A rooftop deck is an investment in luxury. It creates a getaway from everyday tasks and demands and can be an oasis in a busy world. Building a rooftop deck can also increase property value as well as desirability when it comes time to sell.
Before building a rooftop deck, there are a number of factors to consider that can impact the overall cost of the project. The cost to build a rooftop deck ranges from $7,500-$15,000 with the average cost to build around $11,500 for a 300-square-foot roof deck.
Factors That Can Impact the Overall Rooftop Deck Cost
The size of the project greatly impacts the cost. A larger deck means more materials and more labor, so the rooftop deck cost will increase as the size of the deck increases. For reference, a 300-square-foot deck is about the size of a one-car garage.
The size of the roof and the design of the deck will also impact the size of the rooftop deck, so getting estimates before committing to the project is key to its success. Depending on the budget, the size of the deck can be adjusted to fit not only the space, but also the available budget.
There is a wide range of materials to choose from for a rooftop deck, and the cost of the material will impact the overall cost. Here are some common rooftop decking materials:
Concrete pavers are a traditional deck material, but they are extremely heavy and may require additional structural support in order for the building to hold the deck. This should be included in the cost of the material to get a true understanding of the cost. Concrete pavers are often installed with a pedestal system that increases the dead load on the structure and can be difficult to install.
Porcelain pavers are also heavy and may require additional structural support. They are a beautiful high-end material, and therefore, may cost more than other options. They also typically require a pedestal paver installation system.
Interlocking Composite Pavers
Interlocking composite pavers are highly durable, and they don’t require a pedestal installation system like concrete and porcelain pavers, which can reduce installation time and therefore, labor costs. Aspire interlocking composite pavers are lightweight and easy to install which can help reduce the costs associated with structural support and labor.
Interlocking Wood Deck Tiles
Interlocking wood deck tiles are made from hardwoods like ipe and teak to create a natural look. They are often intended as temporary decking, so they may not last as long as other materials.
Labor costs factor into the overall cost of the project and can vary depending on the contractor or company you hire and the size of the project. To get a true idea of how much labor will impact the rooftop deck cost, it's important to get estimates from a few different companies and compare their cost and services. You can also check out their online reviews to make sure they’re a reliable company to work with.
Permits and Insurance
Adding a rooftop deck to a structure may require permits depending on your city and county. The first step to securing a permit is to determine who oversees the construction permits in your area. Building permits may or may not have a cost associated with them, and if they do, the cost should be factored into the overall project cost.
It’s likely that adding a rooftop deck will impact your insurance premiums, so before you begin the project, you should talk with your insurance agent to see how much it will raise the premiums, and factor that expense in as well.
Residential vs. Commercial
Residential rooftop decks provide a welcome respite for homeowners and create a private space in which to relax or entertain. Commercial rooftop decks largely serve the same purposes but on a larger scale and for a wider range of people. Multifamily buildings can also benefit from rooftop decks as a place for residents to socialize and enjoy the outdoors.
Rooftop decks on commercial buildings such as hotels and office buildings create a desirable amenity for people who are staying or working in the building. Amenity decks can include a wide range of offerings depending on the building, including a pool, bar or restaurant, relaxation spaces, game areas, co-working spaces, and more.
Aspire Pavers Can Achieve Your Rooftop Deck with Modern Materials
Aspire Pavers are a lightweight composite paver option that will beautifully complete the look of your rooftop deck. Aspire Pavers provide many benefits that should be considered when planning a rooftop deck project:
Aspire sustainable pavers are made with up to 95% post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics, and use 95% less energy to manufacture than traditional concrete pavers.
With our patented installation grid, installation is efficient and takes less than half of the time it takes to install traditional pavers.
Our pavers are fade, crack, and stain resistant, so they will stand the test of time and hold up to hours and hours of use.
Aspire Pavers require little to no maintenance over the course of their life other than periodically removing debris from the surface.
We offer up to a 20-year limited warranty and a lifetime limited warranty against cracking in residential applications.
Contact the experts at Aspire today to see how our lightweight pavers will factor into the cost of your rooftop deck project.