How to Build a Crawl Space Cover
The least expensive material to use when building a crawl space cover is plywood, this can be easily purchased at home improvement stores.
You will need to determine if you can build a flat cover or if the cover needs to be built on a slope. It is important that the cover fully enclose the area well and crawl space door. If your crawl space door is above the area well a sloped style cover will work best.
You will also need to secure this cover or build it using thick enough plywood that it will stay in place during storms.
The drawbacks to building a crawl space cover using plywood are:
1. Lifespan: you will need to replace often, plywood rots & warps, but for a short term solution plywood does work.
2. Weight: Wood covers are heavy to lift off and homes that require a sloped design, this style of cover is very heavy to remove when needing to access the crawl space.
3. Construction time: Someone experienced in building projects will have less difficulty than most and the tools required to complete the project efficiently.
The most common crawl space cover we remove and replace at
Custom Covers Inc. with a permanent solution is a crawl space cover built using wood.
So before you tackle this project using wood consider letting a professional construct your cover using higher grade materials that do not deteriorate, are lightweight, and are easily installed using minimal tools.