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Question DetailsAsked on 2/24/2015

roofing in another state- Dothan, Alabama. I want a flat roof that will support a deck and remove interior walls.

I would like to replace a traditional roof with a flat roof supporting a deck.

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Answered 5 years ago by Member Services


You are looking at a MAJOR modification to your home. I get the impression the deck is more important to you than removing interior walls, so proceeding on that basis with comments below.

Bear in mind that by going from a sloped to a flat roof you are inviting a lifetime of more roofing issues - not to mention the risk to household damage if there is a storm during the period that the roof is off and not yet rebuilt and you get leakage or the temporary tarping is torn off.

Going with a deck on a roof, due to the fact it blocks access to the roof, also increases your reroofing and repair cost down the road and increases the chance of roof damage going unnoticed till it is serious, especially if the decking is not built modular so panels can easily be removed for access.

My recommendation - build your deck outside the house - as a wraparound deck, balconies, etc - something like this - google this search phrase for LOTS more ideas - images for wraparound decks


or even build a new adjacent carport or unfinished garage with a low-angle roof with a deck on top which at least gets you additional building square footage for your money (which your roof flattening does not do), and if the roof leaks your potential damage is much less - and that solution might not cost any more than what you are planning. Again, using modular decking construction in panels facilitates removal for repairs.

Also - for resale value - except in city locations where rooftop decks are used because there is no clearance for perimeter decks, rooftop decks are generally not real popular - people prefer to walk out onto the deck, not up on the roof. Some exceptions of course, especially where the added elevation significantly improves the view. OF course, be sure to check local zoning rules regarding adding a deck on the roof and on maximumm allowable building height in your area.

Even if you are committed to a rooftop deck, depending on how much square footage you are looking at, perhaps a dormer deck or a "captains walk" or "widows walk" - would fill the bill, and built out over the existing sloping roof correctly allows roofing inspection and repair in under it and retains the slopes roof. Or built as a cupola at the top center of the roof, replaces the roof at thatlocation without eliminating the sloped roof. Look like this -

or google this search phrase for lots more ideas - images for widows walk

The best place for you to get started on this is to get an Architect on board - you are going to need on (or a structural engineer for structural plans only) to get a building permit and for contractors to bid on and eventually build from.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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