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7 Rooftop Deck Ideas for an Inspiring View

June 20, 2022

After a long day, few things are better than kicking your feet up on your deck and taking in the fresh air, but if you live in an urban setting with limited outdoor space, a traditional deck may not be a viable option. Luckily, there may be another possibility: A rooftop deck. With invigorating vistas and a whimsical sense of escape, a rooftop deck can give you an accessible, relaxing outdoor haven. But where to start? Get rooftop deck ideas — and project planning guidance — for both new rooftop deck builds and remodeling projects, to bring your elevated outdoor oasis to life.

When considering rooftop deck designs, you may be wondering, is it worth it? The good news: It is.

Is a Rooftop Deck Worth It?

Rooftop deck designs offer unique advantages:

An outstanding viewpoint of the area around your home.

Gives you a convenient, accessible outdoor living space for urban homes.

Can add value to your home.

Before you start exploring rooftop deck ideas, there are a couple of important considerations to think through to ensure your project can be completed successfully.

Can I Add a Rooftop Deck to My House?

If you’re planning to add a new deck to your roof, you’ll need to first find out if you even can build a rooftop deck on your home at all. A couple of questions you’ll need to answer include:

What Are Local Building Codes & HOA Restrictions?

Check local building codes and any Homeowners’ Association (HOA) restrictions to ensure you can build a rooftop deck on your home.

Can My Building Support a Rooftop Deck?

Rooftop decks are heavy structures and will require proper drainage and ventilation beneath the boards. Your home or building’s roof will need to be able to support the weight of the structure and provide adequate drainage and ventilation.

A rooftop deck is a serious undertaking and will require specific construction to ensure the structure is built to code and to the specifications of your decking material of choice.

Because of the complexity of such a build, we highly recommend working with a contractor who can lend their expertise to complete a successful build.

Get answers to the above questions and plan a successful rooftop deck build with a TimberTech-registered contractor.

Now that you have a better idea of the considerations you’ll need to think through, you’re ready to dive into rooftop deck ideas to inspire your own project.

7 Rooftop Deck Ideas to Elevate Your Space

These rooftop deck designs will give you the inspiration you need to create a unique outdoor space for yourself and your family. As you explore these rooftop deck ideas — ranging from deck board color considerations to larger scale structural additions — make sure to keep your budget and the scope of your project in mind.

1.) Choose Capped Polymer Decking Over Wood

Whether you’re planning to add a new deck to your roof or remodel an existing rooftop deck, you’ll need to think through your deck material options. Your rooftop deck is fully exposed to the elements, including harsh UV rays and precipitation, which is why it’s important to choose a durable material that can stand up to these severe conditions. While wood is a common option, its vulnerability to sun and moisture will mean a faded, cracked, molded surface in no time at all.

Your best bet for a rooftop deck will be a highly durable, fade-resistant decking material that requires minimal maintenance — all without compromising on the real wood look you love.

The answer? TimberTech® AZEK® capped polymer decking. While our capped composite decking options will also give you a durable, fade-resistant, low-maintenance deck material compared to wood, TimberTech AZEK offers unique benefits for a rooftop deck.

Why Choose TimberTech AZEK?

Absolutely no wood in the core or capfor unbeatable moisture and fade protection.

✓ Engineered to stay up to 30° cooler to the touch than competitive productsso you can enjoy your deck through the heat of summer.

Boasts industry-best warranties including a 50-Year Fade and Stain Warranty and Lifetime Limited Product Warranty.

Offers 40% better traction, wet or dry, than the competition for added safety.

30% lighter in weight than competitive products for easier installation.

Building a Rooftop Deck With TimberTech AZEK

To ensure the best performance for your TimberTech AZEK deck, it is of paramount importance that the deck substructure is built to product specifications outlined in the Installation Guide. Your TimberTech AZEK rooftop deck requires specific substructure framing, including proper joist spacing and blockinga floating substructure is not an acceptable option for our decking installation. Because of the complexity of a rooftop deck project, and the unique specifications of TimberTech AZEK decking installation, we highly recommend working with a TimberTech-registered contractor. You can also contact a TimberTech expert who can give you more insight into your rooftop deck build.

2.) Choose Light Colors for a Heat-Resistant Retreat

You likely remember from school that lighter colors reflect heat, while darker colors absorb heat. For rooftop deck designs exposed to full sun, choosing lighter colors for your deck boards, furniture, and décor will mean a more heat-resistant, cooler space. Plus, lighter colors help to bring a breezy, energetic feel to your space. For the most heat-resistant deck boards, choose light-colored decking from a TimberTech AZEK capped polymer decking collection, which is designed to stay even cooler to the touch — up to 30° cooler — for a barefoot-friendly surface.

Prefer Darker Deck Board Colors?

Explore all the nature-inspired hues from our TimberTech AZEK decking collections for a cooler-to-the-touch surface, even for richly hued boards.

3.) Build Overhead Structures for a Shady Retreat

Sometimes the unobscured bright skies and bold views offered by a rooftop deck can be a little too direct. Consider constructing a pergola or other covered structure, like a cabana, to get the right amount of shade and sun, while accenting your outdoor space with a striking design statement.

4.) Add Details for Privacy

While your rooftop deck gives you an exceptional viewpoint, you don’t want others to impose on your privacy. To keep your deck enclosed but still inviting, add in deck privacy structures such as a roof extension, a trellis, or a privacy wall.

5.) Add Railing for a Polished Design

Rooftop deck ideas and rooftop deck designs include a sleek metal railing with deck board top rail

Adding railing to rooftop deck designs will give your space a completed, polished look while promoting security for friends and family by outlining your perimeter. Just like your deck material, your railing will also need to stand up to exposure to the harsh elements.

Instead of wood, opt for a metal or composite railing which deliver greater durability and require less maintenance. Plus, metal and composite railings from TimberTech offer several customization options to create a unique design for your space.

Explore Deck Railing Ideas

Get inspired with curated, custom railing designs for aesthetic styles ranging from classic to contemporary.

6.) Light Up the Night

Nothing sets the mood quite like lighting with an ambient, warm glow. In addition to permanent lighting fixtures in your railing, you can illuminate your rooftop deck with lanterns, string lights, and candles to ensure daytime drinks, fun, and games last into the evening.

7.) Wrap Yourself Up in Cozy Details

Incorporate indoor elements on your rooftop deck to create a cozy atmosphere for friends and family. Comfortable cushioned furniture, throw pillows, and even blankets will create an outdoor living room feel and help you fend off the chill from cooler evenings. Plus, the different textures and layers can add inviting visual interest to rooftop deck designs.

Find More Inspiration

Spark your creativity further by exploring our Inspiration Gallery for more rooftop deck ideas.

Rooftop deck designs include modern decor under an overhang

Bring Your Rooftop Deck Ideas to Life With TimberTech

Now that you have the rooftop deck ideas you need for your design, the next step is to begin planning for your build or remodel. Start by ordering free samples of your favorite TimberTech deck board colors to find the right hue and material for your rooftop deck project.

And remember: TimberTech AZEK decking is not recommended for all applications, and some rooftop deck builds may be unsuitable. Be sure to reach out to a TimberTech expert or a TimberTech-registered contractor to confirm your rooftop deck project is up to code and meets product standards.

See & Feel the TimberTech Advantage

Our capped polymer and capped composite decking lines combine recycled material with all the beauty of traditional wood.

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