A deck with a roof serves as the best possible outdoor living space. A roof provides shade and keeps your family dry during wet weather. It also can add to the aesthetic appeal of the space. The best time to build a roof over your deck is during the building of the deck itself. Discuss the following issues with your professional handyman during the design process.
Adding a roof to an existing deck can create an unsafe situation. A regular deck can support a certain amount of weight per square foot, but a roofed deck requires significantly more support because of the added weight of the roof. Larger footings - and in the case of certain types of roofs, additional footings - also are required for a roofed deck. If you simply add a roof to a deck not designed to support one, you will be putting your family members and guests at risk. If you want a deck with a roof, build it with proper support, whether you plan to add the roof initially or down the road.
Types of Deck Roofs
Three types of roofs can typically be found over decks and porches: shed, gable, and hip.
A shed roof features a single, sloping surface that starts at the exterior house wall and ends at support posts. It works well for long and narrow decks, but not for deep decks because of the slope required.
A gable roof, the most common, forms a triangular shape, projects along a ridge down the center of the deck and overhangs the enclosed space. This significantly sloped roof allows for proper drainage of rain and snow, as opposed to a flat roof. A gable roof also blends in well with many types of architecture.
A hip roof slopes downward more gently and requires a more complicated support system, but it does prove more aesthetically pleasing with its solid, compact appearance.
Your handyman can help you choose the best type of roof and slope for your home and for the weather found in your area of the country.
You should also discuss the different costs associated with each type of roof with your handyman as it may affect your preference for one over the other. Costs vary by type of roofing material, and the more complicated the roof, the higher the labor cost.
Choose your two favorite roofing types, and then ask your handyman to provide estimates for each, whether as part of the overall deck building estimate or as a separate job later. You also can use one of several roofing cost calculators available online, but at the end of the day, you need to know how much the roof will cost at the time you want to build it and in the area of the country where you live, and your professional handyman proves the best source for that information.
Boosting Appeal and Property Value
If you decide to sell your home later, a roofed deck not only adds to the appeal of the home, but it also can increase property value as it essentially adds to the square footage of living space.
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