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Water Management Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted by Ron on Apr 8, 2015 4:45:52 PM

From before recorded history, water management has been a big part of human endeavor. The ancient Romans built fantastic aquaducts that remain to this day. The invention of irrigation has redefined agriculture, and the damming of rivers has enabled hydro-electric power. Water management in the form of umbrellas and raincoats, and the plumbing in our homes are all forms of water management.Sometimes water management is hiding in plain sight, and this is true of the Trex RainEscape deck drainage system. Using the spaces between joists in a deck to fit troughing and drains, the RainEscape system makes it possible to capture water passing through the planking of a deck, and to divert it from falling on the area beneath. The whole setup can be concealed in a ceiling, making it invisible. Now, the area beneath the deck is waterproofed against the elements, and can be used to create added value through the increased usefulness of the under-deck space.

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Trex has realized a solution to a problem everyone knew existed: the space under a second-floor deck is not as useful as it could be. While it would be great to install lighting, create an indoor-outdoor kitchen, or make a dining or living space beneath a deck, water leaking from above can make these uses impossible.

And it's worse when you're using the space beneath your deck when the skies open and the rain starts. Just when you want cover from the rain, you instead find yourself grabbing anything you want to keep dry and rushing it indoors.

Trex RainEscape provides an easy-to-install water capture and redirection system that directs water away from your desk and into your water collection piping. The system consists of troughs that fit between the joists of your deck and lead to downspouts connecting to your drains. The full system includes troughs, flashings, and downspouts, all made of robust polyethelyene with ultraviolet inhibitors.

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Installation can be done yourself, on either decks under construction or under existing decks. Simple tools -- scissors, utility knife, staple gun, and caulking gun -- are all that are needed. Trex includes full instructions and a set of step-by-step videos online.

Installation for a new deck is done once the framing and joists are installed. Installation for an existing deck requires removing the decking planks to enable ready access to the joists from above, then installing the troughing and downspouts, and preparing for installing flashing later. Seams are caulked and taped. Then the planking is replaced and flashing and post caps installed.

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Maintenance of a RainEscape setup is essentially non-existent. The majority of the Trex RainEscape system lies beneath the decking and so is protected from the elements, ensuring long life. If installed and maintained according to directions, the RainEscape system is guaranteed against leakage for twenty years. In fact, a RainEscape installation can also increase the life of your deck, by protecting joists from moisture.

Cleaning is also negiligible: in most cases water passing through the system flushes away any small debris that passes through the deck planking. Snow sitting on the deck will also melt and drain out of the RainEscape system.

Finally, Trex RainEscape is economical, costing less than the nearest competitors. Look at the Trex RainEscape system and other parts of the Trex product line at The Deck Store today to expand your outdoor living space.

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Topics: deck materials, RainEscape, Trex, deck drainage system

Dry Space: Combining Primal Needs with Modern Technology

Posted by admin on Oct 2, 2013 10:34:49 AM

Few things in life are as enjoyable as a pair of warm, dry clothes. Whether you’ve just gotten in out of a rain storm, are stepping out of the shower or are coming in from an exhaustive time spent shoveling snow from your driveway, a fresh pair of clothes straight from the dryer are like instant comfort. These garments wrap you with a sense of safety and security, and provide you with a level of contentment akin only to the completion of the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle (imagine how accomplished you would feel after that!). In fact, the combination of these core feelings (warmth, comfort, safety and security) are as much a part of our DNA as our body shape and eye color. If you put them all together, they formed the essentials of survival for cavemen (and cavewomen), and are the basic formula in caring for a baby (well…them and milk obviously). With this primal and fundamental need in mind, it was of course only a matter of time before the corporate world recognized what prehistoric man had discovered centuries ago: these things are not just convenient to have, but are also very valuable. The idea of warmth, comfort, safety and security are a pretty attractive package to the man who has none of the above.

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Topics: timbertech dryspace, Decks, deck drainage system, timbertech’s dry space, under deck drainage system, TimberTech, Dry Space

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