materials do not corrode over time and do not impart any unwanted materials to the water as it flows through them.

If you have any more questions about deck drainage systems, please do not hesitate to contact us at Colorado Deck Drain Experts. We have years of experience helping Colorado residents install under-deck drainage systems to help protect their decks from unwanted water damage and we would love to help you with your next deck project. We have the knowledge, tools, and experience to get the job done right every single time.