What to do with the space under the composite decking
For all people, decks and porches are an opportunity and a challenge. What should be done with the space under the composite decking? In the past, people often chose wooden lattice or plastic lattice. This crisscrossing diamond pattern was used to cover up unsightly storage and exposed dirt.
In today’s world, architectural finishes and composites decking material have evolved and traditional lattice looks a bit dated. Most homeowners don’t want an unsightly space under their outdoor living area. To add beauty and practicality to the space under your deck, we offer the following options for composite deck lattice.
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Create a room for entertaining and relaxing
If you have a two-story composite deck, then you can create a room underneath. Simply add a drainage system to create dry, usable space underneath the composite deck.
Composite decks can provide a special under-deck drainage system. By using a network of gutters and drains, composite decking can prevent rain, spills, and snowmelt from dripping through raised deck boards. Next, you can install a ceiling and create a more finished living space with lights and fans. With a protected space, you can be as creative as you want to be!
It is recommended that you add drainage before installing a composite deck. So be sure to check with your contractor before construction begins. A new deck is a great home improvement with a great return on investment.
Use composite decking strips for skirting
You can use horizontal lines to create a modern design, which is very popular right now. You can use composite decking strips in the same color as your house. Or you can choose a contrasting color. Horizontal lines will elongate the look of your house and add a structural element to your landscape design. The idea of horizontal deck skirting is especially appropriate for the look of a mid-century modern home. 3.
Create a patterned look
Composite deck skirting comes in a variety of designs. One can choose from a wide variety of skirting options. Various lattice design options are available in black or white, or you can customize them in different colors according to your preference. These lattice panels are fully customizable and provide a privacy screen, while also being durable and easy to clean.
This low-maintenance material is non-absorbent, UV-stable, and weather-resistant. The pattern you choose can be the focal point of your backyard. Some homeowners also use lattice panels for doors, screened porches, and pergolas.
Choose vertical decorative lines
Vertical lines draw the eye and look especially attractive on a traditional home with wood siding. Paint the skirting white or coordinate it with the color of the shutters or doors. You can also paint skirting a darker color and plant shrubs around it to make it “disappear”.
Complement Craftsman-style architecture
Decorate your home with natural elements such as stone and neutral tones. Most Craftsman-style homes include a large, covered front porch, so skirting is common. If you want to go with something less common, invest in colorful tropical or native hardwoods to create a contrast. The right skirting can greatly add to the curb appeal of any home, especially a Craftsman-style front porch design.
Go for durability
Choose stone or brick skirting materials to give your home a solid, rooted look. Make sure the color and texture coordinate with your house. If you don’t want to use a stone material, faux stone composite deck skirting offers a great alternative that generally won’t chip, crack or crumble. Unlike actual brick or stone, DIY homeowners can install faux stone decking.
Plant shrubs or plants
An easy DIY makeover is to change the landscape at the bottom of your deck or back porch. This addition will complement your overall landscaping so it doesn’t look unnatural. If you’re not happy with your backyard landscape, now may be a good time to do a complete makeover.
Tips for Under the Deck
No matter what design style you choose, be sure to level the ground before you start work. This step is crucial to prevent pests and ensure proper drainage.
Depending on the location of your deck, it’s a good idea to cover the ground with a piece of weed-blocking landscape fabric. Never use mulch or pine straw under your deck, as these organic materials may attract termites, carpenter ants, and other pests. Stones will also deter moles, groundhogs, and other burrowing animals.
Finally, whatever approach you choose to finish your deck, be sure to create access. Whether you need access to the plumbing and electrical components under your home or you need to remove critters that burrow under your deck and die, you’ll need a door.