Building Up: Let’s Talk About Roof Decks

fact: buyers in philly love a roof deck

Myself included. Part of what sold us on our home was the roof deck. When we show homes with a roof deck buyers get visibly excited & can’t wait to get up there to see what the view is like. It’s the one feature we always advise builders we work with to add on because it is such a great selling point. The allure is real. Since they are so popular let’s talk about the types of roof decks you are likely to come in contact with while searching for your new home.

fiberglass

Fiberglass roof decks are most common in new construction. In this type of roof deck the roof & deck system is one & the same. This makes any future maintenance really easy because there are no accessibility issues. The lifespan of a fiberglass roof deck with proper installation is anywhere from 20-30 years.

Fiberglass roof deck at 2721 Cambridge Street in Philadelphia.

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pressure treated wood

Pressure treated wood is probably the most common as it’s the original deck material. Roof maintenance can be an issue on these types of decks since accessibility to the roof is limited. You also have to maintain pressure treated wood with regular cleaning, sealing & staining to extend it’s life span & keep the wood looking beautiful. Pressure treated wood has a smaller up front cost, however, it does cost money to maintain.

Roof deck at 906 N. 4th Street in Philadelphia.

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man made composite product

This would be a roof deck built with Trex or a similar man made product. The cost up front is probably double pressure treated wood but there is no maintenance so over the life of the deck you will save time & money. Roof maintenance can be an issue on these types of decks since accessibility to the roof is limited.

 A roof deck made from a composite product in Chicago.

Industrial Deck by Chicago Architects & Building Designers jamesthomas, LLC
Photo from Houzz

green

Green roofs have soared in popularity in the U.S. over the last few years. A true green roof is one in which most of the surface of the roof is covered by vegetation; usually hardy perennials or sedums which require very little maintenance. Green roofs are not only beautiful they serve a variety of functions. They reduce storm water run off, reduce heating & cooling costs, filter pollutants out of the air, create a habitat for birds, bees & other beneficial insects & will extend the life of the roof by preventing UV damage. They are also peaceful retreats for the people who own them. You can get a custom green roof designed especially for your home or there are companies specializing in modular systems that come with fully grown plants. These should be installed by a reputable contractor who understands these types of systems.

Aerial view of green roofs in Hamburg, Germany where they are utilized quite frequently.

Spaces by Other Metro Architects & Building Designers Mariana Pickering (Emu Architects)
Photo from Houzz

search for a home in philadelphia with a roof deck:

