Could you use some additional storage space for all your backyard clutter? Bikes, lawnmowers, garden equipment, pool supplies, unused outdoor furniture and any other unsightly items can be safely and easily stored under your deck with a few modifications. Under deck storage systems are convenient and often inexpensive.
You can either seal the deck or construct a separate container for storage. It is easier to purchase a waterproof storage unit than to waterproof the deck. Measure the space available before shopping for a pre-made storage container. If you are building a deck, design it so that it fits around a large waterproof container or shed.
These pre-made storage sheds are available in just about any size, shape, and color. They range from small toy box sized boxes with lids to large walk in sheds with locking doors and plenty of storage space. Be creative and resourceful.
If you are dealing with an already made deck area and you just need to convert it to storage space, ideas range from simple and convenient to complicated and requiring at least a partial rebuilding of the surface of your deck.
A lattice wall can easily be attached to your deck and make an attractive yet simple storage space for sturdy rain-safe gear.
Products for Waterproofing Your Deck
There are aluminum and vinyl sheets available that can be mounted underneath your deck to shield the contents from rainwater. These sheets should be mounted at a slight angle to guide the direction and shedding of water. Fiberglass sheets come in a corrugated shape. This shape is perfect for building an interlocking system for diverting rainwater away from under your deck.
Roll out vinyl membranes are an inexpensive plastic treatment that you simply roll out, over the surface of your deck. Attach to the wood. Very simple. One obvious downfall is that the wood surface of your deck will no longer have the wood exposed. These membranes are one of the simplest methods to prevent rainwater from soaking under the deck, but not one of the better looking. They usually come in various colors, patterns, and textures.
Specialized deck coatings for plywood decks come in high-tech materials that are layered onto the surface of the deck in different coats. They are usually applied by professionals. Among other things they can contain reinforced fiberglass, acrylic resin, and polyester fabric coatings. They are available in many color and design options. One drawback is that they require a continuous solid surface to be effectively applied. This can be a problem for some decks and somewhat expensive to remedy with a single surface being added.
Interlocking aluminum decking is available that can be laid over wooden planks, or in many times can replace the wooden planks entirely. With replacement comes some reconstruction expenses. This product is available in many galvanized colors. The aluminum surface is prone to retaining heat and can get very hot in the summer so use care when in bare feet
Vinyl interlocking decking is the same type of system as the aluminum decking, although vinyl is cheaper. It can also replace wooden planks so there is the added reconstruction cost if you choose to replace instead of recover. Vinyl won’t retain heat in summer, so it is safe for your children’s bare feet. It also comes in m any colors and patterns.
In an under deck waterproofing system a waterproof ceiling is installed underneath the wooden deck. It drains all water off to a gutter system installed on either side of the deck
Natural Wood Tiles
In almost every idea but the last you must sacrifice the look of the natural wood in order to waterproof your deck in order to safely store items underneath. If you really like the look of natural wood there is a system of interlocking decking tiles with an EPDM membrane underneath. It is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to hold onto the look of natural wood and waterproofing your deck at the same time.
This system consists of installing a continuous EPDM membrane over your existing wooden deck. Then you install interlocking wood tiles over this membrane. These tiles are constructed with an interlocking plastic mesh base which allows water to be able to flow freely underneath them, but allows them to form a continuous wooden deck surface.
These interlocking tiles are available in many species of wood. This allows for designs and patterns to be incorporated into the wood. There is no need for nails or screws because they are all interlocking at the base. In addition you don’t have to pay the added expense of ripping up your existing wooden planks or installing a single surfaced layer for the application of coatings.