If your house or the building where you live has a flat roof, then you have the ideal space for a terrace. There are many aspects of building a perfect roof terrace but we have singled out the 7 most important things to consider, so you end up with an oasis high above the city.
Evaluate the existing structure
Since you are going to add extra weight to the rooftop, you need to make sure the existing structure can handle these extra kilograms. This is too much for a layman, so we recommend hiring a professional statistician or an architect to evaluate the structural capabilities of the building or the house. In terms of safety, this is the single most important step, so don’t skip it!
The future of the construction industry is green, as green rooftops and terraces are becoming the new standard. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon and include greenery in the design of the terrace.
There are numerous designs to choose from, as you have the option to plant climbers along the edge of the roof and make the foliage visible from the street below or create a garden space in the middle of the roof.
If the roof is large enough, we recommend the combination of the two. Even you opt-out of a green roof, ensure there are at least flower pots and an odd conifer tree present on the roof for decorative purposes.
Countering strong winds
The taller the structure, the more exposed it is to wind gushes. Naturally, you are not going to sip cocktails on the terrace during a hailstorm but the design needs to be windproof. Unless you want the furniture to fly away, most fixtures should be bolted to the ground for safety reasons. When roofing the roof, choose durable materials.
Roofing the roof
Since a terrace so high up has no natural protection against the sun, you will need to create artificial shade. There are several roofing materials to choose from and they all have positive and negative sides. Reed, for example, isn’t particularly weatherproof, while glass roofs look impressive but present a nightmare in terms of maintenance.
Textile roofs and sun sails are perhaps the best options. The pinnacle of this type of roofing is a retractable wave shade made up of a series of billows. Such a design is attractive and modern, as well as durable, as the roof is not made from a single piece of cloth, giving it structural integrity.
All sorts of barriers
Once you erect a roof for protection from above, it’s time to secure the sides of the roof. The wall on the roof is at the same time a safety barrier, so it needs to be solid and durable, before all. You can opt for a glass fence which is an opulent choice but then you lose on privacy.
Glass barriers are unsuitable for densely populated urban areas that have structures taller than your house or building. The last thing you want is a nosy parker observing you from above. However, if you add some greenery to the glass wall, then you get improved privacy.
Think about the infrastructure in advance
Was a rooftop swimming pool the first thing that came to your mind when you read the title? Of course, it was but even if you had the money to build one, you need to plan well in advance. Namely, the roof needs infrastructural connections such as power, gas, a water line, Wi-Fi, etc. These all need to make their way into the blueprint, since cables, wires, and pipes usually run under the floor.
Considering flooring options
Speaking of the floor, do you have plans to lay ceramic tiles or will you leave the concrete floor as it is? Since a terrace is high up, we recommend choosing an abrasive flooring option (such as quarry tiles) or at least sanding the floor.
This is done to prevent slipping, as losing your footing so high up could end in a catastrophe. Anti-slip strips, like the ones found on the edge of individual stairs, should be placed near the edge of the roof, just in case.
Creating the perfect roof terrace is easy if you plan. Sit down and consider the 7 steps listed above before you start building your perched refuge. Take special notice of the safety steps and be sure to follow through with them.