How to Protect a Rooftop Deck from the Sun How to Protect a Rooftop Deck from the Sun

A rooftop deck is an ideal place to relax during a luxurious weekend and/or spend some quiet time after a long hectic day. However, what most people don’t realize while having a rooftop deck built is that since the sun’s rays fall directly on the deck all day long, the deck is subjected to wear and tear from harsh sunlight. Protecting a rooftop deck is imperative and the best way to do so would be to build a deck sunroof that protects the rooftop deck. The great advantage of building a sunroof is that it makes the deck a lot more comfortable through the year and not just during the summers. In the summer, you can spend time in the shade but in the winters enough sunlight can pass through for some much needed warm sun and during the rainy season one can spend an evening out on the deck without getting soaked.

Materials Required for Building a Sunroof for a Rooftop Deck

  • Professionally made design / blueprint
  • Roofing Panels
  • 1/2-inch Drill Bit
  • X-acto Knife
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Screw gun
  • Dead Blow Soft Hammer
  • Drill
  • Putty Knife
  • Hole Punch Tool
  • Screwdriver
  • Electric Shears
  • Grease Pencil
  • Tin Snips
  • Pliers
  • Non Acidic Silicone
  • Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • UV Coating

Step 1: Planning the Design

Picking the appropriate design is the first step in the process. When building a sunroof it is advisable to take all sorts of factors into consideration—ranging from the aesthetics to the degree of protection required from the sun. Some other factors to be considered are—taking into account that the sunroof shouldn’t completely block the sun and choosing a design that could adapt to hosting, barbecuing and sunbathing as well. There are specific designs which are built to maximize on the sunlight during the winter months when the sun is at a lower angle and the rays are feebler. Usually experts recommend picking a design that rises 10 feet above the roof wall, is around 8 feet high at the external edge and is at a minimum height of 10 feet from the ground. Roofing panels usually come in measurements of 10 feet each and you need to coordinate the size, style and type of construction with the local building laws and regulations.

Step 2: Purchasing the Appropriate Materials

Since the sunroof has to be exposed to sunlight through the day it is important to make the right choice while buying the materials. Factors such as cost, strength, endurance, resistance, appearance, weight and functionality all have to be taken into account while buying the materials. Make sure you buy the appropriate UV coating as well (100 percent or diluted).

Step 3: Building and Coating

When starting out with constructing the sunroof it is important to build carefully in a shape and style that follows the contour of the building. The ideal way to build a sunroof is in a square shape around the boundaries of the building. This is done to ensure that all the roofing panels are in proper alignment with one another and all parts of the roof are at the right distances. After this, you need to coat roofing panels with UV coating which prevent weakening of the wood. UV coating can either be 100 percent UV coating or diluted UV coating. It's best to use 100 percent UV coating for better protection, but diluted coating also offers a comparable degree of protection with better aesthetics.

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