Don't waste the area beneath a deck. It provides a prime opportunity to increase storage, make a patio, or create a beautiful finish to the project. We offer four cost-effective solutions.
Install rubber roofing between the deck framing and the floorboards. The water that comes through the deck is gathered by the rubber roofing, carried to the end of the deck, and flows into the existing gutter system. This creates a dry area that allows customers to create a rain-proof patio. For just $15 to $18 per square foot, we'll finish it with soffit so we can install lighting and ceiling fans while hiding wires and fixtures.
Under Porch Storage
Increase your storage space by installing a few pieces of soffit to the bottom of the deck frame. This redirects water and creates semi-dry storage. Frame walls, add lockable doors, and finish off with siding or deck boards. It's a great way to create storage out of thin air. Create a small area to store outdoor furniture. Finish with lights and electric outlets to store lawn and garden tools, riding mowers, and other lawncare essentials. The lights transform the space from storage to workstation.
Lattice and Skirting
Add skirting or lattice to places where there’s a 2’-3’ gap between the ground and the deck. It finishes the look. Lattice is available in diagonal or square with 1” or 2-½” openings.
We offer two types of skirting. The most popular and cost effective is done with deck floorboards, installed vertically, with ½” gaps for ventilation. The other style features 12” wide trim boards, installed vertically for a board and batten look.
We provide skirting or lattice up to 8’ feet high. The cost of lattice varies based on how high the deck is above ground. Vertical skirting costs 65% more than lattice.
All lattice or skirting is installed with an access door to reach items stored beneath the deck.
High and low decks benefit from adding stone and fabric beneath the floorboards. It dresses up a high deck and cuts down on the mud. The stone and fabric keeps weeds from growing up through low decks and absorbs moisture. This extends your deck's life and slows the growth of algae and mildew.
The cost of putting down a good grade of fabric and stones is around $1.50-$2.50 per square foot, depending on stone choice. For a deck that is low to the ground, especially if you are getting lattice or skirting installed, we recommend regular grey stone. They will be at the low end, price wise. For a deck that is higher above ground, we use some type of colored, landscaping stone like River Rock. That increases the cost to around $2.00-$2.50 per square foot.