What to know before starting construction on your Chicago roof deck project

What to know before starting construction on your Chicago roof deck project

Anytime you’re planning on a construction project for your home, there are certain things that you need to know in order to plan your budget and know if it’s realistic. At JATES Remodeling & Construction, we specialize in building Chicago roof decks, but there can still be certain factors that get in the way of an installation on your home. Before you get started, we have five things that you need to know before starting construction on your roof deck project.

Building laws and HOA restrictions

Prior to any new build for your home, you must obtain the proper permits. This is your way of letting the local government know that you’re going to be adding something to your home. You can do research into local building laws prior to applying for a permit to make sure that it’s allowed in the area where you live.

Even if local building laws allow roof deck construction, you still need to check with your HOA. By building a roof deck, you could be infringing on certain codes that have been established by the HOA of your neighborhood. Be sure to check with the board members to verify that a rooftop deck is not forbidden by the CC&Rs.

You have the necessary space

It’s easy to want to build a large, lavish deck on your roof. Although, having space could be what dictates the size of deck you end up building. Take into account the area where you’re planning on building your deck as well as where it sits relative to your neighbors. If you extend your deck out too far beyond the walls of your house you could end up with a portion that hangs over a neighbor’s yard.

Account for landscaping

Take a look at the ground directly beneath where your rooftop deck will extend as well as the ground that surrounds it to account for any landscaping. If you have a tree that is growing directly beneath where you plan to build your deck, it will eventually grow into the deck and cause structural problems. It’s crucial to appropriately deal with any landscaping issues before they become a problem in the future.


Do your research on the materials that you want to use to build your deck. Are you looking for a classic wood deck or would you like something that’s made of concrete with tile flooring? Composite wood is a great choice because it’s resistant to mold, rot, and bugs. If you’re unsure about the materials you’d like to use for your roof deck, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts.

Condition of your roof

Evaluate the condition of your roof. Not all rooftops are strong or sturdy enough to handle the extra weight that comes with a roof deck build or even for the extra foot traffic that it will need to handle. If your roof isn’t in a state to take on the added weight of a roof deck, consider getting these repairs done prior to or as a part of the build.

Request a quote

If you’re ready to get started with your Chicago roof deck project, get in touch with our team today for a quote. At JATES Remodeling & Construction, we specialize in residential and commercial remodeling and will build a beautiful roof deck for your home. Give us a call at 331-442-4217 or send a message using our contact form. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this project or any others.