Living on the roof is a popular trend in many countries. Some people do it because they seek adventure, while others do it because they couldn’t find a space to live. But how can you create a living space on top of a flat roof?
Much like any other house or apartment, there are materials and methods that can be used to create a living space on top of a flat roof. These include wooden structures, green roofs, and urban farming. Which of these options is best for you will depend on what your goals are in creating this living space. There are also rules you’ll need to follow if you’re building on top of an existing flat roof for safety and roof durability.
What to Consider
Creating a living space on top of a flat roof may seem like a great idea at first, but there are things to consider. Depending on the materials you use, it can affect the durability and safety of your roof. For example, a green roof or urban farming would be excellent options for sustainability because they’re easy to maintain. However, if you want to create a wooden structure, make sure it’s made of treated lumber or has the right insulation materials so that it doesn’t harm your roof.
It may not be possible to live on top of your flat roof permanently if you have an older flat roof; if so, make sure to use materials that are appropriate for this specific type of roofing material. If you have any questions about whether or not living on top of your flat roof is possible, contact an expert who can guide you in the right direction.
Building a Wooden Structure
The simplest way to create a living space on top of a flat roof is by building a wooden structure. The frame can either be custom-built, prefabricated or purchased at the hardware store. You’ll need wood for the frame that you can use for floors and walls. If you’re building this on your own roof, it can take anywhere from a few days to months depending on how much time you have and how complex the design is.
Depending on the size of your roof, there are different ways to build this wooden structure. For example, if the surface area of your roof is 10×10 feet, then you might want to build 4×4 foot squares with pillars in between them. This will give you open space in the middle where you could place furniture or other things.
If this space isn’t what you’re looking for or if there are safety reasons why you’re not allowed to build on top of your roof (for instance if it’s against local law), then another option would be to purchase a prefabricated room from either IKEA or Home Depot. This could be a good option if your goal is simply some extra storage space or an outdoor patio area instead of actual living space.
Green roofs are a type of roofing that is used to create an outdoor, natural living space. They provide protection against the sun’s heat, they stop the flow of rainwater, and they can even help lower your home’s energy costs. Green roofs are also aesthetically pleasing. Green roofs are an excellent option in dense urban areas, allowing pollinators to recover space where their native ecosystems no longer exist.
When you are on your roof, you are going to be more exposed to the sun and to the weather. Because of that, it’s ideal to create some sort of sunshade or windshield. This could be as simple as a pop-up awning or you can build out a wooden structure such as a gazebo. If the wind is an issue in your area, then you’ll likely need a way to secure whatever structure you use. With a pop-up awning, you could create a clip system that causes bolt holes in your roof with carabiners on the feet of the awning. That way you are able to secure the awning to your roof when you need it and then you can unclip it when you are ready to put it away. For a permanent wooden structure such as a gazebo, it’s ideal that you work with a professional to ensure that the structure can handle whatever type of weather is in your area. If your area is subject to frequent storms such as hurricanes or tornadoes, then you will likely be better off with a removable awning that you take down after each use.
One more option is to change your flat roof into an urban farm. Urban farming is the practice of growing plants and sometimes even small animals (such as chickens) within an urban setting. It’s a way to make use of the often-underutilized space in cities or when you don’t have a lot of lands to work with. And it can be done on top of a flat roof! This means that people who live in cities or on small plots of land could grow their own food on top of their roof, providing them with fresh produce and meat for their families.
Creating a living space on top of your flat roof is possible. You do need to consider both the safety and the durability of your roof when you plan your new living space. Hiring a professional can help you create a beautiful living space that lasts, is safe, and doesn’t damage your roof in the process.