Having a place where you can rest and take a good look at the surroundings sounds amazing. That is why having an outdoor place to stay is ideal for any home. It could be a seating area under a pergola, or a bench in the garden; or it could also be a veranda or a patio. Filipinos are starting to incorporate these contemporary outdoor designs to their lovely homes. Today, we’ll explore some great roof terrace ideas and the reasons why they’re becoming a new hype in the Philippines.
Many have not realized this, but roof decks are actually very functional and economical. Still, we have to consider factors such as the Philippine climate and humidity, location, and convenience to your family.
Roof terraces provide great outdoor relaxation. Setting up a patio on your flat roof top provides an extension of your home where you can hang out with your family and friends. Of course, this should be well thought regarding the high temperature you experience in the Philippines. The sun will heat the slab all day and then re-radiate the heat into your house. Thus, it is advisable to set up furniture that will protect you from the harsh rays of the sun. You can either build a roof canopy or even situate a rooftop patio. Patio umbrellas are popular in Philippine homes and they can be purchased between 4,000-10,000 PHP, depending on the material and brand.
Another great idea for your rooftop is building your own garden on it. Rooftop gardens are slowly growing in the Philippines and the benefits are widely known. Researchers have discovered that rooftop gardens actually help in reducing pollution and high temperature in the country. If you look over the city of Manila, you’ll see the obvious pollution through the smog. Also, there is not much visible green in the city because of all the buildings and the population. If rooftop gardening was taken up in Manila on a large scale, there can be many benefits. Primarily, the pollution will be brought down to a lower level through the intake of carbon dioxide and the output of oxygen by the plants. Also, the temperatures in Manila can be lowered as well as the number of people with diseases caused mainly by air pollution. Of course, roof gardens will also benefit your own family by having been provided with an array of vegetables you plan on planting.
Truly, adding a roof terrace to your home is a great asset. Besides the obvious benefit of pure enjoyment of some outdoor living and a relaxing view, you get increased property value, generally 10-20%, as well as increased life of your roof by up to 70% from added protection of the terrace.
First thing’s first, check if the area available has a potential to turn into a terrace. Knowing the right measurement of the roof space is very important so you won’t need to do the math all the time when choosing the right furniture for your roof terrace. It is imperative to consult a professional architect for your project since he or she enlightens your preferred designs and balances them with the right materials to use considering the factors of your surroundings.
Finding the appropriate and perfect set of supplies is an important key component too.
Consult an architect about considering durable, light colored and earth-toned materials to help reduce the heat absorbed by your house because of its natural reflective properties. Make sure the chosen material has a nice finish over time.
Moreover, painting rooftops white is one step toward reducing the amount of electricity and time needed to cool these urban hot spots, but another idea is to green the spaces from the tops down. It will cool the area naturally through soil temperature and growth of greenery.
Lastly, furnish your rooftop with modern chairs and tables that add a breath of refreshment to the roof terrace. Ideally, light-colored furniture looks great especially along with the greenery on your terrace.
If you’re planning to design a roof terrace, it is best to consult an architect who can advise you on what is to be done. Remember that an architect is the best professional for the job and the only professional allowed by law to undertake architectural designs for projects in the Philippines.
architects have the knowledge, skills and experience to design your
house or building. They shape ideas into drawings which are to be
used by builders for construction and they are also needed for
building permits. Some clients do not want to spend much money for
the design thinking that they can
fix everything during
construction – but that will be a very costly mistake.
Technically, planning permissions for extending the layout of the house isn’t necessary in the Philippines. Some homeowners build without permission because of the amount of time that’s involved. Planning applications cost both time and money – it can take up to 12 weeks to get permission. The requirement for planning application documents including site layouts, plans, and elevations which will also require additional time and expense.
You have to wait three months to get permission, before you can even do anything. Sometimes it doesn’t even get approved and then you’ve had three months of work that are wasted so it is quite a long process, so if you can avoid it, it’s the best thing to do.
Though you can extend without permission, you will have to adhere with restrictions and conditions. Basically, you’re limited in the size and not being able to build to the side or front of the property. The extension has to be less than 40 square meters and it’s not meant to be seen from the front. So you have to restrict it to the back of the house. Additionally, height restrictions are to be considered. Walls are not to exceed the height of the existing rear and roofs not to exceed the height of the existing roofs.
In this case, building roof terraces doesn’t really affect on the size of the house. You just need to do the calculations when considering its height limit. Thus, a planning permission is not necessary, though you might want to speak with your neighbors if they are fine with your building plan. Be considerate if they are comfortable with you building a garden on your rooftop.
Living in a tropical country and knowing you will have alternations of unbearable heat and vast rainstorms almost all year long, traditional materials such as asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, and corrugated metal are not the best choices since they’re prone to leak and contribute heat to your house. Instead, look into these durable options for your roof deck:
PVC- PVC membranes are made of a single layer of thermoplastic material. PVC roofs are incredibly strong and durable with a lifespan of 15 to 30 years. One PVC sheet with an approximate dimension of one square foot costs around 1,300 pesos. Though PVC tiles are expensive, most tiles, especially white-colored ones are very energy efficient, because they reflect the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it.
EPDM Rubber- This single-ply, white, rubber-like membrane roofing is a cool technology that’s made of strong, weather-resistant thermoplastic or a synthetic rubber called EPDM. The EPDM rubber usually last from 10 to 15 years. This roofing material is cheaper than the PVC by approximately 400 pesos lesser. EPDM comes in rolls or sheets for covering large areas quickly.
TPO- This 10-year lifespan material is closer to a rubber roof in cost, but also features welded seams for durability like PVC membranes. It’s a new technology requiring experienced contractors. The costs runs around 1,000 pesos per square foot.
Built Up Roofing- Built up roofing is the most popular material used on low-slope roofs that lasts between 15 to 20 years. BUR systems generally are composed of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics that create a finished membrane. A single square foot usually costs around 699 pesos.
Silicon Spray- This material has a very seamless installation and has a longer lifespan of 20 years; however, the roofing system for this material is very costly.
These options are great to consider when planning on building your roof terrace. Always keep in mind that durability, energy-efficiency, and budget are important key factors when purchasing your materials and furnishings. With these great tips, you can make the perfect roof terrace for your modern home!