There are numerous options available when putting a rooftop on a deck structure. Depending on location, the deck is made more usable in a number of weather situations and becomes a much cooler place to relax on a hot, sunny day. Options range from expensive to fairly affordable, all depending upon the design of the roof.
The design of a flat roof is the cheapest method in deck roof building. This is especially common if the desire is to connect an existing roof from a home to a new roof over a deck. The design is horizontal and usually coated with tar and gravel-based material that keeps water from leaking through the wood. Flat roofs, however, pose a leaking threat when heavy rains fall or snow sits on the roof for an extended period of time.
One of the more unique options to deck roofing is the green roof. It acts as a living habitat for numerous plants and flora and survives through rainwater. The design has grown in popularity because it acts as an environmentally-friendly alternative to many conventional roofs. The roof serves two purposes by providing shelter and growing vegetation and flowers. Still, green roofs are far more complex and elaborate than other roof systems.
The most common approach is the triangular-shaped design, also known as the gable, or pitched, style. The design has a slight slope that allows water to flow off the edge. Many gable roofs also have a gutter system to drain heavy water flow from the house roofing that collects at the end of the slope. This design is popular because it blends in well with the home's existing roofing.
A retractable awning acts as a temporary roof when a deck is in use. The awning attaches to the side of the house via mounting brackets. Metal poles attached to the deck railing act as additional support for the awning. A crankshaft on each side of the structure allows for easy up or down movement. They can be purchased pre-made or built at home.
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