Check Your Deck
Install a Roof Under the Deck
If you have untapped space under your deck, you may be able to convert it into a dry, spacious second outdoor living area. One of the major upgrades that would make this necessary is constructing a roof that catches water that drips through the deck boards and redirects it outside of the new patio area. Commercial systems are available to solve this problem, but one of our fearless readers came up with a low-cost DIY system using corrugated fiberglass panels. Adding gutters, though optional, prevents the draining water from splashing onto the patio. We've broken down all the steps you need to know–check them out here.