Price Range: $259,000 to $2,250,000 Price Average: $510,766
Size Range: 515 to 4,730 Sq. Ft. Size Average: 1,543 Sq. Ft.
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Under Contract
Contingency
$ 429,900
1542 S BOUVIER STREET
Philadelphia, PA 19146
POINT BREEZE
3 Bed / 3 Bath
2,352 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7186583
Courtesy of Keller Williams Philly
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 429,900
1542 S BOUVIER STREET | Philadelphia, PA 19146
POINT BREEZE
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7186583
Condo
3
3
2,352 s.f.
Courtesy of Keller Williams Philly
This Point Breeze new construction townhome has custom upgrades that truly sets itself apart. Included in the 3 bedroom 3 full bath open floor plan you'll find contemporary baseboards, casings, crown molding and wainscoting throughout. Make your way through the custom crown molding and wainscoted living room into the contemporary shaker cabinet open concept kitchen where you can enjoy your eggs and bacon at the 5' breakfast bar. From here head on out to the brand new back patio with pressure treated wood privacy fence where grill top story telling is sure to be had. Need to cool off?? The full size finished basement is the perfect space to get away or even take a refreshing cool shower on those hot summer days. The two oversized guest bedrooms on the second floor share an oversized full bathroom located conveniently adjacent to each bedroom. But the third floor master suite penthouse is where this home really gets good... TWO walk-in his and her closets and an en-suite master bathroom complete with 5' double vanity, wall to ceiling porcelain tile, oversized frameless glass tile shower and water efficient contemporary fixtures to boot. If that's not enough for you then step out onto the full size fiberglass roof deck where the Philadelphia city skyline views are sure to put your mind and soul at ease. Other notable features include, recessed LED SMART lighting throughout, under cabinet lighting, Russound System, quartz countertops, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, energy efficient Anderson Windows, Delos Vitamin C Shower Head and a Point Breeze location that is hard to top.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 415,000
2454 FEDERAL STREET #2
Philadelphia, PA 19146
POINT BREEZE
3 Bed / 3 Bath
1,800 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7187036
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 415,000
2454 FEDERAL STREET #2 | Philadelphia, PA 19146
POINT BREEZE
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7187036
Condo
3
3
1,800 s.f.
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
New construction in Point Breeze! With a roof deck AND parking! These upper units at Federal Street have it all: assigned parking, roof decks, 3 bedroom with 3 full baths! The neighborhood is amazing! POINT BREEZE?Close to University City, Graduate Hospital, and all major commuter routes! Located minutes from center city, CHOP, grocery stores, I-76, and walking distance to the Schuylkill River Trail. The main entrance opens up to a spacious living room shining with lots of natural light. The living room opens up to a beautiful kitchen with high end finishes and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs you will find 2 bedrooms a bathroom and a conveniently located laundry room! The well-designed floor plan adds to the privacy of each bedroom. From the Owner's Suite walk up to the full roof deck for relaxing nights enjoying the city views. Early buyers will have the opportunity to choose their finishes from the builder's designer inspired packages. Photos are of completed homes from another recently completed project by the same builder?finishes and floor plans/layouts may vary in the home. HOA/Condo fees and tax numbers are estimates. 10 YEAR TAX ABATEMENT! Call today to set up an appointment with one of our Sales Representatives to view finishes, floor plans, and photos of similar units!
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 379,900
912 N 16TH STREET #D
Philadelphia, PA 19130
FRANCISVILLE
2 Bed / 2/1 Bath
1,100 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7186242
Courtesy of RE/MAX Elite
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 379,900
912 N 16TH STREET #D | Philadelphia, PA 19130
FRANCISVILLE
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7186242
Condo
2
2/1
1,100 s.f.
Courtesy of RE/MAX Elite
Nestled in the midst of a neighborhood renaissance, 'Francisville Quarters' is a unique new development of sophisticated condominium residences offering buyers FOUR optimized floorplans and fantastic outdoor space in the form of backyard patios, spacious balconies and massive roof decks. Buyers spoke and the developers listened; each condo includes rarely offered basement storage units + additional space for bike storage. Luxurious fixtures and finishes come standard with Andersen Windows, premium oak hardwood, custom iron railings, Aster kitchen cabinets, quartz tops, Grohe plumbing fixtures, Samsung stainless steel appliances, video intercom system and LED lighting for energy efficiency. Location being key, 'Francisville Quarters' is just a few minutes walk from all of the shops and cafes on Ridge Avenue as well as the iconic historical renovation projects such as the Divine Lorraine Hotel and Metropolitan Opera house located on nearby Broad Street. ---UNIT D--- This unit is bi-level unit located on the third and fourth floors. It offers 1,100 square feet of indoor and 48 square feet of outdoor balcony space + an over-sized 440 square foot roof deck. Complete with a large living room, powder roon, kitchen, 2 spacious bedrooms, 2 full private bathrooms + a large pilot house leading to the roof deck. Convenient for near maintenance free living while offering ample space for entertainment. *10-year tax abatement is approved by the Office of Property Assessment*
