What is deck skirting exactly? Deck skirting is a material attached to support post and boards below a deck. It is used on elevated decks to conceal what is between the deck and the ground and as a base.
There are several materials you can use for skirting. For example, you can use brick, faux stone, fencing boards, and lattice.
Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of how each of these materials will look when they are used as deck skirting.
This is the most common form of deck skirting and the easiest to install. Choose either vinyl, aluminum, or wood lattice. Below we’ll explain why we recommend vinyl lattice or aluminum lattice over wood lattice for deck skirting. But, first, let us mention the other options for deck skirting.
Brick Deck Skirting:
The warm, earthy look of brick for your skirting can really complement your home. This option will completely seal off the bottom of the deck.
There are many styles and numerous colors to choose from with faux stone skirting. This option can also completely seal the area beneath the deck.
The fencing boards can be installed vertically and will achieve a custom fit for the uneven contour of the ground. The color option will be limitless with the fencing boards as you can paint or stain them any color you choose.
Reasons to use vinyl lattice skirting
Reasons to use vinyl lattice vs wood lattice for Deck Skirting are as follows:
(1) Durability: unlike wood lattice, vinyl lattice endures and keeps its pleasant appearance throughout the year. In fact, our Durashell vinyl lattice is designed to withstand the growth of ivy and other plant / vegetation known to destroy wood lattice.
(2) Pest control: When thinking of wood after a few years, we might encounter termites, carpenter ants, or wood rot. With vinyl lattice none of these things happen.
(3) Minimal Maintenance: When working with wood lattice, you need to stain, paint, and treat for wood eating insects in order to help your deck skirt last longer. With our Durashell Vinyl Lattice and Decorative 3D vinyl lattice, your investment saves you time and may only require an occasional hose down from the muddy fingerprint one of the kids got on it.
Reasons to use aluminum lattice skirting
Reasons to use aluminum lattice vs wood lattice for Deck Skirting are as follows:
(1) Durability: similiar to vinyl lattice, aluminum endures and keeps its pleasant appearance throughout the year. In fact, while a bit more expensive due to the cost of aluminum, our Aluminum vinyl lattice is designed to withstand the growth of ivy and other plant / vegetation known to destroy wood lattice as well as strong winds and pest that might wish to vacation under your deck.
(2) Pest control: While vinyl lattice can withstand the threat imposed by carpenter ants, termites and other wood-eating insects, it is not strong enough to endure the sharp teeth on claws of certain critters. Aluminum on the other hands would present a greater challenge to raccoons, opossums, skunks, and other non-burrowing critters.
(3) Minimal Maintenance: As with our Durashell Vinyl Lattice and Decorative 3D vinyl lattice, your investment in Aluminum Lattice saves you time and may only require an occasional hose down from dirt or grim.
Now, we want to remind you that there are things to consider when choosing materials, and if you select lattice, why Permalatt recommends using Durashell vinyl lattice, Decorative 3D vinyl lattice, or Aluminum vinyl lattice as your deck skirting.
Other things to consider are ventilation, maintenance, and appearance. You may also need to consider what material will keep small animals from making their home beneath your deck area.
Will you want added storage under your deck? If so don’t forget to add an access door.
We hope the pictures we’ve included will help you see what options you have when planning your deck skirting. Click here to explore more ideas.
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