Under Deck Systems
Protect your deck from the elements with an under cover system. With our Undercover System, you’ll increase your home’s value and extend your living space. You’ll watch the snow or rain fall while protecting yourself and your deck, all while under a clean and professional aesthetic. US Custom Creations installs under cover systems for customers throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
What Is An UnderCover System?
Undercover Systems is a modular designed roof system for the underside of decks that is custom manufactured to your deck configuration. This roof/ceiling system consists of individual ceiling panels and integrated guttering that both collect water from the system and also are the support members for the ceiling.
From Louisville, Kentucky to Cincinnati, Ohio and surrounding cities, US Custom Creations has the only patented engineered under deck ceiling that is a structural ceiling. What that means is our ceiling attaches to the support posts of the deck and to your home and DOES NOT ATTACH TO THE JOIST OF THE DECK. This assures that this product will not cause any harm to the deck above.
Benefits of an Under Deck Roof System
If you’re building a new house, an under deck roof system protects your space from the beginning. And if you live in an existing house, an under deck system transforms your space. Here’s what an under deck roof system does for you:
- ZDraws water and debris away from your porch with the gutter system
- ZImproves the aesthetic with your choice of colors and finishes
- ZAllows you to install appliances like lights and ceiling fans
- ZPreserves the quality of stone flooring
- ZProvides a dry outdoor space that you can enjoy any time of the year
- ZMakes your deck easier to clean and maintain
- ZIncreases your home’s resell value
- ZAllows you to choose and enjoy nicer patio furniture
- ZProvides a safer environment for family, friends and pets
WHAT IS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE FOR YOUR SYSTEM, AND HOW IS IT BEING USED?
Most homeowners choose to install an Undercover Systems to fully utilize their outdoor home space year round. Our system keeps all water and debris from falling through your deck onto your outdoor décor, hot tubs, etc. The high-quality finish provides a dry and very comfortable area for dining, entertaining, play areas for kids and grandkids, and overall outdoor enjoyment of your home rain or shine while maximizing your livable home space. This is also beneficial for the value of your home should you ever need to sell it. Our system dramatically improves the exterior views of your home. Some homeowners elect to completely close-in the space underneath their deck once the waterproof finished ceiling is installed.
CAN YOUR UNDER-THE-DECK ROOF SYSTEM BE INSTALLED ON EXISTING DECKS?
Yes, our roof system is easily installed on virtually any existing OR new deck. Since product installation takes place entirely underneath the existing deck, no deck boards or any existing deck structure needs to be changed.
WHAT COLORS DO YOU HAVE?
We offer white, tan, bronze, gray. All of our colors are low gloss Polyester finishes.
WHAT ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY? CAN THE CLEARSPAN SYSTEM CEILING BE REMOVED?
Ceiling can be disassembled and removed if required. This is an important feature so that decks can be repaired or changed structurally and reinstalled without any loss of material. We have seen other products that have to be removed and scrapped because they cannot be reinstalled. *Note: Other systems install on the joists of the deck with screws or nails, which renders them worthless if they have to be removed.
HOW IS THE UNDERCOVER SYSTEM SEALED AND FRAMED?
Panels are self sealing. Mitered joints and downspout connections are sealed with urethane caulk. The Gutter/support system is sealed to the structure with polyurethane caulk.
All wood installed is Pressure Treated. Wood is installed with ACQ and MCQ approved, galvanized fasteners.
WHAT DOES THE SUBSTRATE AND COATING CONSIST OF?
22 gauge, G-90 Galvanized Steel,
Dura Coat Thermally catalyzed polyester paint system.
WHAT KIND OF SLOPING AM I TO EXPECT AND HOW ARE DOWNSPOUTS HANDLED?
1/8” per 12” with a minimum of 2” slope from back to front.
Determined per job, based on square footage and potential for debris entering system.
CAN YOUR CEILING BE CLEANED AND WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DEBRIS?
Our ceiling and gutter system is extremely low maintenance while still very accessible to the homeowner. Due to our Clearspan design, most debris will collect in the front gutter and wash out of the downspouts. If you see or think there is a clog, the first notice of this will be debris in the gutter opening to the downspout. Simply push up the panel over the downspout and check the opening. If it is clear, lower the panel and check again in a few months. If the opening is clogged, clear the debris from each downspout opening and place a garden hose in the center of the gutter to flush any remaining debris. Also, you can contact our team directly and we will have a Certified Installer come to your home and inspect your system.
HOW DOES YOUR SYSTEM DIFFER FROM OTHERS?
Our system attaches to the support posts of the deck and to your home. It DOES NOT ATTACH TO THE JOISTS OF THE DECK. Integrated in our Clearspan design is a clear airspace between the bottom of your deck and the top of the ceiling across the entire system. We maintain a void between 4 to 7 inches from the bottom of the joists to the top of our system, which allows air to circulate and dry out the entire area. We do not attach to the joists of the deck because this void then would not be possible.
Other companies may attach metal, plastic, or other material that catches water and debris to wood (even if the wood is pressure treated) that will eventually cause dry rot and premature aging.
Special Note: ACQ & MCQ PRESSURE TREATED WOOD AND COMPATABILITY WITH ALUMINUM. Over the last few years there has been a proliferation of companies getting into the Underdeck business. Many are choosing to install pre-painted Aluminum which is readily available from Gutter Supply Houses and gives those companies a ready source for material. Prior to December 31, 2004, the use of Aluminum in an Underdeck Ceiling was acceptable; however, after that date, the Federal Government mandated that Pressure Treated Lumber no longer be treated with Arsenic as the preservative and instead Copper was to be used as the preservative agent. Those changes were made effective January 1, 2005 and all lumber was replaced at that time. The new specification for Pressure Treated is ACQ which stands for Alkaline Copper Quaternary. This new treatment is much safer for workers and others that may come into contact with Pressure Treated Wood. Unfortunately, there was a downside to the change. Most metals with the exception of Hot Dipped Galvanized, Stainless Steel and Copper will be destroyed when they come into contact with ACQ wood. All fasteners had to be changed as well as any other metal products that are used with ACQ treated wood. We believe that it is not a question of whether Aluminum will be undermined by ACQ treated wood, but rather when it will happen.
WHAT IS YOUR WARRANTY?
We will cover your Undercover Systems against leaks and paint failure for as long as you own your home. See Warranty webpage for specifics. The Undercover Systems roof is beautiful, strong and unique. No other under deck roof system is like it. We patented the system to prevent imitations. Our materials and processes are superior. Our installers receive extensive training and are employees, not sub-contractors. Our warranty guarantees you years of satisfaction while you own your home. Should you sell your home, this warranty can be passed along to the new homeowner upon complete system inspection by our Certified Installers.
CAN I INSTALL THE CEILINGS MYSELF?
No – US Custom Creations warranties the product for life, and therefore must have our certified installers perform the installation. The value of the product is really in the product itself. Our installers complete a rigorous training procedure and are certified prior to being allowed to install our Clearspan System. All of our installers are employees of Undercover Systems. We do not use Sub-contractors.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO INSTALL AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Length of time and price is based on total area to be covered and complexity of job. Estimate for job completion as well as cost breakdown will be determined during an onsite visit by our Undercover Systems Certified Installer.