3 Improvements For Your Rooftop Deck

If you want to have more useable space for your home, sometimes the only option you have is to go up. Second-story renovations and additions are becoming more common. Building rooftop green space and outdoor areas is another option that you may want to consider if your property does not have enough physical space. This can be things like rooftop decks, which you want to make sure do not leak. Here are some tips to help ensure your rooftop space is leak free for years to come:

1. Having The Roofer Create Diversions For Water Runoff

The less water that reaches your deck area, the better. It is important to have systems in place that divert runoff away from these areas. You can have a roofing contractor help with adding these features to your roof to reduce the potential for leaks. In addition, it is also important for the finished areas to have an inclination to allow water to drain, which is something a roofing contractor will be able to help you with.

2. Prime Materials With A Latex Sealant Before Installing Membranes, Liners, And Flashing

When you have a deck area installed, there may be raw wood materials that the roofing membrane is installed on. Before any other work is done, you can paint these materials with a latex sealant to help ensure that they are protected from water if there is ever a leak. You may also want to seal all the cracks with silicone caulking before doing this to help ensure the area is well sealed and protected from water.

3. Using More Layers Of Rubber Waterproofing Membranes And Flashings

When you have a finished area on your roof, the system to keep your home dry is probably a system of layered rubber membrane. Adding more layers of this material can help to protect your home. You may also want to consider a coat of spray from to insulate the area. In addition, make sure that any penetrations like railing posts are sealed well around the base, as well as have more than one layer of flashing to protect them.

Building rooftop space can be a great way to add usable space to your home when your property is running out of room.  If you are ready to start building on your rooftop, contact a roofing contractor to help with making the addition to your home watertight and with other improvements and repairs to your roof.