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 335,000
1832 E HUNTINGDON STREET #2
Philadelphia, PA 19125
KENSINGTON
3 Bed / 3 Bath
1,800 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7185548
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 335,000
1832 E HUNTINGDON STREET #2 | Philadelphia, PA 19125
KENSINGTON
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7185548
Condo
3
3
1,800 s.f.
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
New Construction! Roof Deck! 10 Year Tax Abatement! Huntingdon Place features 2 neighboring residential new construction homes that are scheduled to be completed late Fall 2018! Enter your home into a beautiful open floor plan that features stunning hardwood floors, large windows for tons of natural light and a gourmet Kitchen! The Kitchen is complete with top appliances, quartz countertops, soft-close cabinetry, a spacious breakfast bar.. just to name a few! The Breakfast Bar overlooks the spacious dining & living area that includes sliders out to a lovely deck. The first level includes a large guest Bedroom with plenty of closet space and a Full Bath. Early buyers have the opportunity to select their home finishes throughout such as flooring, cabinetry, smart home technology and much more! Head upstairs to find an additional guest Bedroom and Full Bath, a conveniently located and large Laundry Room as well as the Master Suite! The Master includes dual closets and a gorgeous En-Suite that features and oversized walk-in shower with designer tile throughout. Add a Wet Bar to your home to complete this floor. Don't miss the private Roof Deck that completes your home! Featuring breathtaking views of the city, you'll enjoy many nights entertaining guests in this perfect outdoor space. Streamline is proud to offer our buyers a 1 Year Builders Warranty as well as the 10 Year Tax Abatement! **Home is currently under construction. Featured photos are of a recently completed Streamline home. Tax Numbers & Condo Fees are estimates only.**
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 400,000
2010 AMBER STREET #3
Philadelphia, PA 19125
KENSINGTON
2 Bed / 2 Bath
1,500 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7183301
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 400,000
2010 AMBER STREET #3 | Philadelphia, PA 19125
KENSINGTON
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7183301
Condo
2
2
1,500 s.f.
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
Welcome home to this luxury boutique condominium featuring only 3 units located in one of the hottest areas of Philadelphia! Each unit feature smart, spacious layouts, living/dining rooms, hardwood floors, spa inspired baths and great storage space. Meticulous attention to detail is evident in the chef inspired kitchens featuring granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. Building is steps away from the Stateside Distillery, Martha, Helm, Cook & Shaker, Soup Kitchen, Pizza Brian, and all of the Fishtown shops and restaurants! Easy access to Septa, The El (super close to Berks El stop!), 95 and 676. Condo Fees TBD - expected to be $200.00/month or less. 10 Year Tax Abatement Applied For. UNIT 3 is a top floor, 2 bed/2 bath, approximately 1500 sqft, bi-level (3rd and 4th floor) featuring two amazing outdoor spaces - OVER 450 sqft PRIVATE ROOF DECK with SKYLINE VIEWS and large rear outdoor balcony off Living Room.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 1,875,000
227 S 6TH STREET #5NE
Philadelphia, PA 19106
WASHINGTON SQ
3 Bed / 3 Bath
2,306 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7182451
Courtesy of Allan Domb Real Estate
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 1,875,000
227 S 6TH STREET #5NE | Philadelphia, PA 19106
WASHINGTON SQ
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7182451
Condo
3
3
2,306 s.f.
Courtesy of Allan Domb Real Estate
Magnificent three bedroom residence with private roof deck in a boutique luxury condominium building on Washington Square! Custom three bedroom plus den, three bathroom with private roof deck at The Lippincott on Washington Square. This magnificent home boasts a grand great room boasting a living room with fireplace and access to a balcony with wonderful sunrise city views to the east, as well as an open, adjacent dining room perfect for entertaining. The chef's kitchen features wood cabinetry, granite countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, Wolf range with Best Hood, Asko dishwashers and breakfast bar. The master suite has two walk-in closets and an ensuite bathroom appointed in marble with two vanities, an over-sized stall shower, private commode and Jacuzzi tub. There are two additional bedrooms and bathrooms, a cozy den located off of the living room with exposed brick walls, and a laundry room with side by side washer and dryer.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 515,000
200-10 LOMBARD STREET #814
Philadelphia, PA 19147
SOCIETY HILL
2 Bed / 2 Bath
1,331 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7182106
Courtesy of Keller Williams Philly
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 515,000
200-10 LOMBARD STREET #814 | Philadelphia, PA 19147
SOCIETY HILL
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7182106
