Uncovered = Unused
Between the humidity and the sun, people here in Georgia just don't use un-covered decks.
So when clients ask us for our advice, we always steer them towards covering their outdoor living space.
We took a hot, un-used tiled deck and turned it into a cool, comfortable hang-out right off the Kitchen and Family Room.
We also waterproofed the deck floor, so now the lower patio is just as nice as the upper porch.