Put a Deck on the Roof
Outdoor living is one of the new lifestyle trends in this millennium. As with most of the millennial trends, this one is based on cutting-edge
technology, because when people indulge in outdoor living, it’s the same kind of living they do indoors. We’re not talking tents and campfires,
The new technology involved in the outdoor living trend is based upon the materials used in
building, decorating, and maintaining a deck. The basic building results include decking of all kinds: waterproof, backyard, garden,
pool decking, and roof decking.
Yes, Roof Decking
When there is no “outdoor” to accommodate the desire for outdoor living, some look to the roof. A home in the city, for instance, may have no
yard or a yard too small for a really spectacular deck but have the required flat roof on the house or garage. A deck on the roof can have all of
the qualities of a great backyard deck but with a few special requirements.
First and foremost, a deck covering a roof has to take into consideration the needs of the structure below it. A roof protects that structure
from the elements so the roof decking has to help keep the roof waterproof. Waterproof materials are, of course, basic to all decks, but roof
decking has to consider the roof’s runoff system. Even a flat roof needs a slight incline for rain runoff. The deck can be built along an incline
or on pads to support the roof decking evenly while leaving some drainage to allow rainwater to run through to the roof for
Planning a Roof Deck
The planning of a roof deck must take into account the weight that the roof was built to safely hold . Reinforcement of the structure may be
needed, but lightweight roof decking is a good alternative. That’s part of the technology aspect. Plastic and vinyl materials can mimic the look
of wood, stone, tile or any other substance with a fraction of the weight, while being almost indestructible.
Most lines of roof decking have matching railings, seating, and planters to complete the deck of your dreams. It should also be UV protected
to prevent fading and degrading in the sunlight.
Consult a Contractor for Installation of Your Roof Deck
Besides the roof decking, modern technology offers outdoor fabrics, lighting, bars, grills, tableware, and furniture that rivals the finest
indoor trends. While many outdoor decks are candidates for the do-it-yourself crowd, its more technical nature means a roof decking project would
benefit from a consultation with a contractor.