Rooftop decks can enhance the quality of life in a private residence and multi-family building as well as in a commercial or mixed-use building. Rooftop decks provide a space to experience the outdoors with views of the surrounding area and skyline. They are versatile spaces and can be used for relaxation, entertainment, and as a way to escape the rush of the city below.
These spaces can also serve additional purposes like helping to reduce the heat island effect typically present in larger cities by using cool materials and installing rooftop gardens and greenery. Rooftop decks and gardens can also help to manage water runoff or provide a space for rainwater collection systems.
The cost to build a rooftop deck is highly dependent on the size of the project, the materials you choose, labor costs, amenities, insurance, and regional needs and variations.
Steps and Costs of a Rooftop Deck
Design and Planning
Hiring a professional to design and plan your rooftop deck can help you achieve the results you're looking for, and it’s important to factor in the design and planning costs when estimating the total cost of a rooftop deck.
You may also need to hire a structural engineer to access the structural integrity of the building and discuss the available possibilities for a rooftop deck. Home Advisor recommends dedicating 5-15% of the total project cost for hiring a structural engineer.
Composite pavers range in price from $11.00 to $14.00 per sq ft. Aspire Composite Pavers with Grid are available in 16” x 16” squares and cost $25.95.
After materials, the size of the rooftop deck is one of the biggest factors in the cost to build a rooftop deck. Home Advisor estimates that the average cost to build a 300 sq. ft. rooftop deck is $11,250, with the low being $7,500 and the high being $15,000.
Larger decks will likely cost more, depending on the materials you choose. Based on these cost estimates, a 1,000 sq. ft. deck would cost between $24,975 and $49,950.
The cost of labor to install the rooftop deck will have a large impact on the final rooftop deck cost. The final labor cost is also highly dependent on the complexities of the project as well as the installation system. More complex pedestal system installations may cost more than other systems.
Amenities will also factor into the final cost to build a rooftop deck. A simple rooftop deck with a seating area and a few planters will likely cost less than one that includes a BBQ area or outdoor kitchen. Outdoor entertainment systems, a fire pit or fireplace, outdoor lighting, and gardens will all add to the cost of the final project.
A deck is an improvement that expands the amount of livable space in the home or building, so be sure to check with your insurance agent to see how much value it will add to your home or building and how it will affect your insurance premiums.
Regional Needs and Variations
Certain costs will vary from region to region, including labor and insurance costs. Installation costs can vary based on the complexities of installation given the area’s climate concerns and any building code requirements that differ from a standard installation. For instance, in areas that see heavy snow loads, additional support may be necessary. In areas with high winds or hurricanes, additional measures may need to be taken to ensure that the rooftop deck can stand up to the conditions.
Aspire Pavers Can Help You Save Money without Sacrificing Quality
When it’s time to begin planning your rooftop deck, Aspire Pavers provides an easy installation system and composite pavers that can save you money in the long-run. While composite pavers may cost more than other materials upfront, they offer a number of benefits that can save you time and money while you or your residents enjoy the benefits of a rooftop deck.
Aspire Pavers require virtually no maintenance other than removing debris from the rooftop deck surface.
Our pavers are made from up to 95% post-consumer recycled content, which diverts material from landfills.
They are highly durable and resist stains and scratches.
They are more comfortable to walk on than traditional concrete or brick pavers.
Our patented grid installation system makes installation fast and easy, and our pavers can be installed in less than 40% of the time it takes to install traditional concrete pavers.
Standard household tools can be used to cut Aspire pavers to size.
Lightweight pavers mean that you won’t need as much structural reinforcement as required when installing concrete pavers.
We offer a 10-year limited warranty and a lifetime limited warranty against cracking in residential applications.
Contact the experts at Aspire today to discuss the cost of building a rooftop deck. You can also request a sample box that will allow you to see and feel the difference our pavers can offer your project.