Composite Deck Skirting
Composite deck skirting helps connect your deck to your home while serving as a visual barrier to keep out moles, groundhogs, and other burrowing animals. Deck skirting may be made from latticework, wood plankings, brick,
Composite deck skirting helps connect your deck to your home while serving as a visual barrier to keep out moles, groundhogs, and other burrowing animals. Deck skirting may be made from latticework, wood plankings, brick, or metal materials for ultimate functionality.
Metal deck skirting provides an elegant aesthetic while being low maintenance and rustproof, replicating the appearance of classic wood latticework.
Deck skirting encloses the space underneath a raised deck to prevent items like ladders, tools, and outdoor furniture from littering up its beautiful surface and keeping critters away from what could otherwise become an outdoor patio space. Lattice deck skirting adds visual interest while also matching contemporary or traditional architecture seamlessly.
For this elevated porch design, Acurio Latticeworks’ black decorative floral lattice panels and square lattice make beautiful deck skirting that accentuates its composite wood decking and pillars, as well as providing privacy from an open backyard space. Lattice can also work well on lower-level decks.
Vinyl or plastic lattice installation can be accomplished quickly using a cordless drill with a sharp, fine-toothed blade and two-by-fours as stringers. Cut the lattice to its proper height so that its lower edges reach each corner with some clearance from its stringers – an inch or two is recommended at most. Nails should not be used due to hammering which could damage plastic material and warp it; screws may provide greater support during seasonal expansion and contraction cycles of material.
Wood skirting may not be as visually appealing as other options, but it is more affordable and provides good ventilation. Wood also complements stone or brick columns beautifully and fits in well with modern exteriors. Just remember that wood will degrade over time and may need replacing or repainting more frequently than other options.
If you love the look of wood, composite deck boards can make an excellent choice for skirting. Their diverse array of colors and textures complement both contemporary and traditional home architecture perfectly, plus they don’t rot as traditional wood skirting does – not to mention being often less costly and simpler to install than other options for skirting.
When installing composite board skirting, you have the option of installing it vertically rather than horizontally for added height on a raised deck. Latticework between boards also makes a statement and can add both classic and rustic touches.
Brick or faux stone deck skirting can add an elegant finish to the underside of your deck, giving it a complete and professional look. Furthermore, this material provides extra moisture protection as well as safeguards against potential moisture problems that could otherwise cause mold growth underneath it.
Note that any material used should be protected by an effective barrier, such as fencing, to deter moles and other burrowing animals from accessing the space under your deck. Furthermore, use a water management system to ensure any moisture is diverted away from your home and away from damaging effects.
Deck skirting material often dictates its design and appearance, offering homeowners several basic choices to help find something suitable for their backyard paradise.
Lattice skirting is an increasingly popular solution, utilizing wood panels and framing to form an open grid of square openings below a deck that allow air circulation while discouraging rodents from burrowing beneath it. Panels come in an assortment of colors and designs to meet every homeowner’s personal taste and preference.
The brick enclosure of the deck’s underbelly is another option to give it a more finished appearance and protect it from pests such as groundhogs, moles, and squirrels. Furthermore, this lets people store ladders, outdoor furniture, tools, and more under their deck without fear of theft or damage to these items.
Composite deck skirting can add value and charm to any home. As a durable, low-maintenance material that can easily be cleaned, composite skirting provides an attractive barrier between your deck and the ground while protecting it. Plus it’s easier than ever to install! Ideal for any architectural style and suitable as an easy alternative to pressure-treated wooden boards that need staining/refinishing over time; pair it with different railing options for an individualized, cohesive look.
People typically opt for metal deck skirting installations because it looks attractive while being highly functional – allowing access or storage space beneath. Furthermore, metal is very resistant to rust and corrosion damage; however, it may feel cold underfoot in cold temperatures.
Lattice skirting is another cost-effective and straightforward choice for deck skirting, making it the perfect accompaniment to any home design style. Lattice provides ventilation under a deck – vital as improper airflow may lead to moisture damage to wood materials under it and cause decay or rot. Lattice can also be made out of materials like vinyl for greater versatility in any home environment.
For an industrial look, composite boards make great deck skirting material. Their more realistic aesthetic makes them adaptable to fit your aesthetic; you can install them tightly together with small gaps, alternate them with lattice portions, integrate stone or brick supports periodically, or match their colors together so they look like one cohesive structure.
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