Think before you build: Roof terraces

Exteriors, General, Roofing

Having a roof terrace is the idea scenario if you live in a city where there’s not much green space. It’s also a good solution if you live in an apartment or flat where there’s a lack of outdoor space. Think before you build: Roof terraces

They can add value to your home which means that more and more homeowners are deciding that they’re a good investment. But how do you build one? What do you need to consider? Here’s what you need to know:

Make sure that it’s feasible to actually build one

First of all, you need to check if you need planning permission. This is a vital step to complete in the process as if major reconstruction work needs carrying out, then it’s highly likely that you will need it. If you have a flat roof then the reconstruction will not be as complex, but if it’s not, then you’ll need to consider how your sloped roof can be adjusted. Either way, it’s best to be sure. You’ll also need to make sure that your property can actually hold the weight of a roof terrace.

Ensure you’ve got your neighbours on board

It might be that your new roof terrace is going to disturb them. They’re not likely to want to be overlooked and they might have concerns that it’ll stop them from receiving as much light into their home. There’s also the issue of noise to consider. Check with them before you start any work. The last thing you want is to cause upset. You might be able to work out a compromise such as panels or screens which could help to keep the space more private.

Think about water drainage

In the UK, the rainy weather is unavoidable. It might be the case that your construction company can incorporate a bit of a slope and pipes into the design of the roof terrace. The last thing you want is for your roof to flood and then consequently cause leaks in your home!

Consider what you want your roof terrace to be

The final design of the roof all depends on what you want to use it for. You might merely want a little sun trap to relax in, or you might want to create an outdoor oasis. Think about any furniture you want up there and make sure that you can actually get it up all of your stairs! If you’re wanting to have lighting up there, then make sure that any wires you have put in are weather proof.

Creating a roof terrace can be hard work but also very rewarding. Have you ever built a roof terrace? Let us know, we’d love to hear about it!

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