Asked on Oct 31, 2017

How can I fix these gaps.

JohnharpJoye R. FosterLorraine mobiglia
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With out redoing the whole porch. How can I fix the spaces between the boards so the water doesn't fall through. Or what can I put under it to keep it dry under there ?
Spaces are too big.
13 answers
  • Those gaps are necessary so the snow doesn't melt and puddle and rot the wood faster.
  • Fiddledd224
    Fiddledd224
    on Oct 31, 2017

    Can you staple clear plastic directly underneath?
  • Joye R. Foster
    Joye R. Foster
    on Oct 31, 2017

    We had a similar problem and we installed a French drain.
  • Johnavallance82
    Johnavallance82
    on Oct 31, 2017

    Put in a Wooden or Plastic Beading and seal it with Bathroom sealant.
  • Tom
    Tom
    on Oct 31, 2017

    You can get inexpensive, corrugated fiberglass roofing panels and install underneath the decking to drain the water to the outer end of the deck. Be sure to have a slight angle so water drains away from the house. Doesn't look bad and as a property inspector, I've seen many decks with this done.
    • Julie
      Julie
      on Nov 1, 2017

      How do I install that ? Would you happen to have pictures so I know exactly what I'm looking for....
  • 2dogal
    2dogal
    on Oct 31, 2017

    The porch is made with spaces between the boards so the water will flow between the boards. Standing water on the boards will make them rot quicker. Make sure the ground below the porch is sloped away from the foundation of your house.
    • Tom
      Tom
      on Nov 1, 2017

      HA! Yep, those boards shrink, that's normal. When I install the deck boards, I space them as close as possible, (1/8"), to allow for the shrinkage.
  • Tom
    Tom
    on Nov 1, 2017

    If you were close to me, I'd do it for you. But, since that's not the case..........basically you'd nail (galvanized) it up to the joists every 6-8 inches. Overlap 2-3 waves and continue. Also, where ever you buy it, they can give you some guidance too. Farm stores, HD, Lowes, etc.
    I don't have any pics, sorry.
  • Tom
    Tom
    on Nov 1, 2017

    Well, here's a pic , galvanized steel might be cheaper. This is from Home Depot site.
    • Julie
      Julie
      on Nov 1, 2017

      Your the best. Do I bend the steel ? or what..... LOL hell just move her and do it for me... ha ha ha thanks again. So helpful.
  • 2dogal
    2dogal
    on Nov 1, 2017

    With all the things that are important to take care of a house, this is really pretty minor. The spaces certainly are not hurting anything. The most important part of this whole thing that is worrisome, is to make sure the ground under your deck slopes away from the foundation of your house for water runoff.
  • Tom
    Tom
    on Nov 1, 2017

    LOL.......depending on the measurements, you may not even have to cut any pieces. No these are already corrugated, no bending required.
  • Joye R. Foster
    Joye R. Foster
    on Nov 3, 2017

    Go to this web site:

    This requires effort but the water under your deck will drain away.
  • Johnharp
    Johnharp
    on Nov 4, 2017

    YES
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