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Designing a Roof Deck? 5 Things to Consider.

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Imagine yourself lifted high above the city, bathed in the warm glow of sunset, the cityscape glittering beneath your feet. This isn't a scene from a movie; it's the everyday reality for the happy owners and users of a roof deck. These rooftop havens are increasingly gracing the tops of homes and buildings, transforming forgotten spaces into vibrant outdoor living areas.

Rooftop decks extend your living space, blur the lines between inside and out, and offer unparalleled views. Whether you dream of an urban oasis for cocktails and stargazing or a lush rooftop garden, creating a functional and stunning roof deck requires careful planning and attention to detail.

#1 Creating a Level Roof Deck

One of the biggest challenges in transforming a roof into a usable space is uneven surfaces. This is where adjustable pedestal systems come in. These clever systems, like Bison Innovative's pedestals, are ingenious leveling systems for your deck. They elevate, align, and stabilize pavers and decking, creating a perfectly flat surface even on sloped roofs. But even on flat roofs, pedestals offer crucial benefits: they allow for drainage beneath the deck, preventing waterlogging, and provide space for running cables and wires.

#2 Structural Considerations for Your Rooftop Deck

Before you break ground (or rather, roof), remember - your roof deck will add weight to your building. Consulting with a structural engineer is crucial to ensure your roof can handle the additional load. They'll assess the load-bearing capacity and advise on necessary reinforcements. Don't forget that respecting the limitations of your roof decking is vital. Overburdening it can lead to costly and dangerous consequences.

Building code compliance is equally important. Research your local regulations regarding roof decks, including wind uplift and fire resistance requirements. Choose materials and systems that meet these codes, and don't forget to obtain the necessary permits before construction begins.

#3 Access and Safety

Your roof deck is an oasis, and reaching it should be anything but treacherous. Choose a safe and convenient access point, be it a sturdy staircase or a well-built ladder. Ensure they comply with all safety standards and consider incorporating handrails for added security. Finally, don't forget the railing for your deck itself. Safety first, stunning views second!

#4 Roof Decking Material Selection

The options for decking materials are as diverse as the views your roof deck will offer. Wood, ceramics, composite materials – each has its pros and cons in terms of durability, maintenance, and aesthetics. Choose wisely based on your local climate, budget, and desired look.

For a natural and timeless look, consider wood decking. Opt for pressure-treated or naturally rot-resistant species like cedar or redwood for optimal longevity. They'll add warmth and a touch of rustic charm to your rooftop retreat.

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For a sleek and modern aesthetic, explore composite decking. This low-maintenance option offers durability and a variety of color and texture options. Plus, its resistance to fading and staining makes it ideal for sun-drenched roof decks.

#5 Aesthetics and Functionality 

Your roof deck should be an extension of your home, seamlessly blending with the overall architecture. Choose decking materials and furnishings that complement your style. Complement your decking with stylish and functional site furnishings from Bison Innovative. From sleek planters to comfortable loungers, we’ll help you transform your roof deck into an outdoor haven. 

Incorporate greenery with planters and raised garden beds to create a biophilic sanctuary. Don't forget about the practicalities: strategically placed lighting will extend your enjoyment into the evening hours, while shade sails or pergolas can offer respite from the summer sun


Building a roof deck is an investment in your well-being and property value. But it doesn't have to be a daunting task. By collaborating with experienced professionals, like architects, engineers, and Bison experts, you can transform your vision into a breathtaking reality. So, unleash your creativity, embrace the possibilities, and get ready to elevate your living space to new heights with your dream roof deck.

Remember: Whether you're planning a cozy balcony or an expansive rooftop oasis, Bison has the products and expertise to help you every step of the way. Contact our team to begin crafting your perfect roof deck story.


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