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How to cover dirt under a deck?

Friday, February 25, 2022

An outdoor composite decking not only improves your outdoor living space but also increases the resale value of your home. However, most decks will have a small space underneath. This space can store dirt and grow weeds. So much so that it affects the overall aesthetics of your home. So, we should know something about how to cover dirt under a deck.

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When building an outdoor deck, the ground is usually laid flat. If your composite deck is installed on a former frame structure. Or for other reasons, there is a space under the deck. Then you need to do something about this space underneath the deck. Otherwise, this space may affect your outdoor deck. For example, weeds can grow on that ground and then grow onto the deck. It can also damage the foundation of the deck and cause some safety hazards.

Fortunately, we can take some measures to cover the dirt under the deck.

3 ways to remodel

Laying gravel

Having raw dirt under your deck can make your outdoor deck boards look like it’s unfinished. And gravel is a great way to cover up the dirt underneath your deck.

Before laying gravel, you need to remove the weeds. Then lay down some weed-resistant fabric, which will prevent weeds from popping up under the deck. Then choose gravel that is a similar or matching color to your deck. This will make your outdoor living space look more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

One of the benefits of gravel is that you have many options when it comes to style. You can choose almost any color, shape, or style you might want under your deck.

Remodeled Storage Space

Most people feel they don’t have enough storage space in their homes. If you’re handy and a little creative. You can transform the space under your deck and turn it into an extra storage space. This could be a great way to get more bang for your buck without adding a shed.

Of course, you still have to do the weeding before you can transform the storage space. Also, as a storage space, you will need to do some moisture control. You can store things like gardening tools under the deck. If this space is large enough, rakes, hoses and even lawnmowers can be stored under your deck.

Install skirting

More people choose to use skirting to cover the dirt under the deck. Skirting hangs down from the edge of the deck and covers the area below. Make your outdoor composite decking look like one piece. Gives your deck a higher aesthetic appeal. At the same time, you can also choose a different kind of skirting to give you a different visual experience. For example, checkered skirting gives you a different visual appeal.

Likewise, before using skirting to cover the dirt under the deck. You also need to do the wedding as well as prevent the grass from growing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prevent soil erosion under my deck?

Soil erosion under the deck can pose a significant safety hazard. That’s why it’s important to prevent under-deck soil erosion. And the best way to prevent erosion is to install a deck drainage system.

If water does not collect under the deck, the soil will not erode. Therefore, having a good deck drainage system can effectively prevent soil erosion.

Can you build a deck on gravel?

You can build a deck on gravel as long as it is stable enough. A floating deck may be a good way to avoid having to install a foundation. However, you should make sure that the gravel can bear the weight without moving.

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