Condo
2
2
1,331 s.f.
Courtesy of Keller Williams Philly
Motivated sellers! Unbelievable views from every angle in this two bedroom, two bath penthouse condo with HUGE private roof deck at Abbotts Square. This custom renovated condominium features an open contemporary Chef's kitchen, complete with stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances, quartz countertops, a breakfast bar and tons of cabinetry. The kitchen faces a spacious living and dining room area with wood burning fireplace and hardwood floors throughout. The split floor plan offers a large master bedroom on one side of the home. Ensuite master features a walk in closet, another wall of closets and a newly renovated bathroom with glass enclosed shower and stackable washer / dryer. The second bedroom is as large as the master, and also offers a walk in closet and wall of extra closets, offering tons of extra storage options. The renovated second full bathroom is located just off the hallway next to the second bedroom, with a bathtub and glass shower door. The second level boasts a small study perfect for an office, bonus room or a huge storage closet. From here, sliding glass doors lead out to the expansive rooftop deck (600+ sq feet) with sweeping unobstructed views of the Philadelphia Skyline, the Delaware Riverfront, the Ben Franklin Bridge, the Stadiums, and more. This is a great home for entertaining, and is located just a few doors off the elevators on the top floor of the building on the Lombard street side, offering a quiet setting! Abbotts Square is in a fantastic location, convenient to restaurants, grocery stores, the farmers market at Headhouse Square and easy access to both I-95 and I-76. On site garage parking is available in the building for an extra fee. Amenities include a 24 hour doorman, concierge, fitness center and bike storage. This home is move in ready, don't miss it! Seller will pay for parking spot in building for 1 year! Schedule your showing today! No pets allowed in building.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 448,000
2031 E FIRTH STREET
Philadelphia, PA 19125
KENSINGTON
3 Bed / 2/1 Bath
2,300 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7181134
Courtesy of Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 448,000
2031 E FIRTH STREET | Philadelphia, PA 19125
KENSINGTON
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7181134
Condo
3
2/1
2,300 s.f.
Courtesy of Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty
ONLY ONE UNIT LEFT! Solar-ready new construction featuring rooftop deck with 360 degree city views, large backyard and third-floor master suite. Three bedrooms, two full baths, and finished basement with concrete floors and half bath. Beautiful curb appeal with clean white brick and wood exterior. Unique round window in the living room with an open floor plan for tons of natural light. Kitchen features black stainless GE appliance and Greenguard Gold Certified Cabinetry from Executive Cabinetry, Made-In-America. Deep, stainless steel sink, gas stove with griddle, hidden trash cans, and garbage disposal. Big kitchen window (all windows are Pella) overlooks the large backyard with new wood fence, and partial concrete patio. Birch hardwood floors, recessed LED lighting, light grey trim and doors ? excellent craftsmanship and thoughtful details throughout. Second floor features two bedrooms, each with two large closets, and a full bath complete with sleek black fixtures, light grey subway tile in shower and unique cement tile floor. Large laundry room and separate linen closet complete this floor. Third floor master suite feels expansive with vaulted ceiling and clearstory windows. Huge master bathroom with sliding barn door and turquoise tile floors for a pop of color. Stunning custom walnut vanity with cement countertops, Delta brass fixtures, and large frameless glass shower. Wet Bar with sink and space for a mini fridge, additional linen closet and sliding glass door leads to private deck (with water hose spout for plants)! A spiral staircase leads up to the roof deck for beautiful views. Unique touches from No-Vinyl builder, Red Oak Development, in the heart of East Kensington. Walking distance to the Market Frankford "El" train, Martha Bar, Urban Axes, and all of the amazing restaurants and shops of Frankford Ave. 10 year tax abatement ? get into this neighborhood while you can!
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 319,000
1500 GREEN STREET #G
Philadelphia, PA 19130
ART MUSEUM AREA
2 Bed / 2 Bath
1,387 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7179718
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Art Museum
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 319,000
1500 GREEN STREET #G | Philadelphia, PA 19130
ART MUSEUM AREA
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7179718
Condo
2
2
1,387 s.f.
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Art Museum
Wow! This amazing light flooded loft like 2 bedroom 2 bath features super high ceilings, hardwood floors, a new updated classic kitchen with subway tile , 10 large south and east facing windows, and PARKING!! Don't miss this fantastic unit with tons of entertaining space in the wide open living room/ dining room/ kitchen. Two very large bedrooms- each with its own bathroom! Great closet and storage space. Laundry in the hallway. Awesome city views from the common roof deck. Steps from Broad Street and easy access to Center City! Deeded parking included in the lot directly behind the building.
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