May is national Remodeling Month. If you're looking to get your home ready for the summer months, it's not too late. Many homes have daylight basements or a patio underneath an existing deck. But most homeowners don't take extra steps to finish this area off, leaving some wasted and unused space. Elliot Pike gave us some tips on how to weatherproof this area to make it useful and practical in any season. People often aren't aware of their options to make this space usable. There are several ways you can make this area resistant to rain water coming through the above patio to use for a living area or for storage. The handy homeowner can most likely do install metal roofing product to keep the area relatively dry enough to store a lawnmower or other equipment. ZipUp is a product that completely stops water flow and allows for maximum usage. It meets fireproofing standards, sits almost flush against the existing deck to save headroom, is paintable and mold, mildew and & stain resistant. This product requires professional installation but comes with a 25-year limited warranty. Rain Escape is a product by Trex and is a system of troughs and gutters. This will also help the longevity of the deck by preventing rot and mildew buildup. It's made out of plastic PVC pipe, also preventing rot and mildew on the product itself. The handier homeowner could install this himself, but we recommend calling a professional to ensure the job is done correctly, as installation can get cumbersome. This system would allow for the space to be used a living space, as utilities can be installed in between the layers of the product. To find out more information on any of these products, you can visit the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders Website, birminghambuilder.com to find a specialist in your area.