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Should you build a roof for your deck?

by Jennifer Mendenhall 02/11/2024

Patio cover

When planning upgrades for their outdoor space, many homeowners consider adding a roof for deck or patio spaces. Roof decks can effectively increase your usable square footage outdoors, especially in regions where extreme heat or rain prevents enjoying your outdoor kitchen or relaxation space.

If you’re considering a roof for your deck, here are some of the facts to consider:

Why put a roof over my deck?

There are many great reasons to add a roof to your deck. Most commonly, homeowners want to protect their outdoor space from sun, rain or both. A deck roof creates shade and shelter from moisture, allowing you to spend more time outdoors regardless of the weather.

Could this be a DIY project?

While you could build a roof for your deck on your own, it’s recommended that you hire a contractor. Even with extensive construction experience, the process of building a new roof deck can be very complex even for the simplest designs. 

How much does a roof for my deck cost?

Decks and patios are some of the best investments you can make in the value of your home, and adding a roof only increases that value. However, like building a deck in the first place, building a roof comes with a high upfront cost. Adding a covered roof to your deck can cost anywhere between $3,000 to $10,000 depending on size, materials and labor costs.

Roof & decking material

When choosing decking materials for a roof, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  • Durability against extreme weather conditions.
  • Aesthetic & design appeal.
  • Cost.

Some of the most common decking materials include wood, aluminum, vinyl, fabric and glass. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, and some are more suitable for certain styles of roof than others. 

As with any major outdoor project, make sure to check with your local building department and have your new deck roof inspected by a professional. Consult a deck construction contractor to find out more about your options if you want to add a roof to protect your outdoor living space.