Project: A Poorly Planned and Poorly Waterproofed Roof Deck Invites Rot
This urban homeowner’s flat roof deck could barely be considered useable outdoor living space although it had the potential to be a luxurious and desirable feature adding value to the property.
The torch-on roofing product they had was not only unattractive but retained too much heat in the summertime.
The placement of the rails reduced the square footage of usable outdoor living space considerably, leaving much of it inaccessible and impossible to safely clean.
The unsightly torch-on roofing developed cracks and flaked off. This waterproofing failure allowed moisture to make its way to the structure below which meant rot would develop quickly. They turned to the waterproofing experts at Duradek MidAtlantic who introduced them to the Duradek trained, professional installers at PG Builders.
THE DURADEK SOLUTION
The professional Duradek installers of PG Builders are well versed in all details involved to create an extended roof deck. First, the failed torch-on product and old, misplaced railings were removed. Fresh, untreated ¾ʺ T&G plywood was laid at the recommended slope for the Duradek Legacy Driftwood membrane installation.
By using Duradek Ultra, which is classified as both a roofing membrane and a pedestrian traffic surface, PG Builders effectively turned an unattractive flat roof into a beautiful deck with a one-product solution.
With the addition of new Durarail Aluminum Picket Railings, they safely defined the extended area of their rooftop terrace to the perimeter of the flat roof.
Create More Outdoor Living Space
Previously wasted space and a point of waterproof vulnerability now provides attractive, low maintenance, and useable outdoor living space where they can be proud to entertain—with confidence that the living space below is protected.
Not only is torch-on roofing too hot for bare feet and paws, but due to being all black, it retains heat and superheats the structure leading to higher air conditioning costs. Duradek provides an attractive and safe Green solution for roof decks, and it is much nicer on bare feet!
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