Adding Value to Your Property: the Roof Deck Option

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You understand that part of the housing trend in America today is to invest in improving your house to increase its value. Projects like applying Utah garage epoxy will increase the value of your home. According to home remodeling experts, improvements such as adding two rooms yield the highest additional resale value. A bathroom addition and a family room add about $103,000 to the cost of a house, from a renovation expense worth almost $139,300. It’s nearly a 74% recovery on investment.

If there’s no space inside for you to make a two-part addition, why not consider adding a roof deck? The estimate is that the recovery on cost is at 85.4%. And whether you will be renting or selling your property in the future, it will be an attraction.

Roof Decks’ Rising Popularity

Property developers report that from California to Utah and Delaware, homes with roof decks attract buyers. In some California neighborhoods, up to 75% of homeowners are opting to have roof decks. They are adding about 14 to 28 square meter roof decks on their homes.

Real estate experts and property watchers attribute the demand, to the desire of people to be outside when high-density areas constrict the availability of open spaces. People want creative ways to experience the outdoors. The roof deck gives that experience to them.

The Build Up Top

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It’s a great way to convert an otherwise wasted space into something that increases the value of your property, while also becoming a conversation piece when you have guests. Here are some of the things you need to take note of when building your roof deck:

  1. Heed the law. Double and triple check if zoning ordinances allow you to build roof decks. You also need to check with your homeowner’s association if their rules allow it. If you’ve found a contractor that you can trust, they will be able to work with you to get all the papers in order. This is your first step.
  2. Your team. You will have architects, designers, and master builders plus a couple more experts. Vet them all properly to determine their level of expertise and if they can harmoniously finish the project together.
  3. Choreography and working space. You won’t be on the ground. Figure out what the choreography will be like to bring up and down the roof materials and equipment. Will you need a small crane to hoist things up? Will everything pass through the internal stairs?
  4. Will the structure hold? You’re going to add a new weight up top. Make sure that the current structure of the house will be able to support the roof deck and the people who are going to be on it. Consult experts, like a structural engineer, to know the load capacity of your house.
  5. The right materials. The choice of materials is perhaps one of the most critical decisions you need to make. Your roof deck will be exposed to heat, wind, water, dust, and other debris. Some experts advise that using modified wood will be the best choice. They can withstand the elements better than the other materials, like PVC or vinyl.

A roof deck is a big project. It can affect your property positively or have a disastrous impact, structurally or aesthetically. Make sure that you pore over this shortlist of ideas before starting your project.

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