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MOSAIC Group and Southeastern Underdeck Systems are members of HIP Outdoors, a group of like-minded companies that collaborate on projects within the outdoor building and home improvement industry.
Q: What is an underdeck system?
Heath Bowman: It is a ceiling system that goes underneath an elevated deck to keep the space below it dry, increasing your living or storage space in the process.
Q: How much clearance do you need to install one?
Bowman: You want a minimum eight-foot clearance for an entertainment space that includes a fan, can lighting and speakers. If you're using the space for storage or to keep your lawn mower dry, the clearance could be as little as five feet.
Q: What do underdeck panels look like?
Bowman: They are flat aluminum panels that are available in three different textures and 27 different colors. The most popular colors are wicker (beige) and musket brown (dark chocolate brown).
Q: How about maintenance?
Bowman: How frequently a system needs to be maintained depends on factors like how many trees you have or how many animals are running around your deck. Simply pull out a panel every three to five years to see if your system needs to be washed down. You don't need to dismantle the whole thing.
Q: How much should I expect to pay for an underdeck system?
Bowman: If you don't want can lights, a fan or speakers, you should budget around $11-$12 per square foot of coverage. If you want to dress it up with a lot of options, you'll probably pay $13-$16 per square foot. Installing a simple rectangular deck usually takes one or two days.