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Roof Deck 101: Everything You Need To Know About Roof Decks

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

If you’re in search of a roofing company that can build you your dream roof deck, look no further, Elite Roofing is Hudson County’s roof deck specialist! Not only are we dedicated to providing high-quality roofing services to our clients, but we are also dedicated to providing our clients with the information that they need! We understand that a roof is not just a protective covering for a building, but it is also an essential component of the building’s overall aesthetic appeal. Our team of roofing experts has years of experience working with a variety of roofing materials and styles, and we are excited to share our knowledge with you about roof decks, the process of applying for permits, and the materials we use to create them. Whether you are a homeowner, contractor, or architect, we hope that this information will provide you with valuable insights into the world of roofing and inspire you to create beautiful, functional, and durable roof decks for your projects.



Starting The Process

Based on prior customer experiences, we believe that the best time to start the process of getting a new rooftop deck installed, especially in Jersey City, NJ, is about 8 months to a year prior to when you’d like the roof deck to be completed. Although this may sound like an extended amount of time, it is important to note that the Jersey City building department takes a while to process all of the necessary permits. It may not be common knowledge as well that in order to build a rooftop deck, you must have an architect that can provide architectural plans that can be submitted for review by the Jersey City building department. In addition, it can also take an extended amount of time for the decking materials to arrive; in order for you to be on your roof deck as soon as possible, we highly recommend starting the process 8-12 months prior.


Roof Deck Materials

There are several materials that are commonly used to create rooftop decks. The most common materials that can be found on rooftop decks around the United States include:


  • Wood

Wood is a popular choice for rooftop decks as it is affordable, easy to work with, and looks great. However, wood does require regular maintenance to prevent rot, decay, and insect infestations such as termites.

Mataverde Wood Decking

Source: https://www.mataverdedecking.com/blog/everything-you-should-know-about-wood-rooftop-decks

  • Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are a cost-effective, long-lasting option that is easy to install. They are available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Skyland Concrete Deck Pavers

Source: https://www.countymaterials.com/en/products/landscaping/unique-size-finish-pavers/skylands-concrete-deck-pavers#gsc.tab=0

  • Natural Stone

Natural stone such as granite, slate, or sandstone is a high-end option that is durable and visually appealing. It is also slip-resistant and requires minimal maintenance.

Archatrak Natural Stone Deck Paver

Source: https://www.archatrak.com/

  • Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are a popular choice for rooftop decks due to their durability, low maintenance, and slip-resistant properties. They are also available in a variety of colors and patterns.

Tile Tech Pavers Porcelain Tiles

Source: https://tiletechpavers.com/products/porcelain-pavers/

  • Rubber Tiles

Rubber tiles are a cost-effective, lightweight option that is easy to install and also provides excellent slip resistance. They are available in a range of colors and patterns.

Surfacing Systems Rubebr Roof Tiles

Source: https://www.surfacingsystems.com/

  • Composite Decking

Lastly, one of our go-to materials and becoming increasingly popular for roof decks in the Hudson County, NJ area is composite decking. Composite decking is a durable and low-maintenance option that is made from a combination of wood and plastic. It is resistant to rot, insect infestations, and fading.

Trex Composite Decking

Source: https://www.trex.com/


When you work with Elite Roofing, we only use the best and highest quality roofing and decking materials that will last throughout the seasons, unlike other local contractors. A few brands that we commonly use are Trex Decking, Duralife Decking, and Barrette Outdoor Living. We find that the decking materials from these brands withstand the test of time, are quality-made, and are simply gorgeous. Because of the plethora of different wood grains, color options, and overall styles, these materials can be customized to your specific taste and style! If you’d like, you can visit any of their websites using the links below to get ideas and inspiration for your new roof deck.


Trex Composite Decking: https://www.trex.com/

“Trex decking is made from 95% recycled materials, including reclaimed timber and sawdust as well as recycled plastic from many common household items, such as the plastic overwrap on packaging for paper towels and toilet paper, dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, grocery, and shopping bags.” Because Trex composite decking is made up of mostly recycled plastic, you can expect at least 27 years out of your new deck. We especially like Trex composite decking due to the fact that this material can go years without having to worry about structural issues such as wood rot, moisture damage, sun damage, and general fading. Trex decking also comes in a variety of shades, colors, and wood grain styles to perfectly complement the exterior of your home!

