DrySnap by Amerimax Home Products
Product Review: Learn more about an easy under-deck drainage system.
By: Mark Clement
Drain the Rain
One of the many things I love about raised decks is that they not only create the obvious space above their deck boards, but they also create usable space below.
The challenge, however, can be that the below-deck space only stays dry if you live in the desert. Otherwise rain passes through the deck boards and into the space below, sometimes leaving rain lines in the shadow of the deck board in whatever turf or surface is beneath.
But what if you want to utilize that space? What if you'd like a patio outside a basement door, or storage for bikes, toys or the lawnmower that's taking up too much space in the garage?
Amerimax Home Products' DrySnap looks like a smart and relatively easy-to-install under-deck drainage system that'll keep your gear dry. And it's for use with just-built or existing decks a nice feature.
The system is essentially tongue and groove (T&G) vinyl panels that install on tracks that run perpendicular to the deck joists. Spacers added to each successive course of track deliver the pitch required for water to roll downhill and evacuate water from the system. You can use daylight rainwater straight off the front of the panel or channel it into a gutter and downspout.
However you divert the water, the bottom line is a dry space beneath your deck for you, the kids or even Fido. DrySnap, with its simple components, retro-fit capability and 10-year guarantee, looks like a contractor-friendly solution to max out your deck space.
Mark Clement is a remodeler and author of The Carpenter's Notebook and The Kid's Carpenter's Workbook, Fun Family Projects! Check out his books and current projects at his new website.
Drainage Planes: Preventing Water Damage to Exteriors
Secure cavities, windows and other openings with these tips.
In Winter, Don't Spring a Leak
Learn how to weatherproof your home from ice and snow damage.
Weatherization: The Return on Your Investment
Weigh financial costs, incentives and lifestyle benefits when making a remodeling decision.
Outdoor Spaces at HGTV Dream Home 2015
Designed to take advantage of the Martha's Vineyard location, this landscape is a mix of evergreens and flowering plants.
Outdoor Living Spaces: Ideas for Outdoor Rooms
Learn about options and ideas for outdoor rooms and outdoor living spaces.
Create a Stylish Outdoor Space on a Budget
Refresh worn or outdated outdoor furniture, grills, planters and even accessories with a fresh coat of paint.
Make Your Home Winter Ready
Follow these steps to prep your house for cold winter weather.
How to Plan for Building a Deck
Get ready for your deck project with these helpful tips on how to plan the building process.
5 Ways to Provide Built-In Hurricane Protection
Learn how to protect your home in harsh weather with upgrades and retrofit solutions.
How to Replace Wood On a Deck
Repair a damaged section of your deck with these step-by-step instructions.
Photo Friday: Cooking and Dining in the Great Outdoors
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Aug 28, 2015 by Beth Rucker
This or That: Pick Your Favorite Vintage Find From Fixer Upper
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Aug 27, 2015 by Farima Alavi
6 Essentials for the Perfect Tailgate Party + Win the 1 Thing You Really Need
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Aug 25, 2015 by Farima Alavi
Discover the Winning Hue in Our Color Vs. Color Competition!
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Aug 24, 2015 by Kayla Kitts
Copy This Room: Get Beach Flip Style in Your Living Room
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Aug 24, 2015 by Shannon Petrie
4 Ways to Personalize Your Dorm Desk + College Goodie Giveaway!
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Aug 21, 2015 by Farima Alavi
The Easiest (and Cutest!) DIY Dorm Roommate Mugs Ever
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Aug 20, 2015 by Marianne Canada