Rooftop decks are a favorite of people with flat roofs. It’s often wasted space. A rooftop deck offers a new way to see the world. A rooftop deck can give you a great view of the entire area. This is a wonderful view. There are many things you need to remember before you start. Do your research first.
Step 1: Is A Rooftop Deck Allowable In Your Area?
Before you start, check if rooftop decks are allowed in your locality. Are there any restrictions on rooftop decks in your area? Is there a homeowner association restriction in your area? Find out. Check with your local building department if you don’t know. The building code officials can provide a wealth of information. They are experts in local building codes and can help you save money over the long term.
Step 2: Can I Build A Deck On My Rooftop?
Is your roof able to support the extra weight? This may be something a building code official can assist you with. Or they may not. They will probably know the minimum loading requirements in your area. To determine the roof’s loading capacity, you may need a master builder/structural engineer. These professionals can assess whether your roof is capable of supporting the additional weight of a deck. Do not build a rafter mounted roof deck without first checking the code.
Step 3: Choose Your Deck Team Wisely
There are many specialties in architecture, engineering, landscape architects, green roof professionals, and master builders. Before you hire your roof deck team, it is a good idea to interview multiple people. Many green roof professionals have all of these resources at their disposal. They will most likely consult an engineer or architect if they don’t have the necessary resources. Ask them about the process. Find out how much experience they have. It is well worth the effort.
Step 4: Plan Your Rooftop Deck Design
Perhaps you already have ideas for how to use your rooftop deck space. Do you plan to plant? A pergola is an overhead element. Are there seating areas? Are you looking for utilities or drains? Expert designers can help you design the perfect space for you. Engaging the services of experienced professionals will save you many years of pain and increase your enjoyment.
Step 5: Select Your Rooftop Deck Framing
There are three basic options: wood framing, adjustable pedestal systems, and sleepers.
Sleepers: These are more affordable up-front but have their pros and cons.
Wood Framing: Traditional wooden deck framing is also an option. These benefits come with a lower upfront cost. However, they could be too heavy to support on your roof. Wood joists can warp, twist, or rot in a low-clearance roof deck.
Aluminum Joists: This high-performance adjustable pedestal system has aluminum joists. It is more expensive upfront. They are also non-combustible and will not rot or warp.
Step 6: Select The Right Decking For Your Rooftop Deck
Rooftop decks can be the most difficult area to build a deck. These decks are low clearance, which can trap moisture below, and they have low ventilation. They are often exposed to the sun throughout the day. It is important to choose the right decking for this environment.