All Decked Out!!

deck2-300x200 All Decked Out!!We are often asked if a building can have a rooftop deck added.  These areas are a nice addition to a building and provide a place to view the fireworks, socialize and relax.  Many things must be considered when planning the new outdoor space.  Typically, roof structures are designed to support snow loads and the weight of the roof covering, which are much less than the “person” load required by Code for a deck.  So, often the deck needs to span from structural support to support, such as between bearing walls or columns.  Other design considerations to take into account besides deck material options are providing a means to make future roof repairs or replacement under the deck, stair access to the deck and railing systems.  Also, some jurisdictions require that the deck be constructed of non-combustible materials.