Roof terrace design and inspiration
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
Your roof terrace is an asset to your home
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
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.
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
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.
Build your dream roof terrace with style
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
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
the appropriate and perfect set of supplies is an important key
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.
painting rooftops white is one step toward reducing the amount of
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.
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.
Hiring an architect is the best choice
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
is the best professional for the job and the only professional
allowed by law to undertake architectural designs for projects in the
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.
Planning permission – required or not?
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s all about the right decking
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 membranes are made of a single layer of thermoplastic material.
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
expensive, most tiles, especially white-colored ones are very
efficient, because they reflect the sun’s energy instead
of absorbing it.
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.
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 is the most popular material used on low-slope roofs
that lasts between 15 to 20 years. BUR
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.
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.
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!