Spring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about some home improvements! Since you’ll likely be spending more time outside in the warmer months, why not consider some deck improvements? Specifically, adding a roof to your deck is a great way to revamp your outdoor living space. Keep reading to learn more about roofed decks and why you should be thinking about building a roof deck addition!
Benefits of Roofed Decks
Building a roof over your deck creates a whole array of possibilities for ways to use your deck. Here are some of the most appealing benefits of roofed decks.
Protection From the Elements
The most common reason why homeowners build roofs over their decks is for protection from the rain and sun. Building a roof deck addition will give you the opportunity to sit outside no matter the weather. Enjoy watching summer storms under the safety of your deck, or escape the sun on the hottest of days. Either way, adding a roof allows you to spend even more time on your deck with your family and friends throughout the year.
Year-Round Barbecue Time
After building a roof over your deck, barbecue season will no longer be limited to the days when the weather is warm and dry. In fact, you’ll be able to fire up the grill just about any time of year, rain or shine (or even snow!).
Increased Curb Appeal and Property Value
Building a roofed deck is a surefire way to add curb appeal to your property, as well as increase the property value. Plus, if you plan on selling your home in the future, a roofed deck may make your property even more appealing to prospective buyers!
Ideal for Entertaining
If you’re someone who does a lot of entertaining, a roofed deck is for you. Your guests will love spending time on your covered deck no matter the weather or time of day. Don’t be surprised if your home quickly becomes the go-to party spot!
Roofed Decks: Considerations and Planning
Before officially deciding to add a roof over your deck, there are some things you should take into consideration. The first thing to think about is whether your existing deck will be able to support the additional weight of a roof or not. All decks are built differently, so some will be able to support a roof while others may not. Your best bet is to consult a professional contractor to evaluate your deck and determine its structural integrity. From there, you’ll be able to decide the best course of action.
Additionally, you’ll want to check with building codes in your area to see if any permits are required for roofed decks. Keep in mind that these building codes vary from place to place.
Roof Over Deck Types
Generally speaking, there are three main designs for roofed decks:
- Shed roof. A shed roof is the simplest option for deck roofing. It consists of a single, sloping surface that extends from the exterior house wall to the support rods. This type of roof works well for long, narrow decks.
- Gable roof. This type of roof is triangular with sloping sides, which allow for drainage of rain or snow. Gable roofs are a popular choice because they don’t require complex roof framing, and they easily blend in with the structure of a home.
- Hip roof. Like gable roofs, hip roofs also have sloping sides, but they tend to slope more gently. These roofs are a bit more difficult to install because they require a more complex support system, but they are very sturdy.
Ultimately, the design you choose for your roofed deck will depend on the type and material of deck you have, its size, and your personal preference.
Ready to Build a Roof Over Your Deck? Contact E&E Contracting Today!
If you want to add a roof to your deck, look no further than E&E General Contracting. Our experts will work with you to help you design the perfect roofed deck.