Looking To Use Your Flat Roof For A Garden Or Entertainment Area? What To Do First

16 January 2019
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If you have a flat roof and you are wondering if it would be possible to use it as an entertaining area, or even for a garden, there are a few things that you want to do. You want to first call the roofing contractors to see if this is possible and what it would cost. A call to the city or township where you live to see if this is legal is also important. Here are some of the things as a homeowner you must take into consideration.

Safety and Possibility

First, you want to know if it's possible to do this. The roofing contractors will tell you if the roof is stable to do this, or what type of reinforcements may be needed. There may need to be beams added inside and outside of the home, along with other structural enhancements to ensure that the roof can hold the wait. Also, you have to consider what is safe when you are up there. Could you put some type of railing or brick wall around the edge, or are you going to go with nothing at all?

Local Authority Approval

There may be restrictions for these types of upgrades or changes with houses in the city or township where you live. The roofing contractor may have all the information on this. If they don't, you will have to make the phone calls, and you may need to have the property surveyed or have other evaluations to have the permit to have the roof worked on.

Cost and Improvements

If you are ready to invest in your money into improving the roof so that you can use it for a garden or an entertainment area, you want to know the cost first. Calculate the cost to figure out if you are ready to make that investment, and if you think that you will get the money back when you sell the house. If this is something that you can't live without, the money will be worth it.

You will also have to decide if you want to access the roof from the interior or exterior of the home. This can also affect the cost, and if you need another type of contractor.

If you want to have a seat on your roof and overlook where you live or enjoy a garden that will get plenty of sunlight, you'll need to talk with the flat roofing contractors to find out what can be done. This is a change you can enjoy for the rest of the time you are living in the home. For more information, contact a company like JCB Roofing today for an appointment.