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Old 08-20-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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hello all,
I have a question on how to close in the underside of my deck. Currently, under my deck, there is a nice concrete patio. I want to take the patio and basically either enclose it as a screened in porch or maybe just a nice finished patio. Now my question is with the deck above. How do I seal this off so that if i am on the patio and it is raining, i do not get wet?
I had thought about the following:

1. use siding to make the ceiling and put a slight angle on it to run the water down to the end of the porch and into a gutter

2. use channel to run the water parallel to every opening over the patio then out to a gutter on the front of the deck

3. seal the openings, cross my fingers and hope for the best.

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Old 08-20-2007, 12:23 PM   #2
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There is a system for this, GOOGLE it I dont have info in front of me. Basically it is a roofing system for under decks.
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:20 PM   #3
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Have you considered screwing exterior grade plywood down over the existing decking, and then covering this with a good grade of deck fabric? This would keep you dry underneath, and greatly prolong the life of your deck structural members. Not the cheapest way to go, but possibly the best way.

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i think i am going to swing by lowes and look for inspiration. I know i can make it work and look good without spending fortune. i looked on google and everything looks to be more than I want to pay
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Chaz; DATS IT I could not remember name, you got it
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guys. i do appreciate the help and i did see most of those when i surfed google. my deal is, i am about 99% confident that i can design a system that will work and still look clean and look custom. Any I KNOW I can do it without paying well over 1000 bucks.
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Sleepy where I live you can get away with most anything (no rain or real winter ). Where you live I do not know. Good luck.
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i live in east tn. we have some of the craziest weather around. I am just confident in my creativity.
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I framed my deck, 3/4 plywooded it and then put roll roofing and black mastic on it. I then layed sleepers on top of the deck (essentially a roof) and put down my decking. Works like a champ 15 yrs and still good.
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Berger Bros just came out with a very attractive under deck system that has a bead board look. You want the water to run thru the deck, into a gutter.
Adding the plywood, roll roofing, sleepers and decking and railings will add a lot to the weight load engineering criteria.
The under deck systems install quickly, and the ease in removal and re-attachment after cleaning make them well worth your trouble.
A simple way would be.....5/4 x 2 strapping with metal roofing screwed
up into it, and gutters on one end. If your deck is dead flat level, then a graduated strapping layout will allow your new deck ceiling to pitch to your gutter.
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i am going to do a nice walk thru lowes and see what i can find. great ideas usually hit me randomly and thus I will come up with something eventually when i have more time to think about it.

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