Wondering Whether Your New Deck Needs to Include a Roof? What Should You Consider?

Posted on: 18 October 2016

If you've always dreamed of spending evenings and long weekend days relaxing on a wraparound deck and enjoying the privacy and seclusion of your property, you may be ecstatic to finally have this construction project underway. However, if you haven't already made plans for a roof for your deck, you may want to reconsider. In many cases, including a roof with your new addition can help it maintain its value while providing you and your guests with additional comfort. Read on to learn more about the best roofing materials for decks as well as the factors you'll want to consider when deciding whether to leave your new deck open or add a roof that integrates seamlessly with the rest of your home. 

What factors should you consider when deciding whether to install a roof on your deck?

Adding a roof to a deck can often add some digits to the final cost, so the first factor you'll want to consider is your budget. If you're already stretched to the limit by your current deck project, adding a roof right now may not be the best idea. Because complications and changes can crop up at any time, you don't want to commit yourself to a more extensive building project if you're already unsure of your ability to weather any changes in price. Even if you aren't sure you want to write off the idea of a roof for good, waiting until you have the funds saved up and giving yourself time to further evaluate and decide is usually a better option than going into debt or otherwise jumping into the decision without giving it enough forethought.

Another factor you'll want to consider is your lifestyle. Those who plan to use their deck for gatherings (rain or shine) or as an extension of their living space are likely to benefit from the addition of a roof. On the other hand, those who prefer to spend time stargazing or who are worried that the addition of a sloped roof above a wraparound deck will block the flow of light into their home's windows may want to forgo a roof for the time being. 

Finally, you'll want to give some thought to the state of your home's current roof. If it has seen better days, and you've been considering replacement, performing this replacement at the same time you install your deck roof can ensure you'll have a roof with a seamless appearance that should avoid uneven wear. Installing a new deck roof adjacent to an aging house roof can require you to undertake regular maintenance and quick repairs as you try to keep the older sections of your roof from prematurely aging the newer ones.

What roofing materials are best suited for decks? 

In most cases, if you're unable to match your current roofing material perfectly, you'll want to choose something durable and moisture-resistant that won't clash too badly with your existing roof. Often, this means a composite option like rubber roofing tiles rather than asphalt or cedar shingles (which are much harder to match). 

Rubber roofing tiles are made of recycled rubber (from items like older rubber roofing tiles to used tires or even roadway asphalt) that is melted, mixed with a binding agent, and then poured into a mold. These tiles are available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and sizes, making them relatively easy to match to an existing roof pattern. Their rubber base makes them highly water resistant, and many are treated with UV-resistant chemicals during the molding process to render them nearly impervious to the fading and cracking effect of the sun's rays.

For more personalized ideas, consult a professional such as Palmer Roofing.