As a homeowner, building a deck is a great way to increase your propertys value and create outdoor living areas for entertaining and relaxation. A well-built deck provides a beautiful and functional space for various activities, such as hosting summer barbecues, relaxing with a good book, or enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning.
However, it's important to consider the drainage system before undertaking a deck construction project. Water and moisture can cause serious damage to your decking, decreasing its lifespan and ultimately costing you unnecessary expenses.
Decks that are not properly designed and constructed with drainage systems in place are at risk of developing issues such as rot, buckling, and even structural collapse. There are many factors that can lead to the accumulation of moisture and water under the deck, including rainwater, melting snow or ice, and even irrigation.
All that excess moisture can compromise the integrity of the deck joists and beams, eventually leading to bowing or even collapse. Besides the risk of structural damage, stagnant water can also promote the growth of mould, mildew, and other fungi, not to mention attracting rodents and other pests.
The best way to prevent these issues is to install a proper drainage system during the deck construction process.
When it comes to installing drainage systems for decks, there are many considerations to keep in mind. A professional deck builder will have knowledge and experience in the various types of drainage systems for decks and will offer a range of options depending on the specific needs of your deck and location.
At Drainage Cumbria, we've seen first-hand how water damage can impact decks in Cumbria, and we're here to help ensure that your deck is properly designed and constructed with a reliable and effective drainage system.
Ground-level decks or decks on grade, installed directly on the ground, present different drainage challenges than those elevated above grade. Ground-level decks, in particular, can benefit from the installation of a gravel bed beneath the wooden joists, which helps prevent rot and water damage.
At Drainage Cumbria, we can provide custom solutions designed to protect your ground-level deck from water damage, including a gravel bed topped with a perforated pipe drainage system.
If youre constructing an elevated deck, drainage is just as important. One of the most popular ways of draining elevated decks is the installation of troughs and downspouts underneath the joists. Troughs and downspouts are particularly useful on raised decks with a low clearance between the ground underneath and the bottom of the floor joists.
These systems catch rainwater and funnel it away from the joists, downspouts are then connected to the troughs, which empty into a dry well or drain. This prevents water from collecting under the deck, protecting the joists and the decking material from water and rot damage.
Sometimes the space between the decking joists is too wide for effective drainage, especially when using traditional drainage systems. This can be an issue in older decks or those built with unusual spacing configurations.
Gravel beds can be a solution in some cases, but for better protection, our drainage experts at Drainage Cumbria recommend installing a drainage fabric to prevent soil and debris from blocking the drainage system, combined with troughs and downspouts for optimal water drainage.
A well-designed deck drainage system can provide a new life for your deck, allowing you to enjoy it for years to come without worrying about water and moisture damage. At Drainage Cumbria, we offer custom drainage designs tailored to your deck, using high-quality materials designed to last.
Our deck drainage systems provide a big payoff by protecting your deck investment, keeping it looking great, and increasing its lifespan. Plus, it's a great way to add value to your home and create an outdoor space that you can enjoy with your family and friends for years to come.
At Drainage Cumbria, we are a trusted Cumbrian company with years of experience in drainage solutions. Our team of professionals has the expertise and knowledge to help you build a deck that is both beautiful and functional.
If you're planning on building a deck and are interested in learning more about drainage systems and how they can benefit your deck, please don't hesitate to contact us at Drainage Cumbria. We offer free consultations to help you get started and provide a range of options that are tailored specifically to your needs.
Call us today at 01228 734162 or email us at [email protected] to start a conversation about your deck drainage needs. You can also visit our website at drainagecumbria.uk to learn more about our solutions and services.