A roof deck made of composite decking completed by Elite Roofing in Jersey City NJ

DuraLife Decking by Barrette Outdoor Living: https://www.duralifedecking.ca/

DuraLife decking is an eco-friendly composite deck made up of polypropylene and hardwood. Unlike Trex decking which is made out of recycled plastic materials, DuraLife decking provides more slip resistance and is up to 18% cooler than traditional composite decking. “DuraLife Decking is made to withstand any weather. All of our composite decking products undergo rigorous testing to ensure exceptional durability and performance in any environment — including extreme heat, heavy rain, snow, ice, and wind. You’ll have peace of mind knowing our products can “weather the weather.” Additionally, CoolTrac™ material composition provides 136% more slip resistance and keeps deck boards up to 18% cooler than traditional composite decking.” In addition to DuraLife’s unique properties, DuraLife decking also offers many different decking profiles that best fit your home's needs, from style to performance and function.

A roof deck made of composite decking completed by Elite Roofing in Jersey City NJ

Composite decking is an excellent choice for roof decks in Jersey City, New Jersey, for several reasons. As previously mentioned, composite decking is made from a combination of wood fibers and plastic, making it resistant to moisture, rot, and decay. This is particularly important in a city like Jersey City, where the weather can be harsh and unpredictable. Secondly (as mentioned previously), composite decking is easy to maintain, requiring only occasional cleaning with soap and water to keep it looking great. Composite decking is available in a wide range of colors and finishes, making it easy to find a style that complements the existing design of your building. In addition, composite decking is environmentally friendly, as it is made from recycled materials and is itself recyclable. Overall, composite decking is a durable, low-maintenance, and attractive option for building roof decks in not only Jersey City but all of Hudson County, NJ!


Because of the wide variety of roof deck materials available, we are able to custom-create the roof deck of your dreams! Whether you’d like a double roof deck or a tiered roof deck, we have the knowledge and skills to build you the perfect deck for entertaining, BBQs, and family/friends gatherings! The choice of roofing materials will depend on several factors such as budget, climate, and personal preference. It’s important to choose a material that is durable, easy to maintain, and provides good slip resistance to ensure the safety of those using the rooftop deck.


Why You Should Consider Adding A Roof Deck To Your Property:


  • Increased Outdoor Living Space

A roof deck provides additional outdoor living space that is perfect for entertaining guests, enjoying a meal, or simply relaxing outdoors.


  • Beautiful Views

Rooftop decks offer stunning views of the surrounding area, which can be especially appealing if your property is located in a scenic area or near the waterfront.

  • Increased Property Values

A roof deck can increase the value of your property, making it more attractive to potential buyers if you decide to sell in the future.


  • Energy Savings

A roof deck can also help to reduce energy costs by providing a layer of insulation that helps to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.


  • Improved Air Quality

Rooftop gardens can help to improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and carbon dioxide, which can be especially beneficial in urban areas. In addition to improved air quality, roof decks offer space to create a beautiful garden that you can use to grow fresh herbs, vegetables, or anything you’d like! With the amount of sun exposure and rain that your rooftop garden will get, you’ll never have to worry, even if you don’t have a green thumb.


Conclusion/Contact Us!

Overall, adding a roof deck to your property in Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, or any of the surrounding areas of Hudson County, NJ, can provide a range of benefits that make it a worthwhile investment. Not only does installing a roof deck serve as an investment, but it can increase living space, improve property value, and enjoy the many benefits of outdoor living.


If you’re interested in learning more about roof decks or would like to inquire about installing one on your property, be sure to contact us, Elite Roofing, for all of your roof deck needs! You can reach us by calling our office at (201)436-1011, emailing us at eliteroofinginc@hotmail.com, or by visiting our website and filling out our contact form by visiting https://www.eliteroofingincnj.com/contact to schedule your FREE estimate, today!


If you’d like to check out some of our past and current Roof Deck projects, be sure to check out our Roof Deck page using this link! https://www.eliteroofingincnj.com/roof-decks


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