Are you considering Building Rooftop Terrace on your home? You are not the first one to want to have the space where you can reax and enjoy the city views. Rooftop terraces are becoming more popular as city dwellers are investing more into getting that extra alfresco space. Below is a list of questions that can help you decide if this is for you or not. Read on!
1. What are the pros and cons?
Rooftop terraces provides breathtaking views and can be used as a space to entertain. For those that do not have a garden this can be a chance to incorporate greenery into the home. There are very few disadvantages of having a rooftop terrace especially if It’s well constructed and does not have structural problems or waterproofing issues.
2. Can my home accommodate one?
Most houses can accommodate a rooftop terrace and you can incorporate a great rooftop design. Properties that have high parapet or a high gable-end roof form are perfect for rooftop terraces. Apartments are not so easy to work with as they do not provide as much leeway. In Australia, each local council has its own regulations concerning rooftop terraces. You will need to abide by these.
3. What is involved in the build?
It’s common to underestimate the scope of the building alterations that need to be doe for a rooftop terrace to be stable. There will be new structural beams put in place, floor joists for the additional load, removing the old roof and laying some waterproof flooring. With older homes, structural issues are common and you may need an engineer to help you navigate these.
4. Is waterproofing necessary?
Waterproofing is an absolute must to do when you are building a new rooftop terrace. This waterproofing must be properly designed and installed as well. Each project will differ so you need to work with professionals that will customise their approach to your home. You need to have gutters that are adequate so that they can withstand any rainfall that comes. If in doubt, get oversized gutters to cover all your bases.
After the waterproofing is done you will need to decide if you will have tiles or timber on your rooftop terrace. Tiled surfaces are low maintenance but easily get heated and can radiate heat to the rooms below and timber needs regular maintenance. You just need to figure out what would be perfect for you then roll with that.
At Xclusive Built Projects, we specialise in building both residential and commercial. Contact us today and one of our team members will be able to set up a meeting with you. We are eager to hear from you and make your building dreams come to life.