Although many people prefer the reliability and long-term value provided by sloped roofs, homeowners today seem to be exploring their flat roof options more and more. Although sloped roofs are generally easier to maintain and provide more reliable insulation, flat roofs are advantageous in their own ways; they just require more thoughtful construction and maintenance.
Flat roofs are incredibly versatile, and many homeowners choose to transform their flat roof sections into roof decks. Depending on the home’s location and climate, a roof deck can be a fantastic addition to a home, adding utility and increasing property value. If you’re considering building a roof deck, there are a few things to keep in mind to protect your investment.
Before installing a roof deck, you must be certain the roof is stable and weatherproofed. The roof must be able to support 55 pounds per square foot at a minimum. Since most roof decks are “floating” structures that sit on top of flat roofs, it’s crucial to weatherproof the roof below the deck to prevent water from seeping into the home.
You’ll need to install a waterproof rubber membrane over the surface where you intend to build the deck. Then, install “sleepers,” or 2×6 sections, to support the decking panels. Remember ? the panels of your deck should be easy to remove so you can perform maintenance on the rubber waterproofing membrane. If you cannot reach the membrane, you risk allowing it to deteriorate. Over time, this will become an expensive problem.
Designing Your Roof Deck
Hire a reputable builder to handle the design of your roof deck. Many contractors who offer deck building may only provide a few configurations that you can adjust as necessary while others may create something entirely new and unique for your home. Before agreeing to any work, make sure the contractor you’ve chosen has the necessary licenses and certifications, and ask to see samples of their past projects.
When you work with Mr. Roof for your roof deck project, you can rest assured knowing our team members have the training and experience to ensure your deck doesn’t harm the roof below or the rest of your home. We stand by the quality of our work and our building materials with a lifetime warranty.
Design choices are virtually limitless when it comes to building your roof deck. Choosing sustainably sourced wood and decking is a great option for the environment, and most eco-friendly building materials hold up incredibly well against wear and moisture. Check to ensure the design you’ve selected and the materials your builder recommends work for your area. Some materials are more susceptible to water damage and warping than others in some climates, so heed your contractor’s advice.
Despite all the advantages of constructing a roof deck, it’s crucial to acknowledge the potential problems one might cause. Poor design choices could render the deck unstable or unusable after a time. Subpar building materials could leave the deck susceptible to rot and water damage. If the deck isn’t built with access to the waterproofing membrane below the deck, the home can suffer significant water and structural damage. Although these are very valid concerns for anyone considering a roof deck, working with the right contractor can make a tremendous difference in the outcome.
Mr. Roof provides flat roof installation and repair services backed by our commitment to customer satisfaction. Virtually every project we take is complete within 24 hours, even full roof replacement projects. The materials we use are of the highest quality and backed by a lifetime warranty. We also offer financing options so you can build your roof deck without breaking the bank. No other roofing contractor can promise the same, so we’re certain you’ll enjoy the work we do more than any other contractor.
Roof decks are fantastic additions to many homes, but they require careful design, thoughtful preparation, and professional construction. Don’t trust your roof deck project to just anyone. Instead of risking your time and money on a lackluster result, call Mr. Roof for a roof deck that will delight you and your family for years to come.