How can I make my deck more rain proof without sacrificing sunlight?


We have a slat roof with vines growing up a privacy lattice but I would like some waterproof coverage for at least a portion of the deck so I can leave furniture out there. Ideally it would be something that we could remove when the heavy snow comes. Any ideas?

q how can i make my deck more rain proof without sacrificing sunlight
  11 answers
  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 25, 2018

    Hi Mary Beth: Beautiful area! You can buy transparent roof panels at Home Depot. Here's the site. Hope it helps:

    Good luck

  • Cor32419347 Cor32419347 on Aug 25, 2018

    At your big box fix it store are colored plastic or corrugated tin sheeting you can get to fix this problem. The workers will tell you what you need to do the project. Some even have worksheets or you can google it on utube. 😊

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Aug 26, 2018

    Translucent Fiberglass corrugated panels can be found at big box home improvement stores. Overlap at least 3 groves so they don't leak during a rain. You can also get polycarbonate panels but they are much more expensive.

  • Kate Jones Kate Jones on Aug 26, 2018

    Clear plasric bags. Tack them up for the season. Take them down in winter. Easy and cheap.

  • KimS KimS on Aug 26, 2018

    I’ve used the corrigated fiberglass or plastic panels over my decks. And last year covered my grill gazebo with the heavier corrigated asphalt panels. Keeps us dry and still allows for light.

  • Roland Ronish Roland Ronish on Aug 26, 2018

    Lowes or Home Depot have clear plastic roof panels. I have them on my workshop that act as skylights. They're great.

  • Mwa25910764 Mwa25910764 on Aug 26, 2018

    I agree with everyone else....the corrugated sheets of clear or opaque plastic is your best option. And it's cheap enough that you can replace any sheet fairly easy and inexpensively. That extends the life of the cover immensely!

  • Dix33431522 Dix33431522 on Aug 26, 2018

    Colored bubble wrap lends a bit of hue to the sun light and lasts better than you think it would.

  • Pat Pat on Aug 26, 2018

    I want to do this over our deck also but we get a lot of snow in the winter and I am afraid it will weigh down the deck. Would be a lot of trouble for us to take the panels down so just have to live with not a lot of shade. Your patio is so pretty.

    • Mary Beth Amiri Mary Beth Amiri on Aug 26, 2018

      Thanks! We also live in a snowy area so would have to check on the slope recommended but the video in the first answer was pretty good on showing how it could be done. I'd like to take it off in the winter too but I am afraid the pieces would get broken in storage.

  • Julie Julie on Aug 26, 2018

    Hi try using clear perspect roofing.easy to install light weight.

  • Thelma Thelma on Aug 27, 2018

    Hi, We built a large horse barn 30 yrs ago, used the clear roofing sheets above the individual stalls in the barn so the horses would have lots of light but it would also keep the hot sun - we have up to 108 degree days in the summer - off them. Our winters get as low as -26 degrees F and some winters we have lots of snow, up to 4ft, some winters hardly any snow. None of the roofing panels have ever caved in, leaked, or had to be replaced! Hope this helps!

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