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

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Price Range: $259,000 to $2,250,000 Price Average: $511,122
Size Range: 610 to 4,730 Sq. Ft. Size Average: 1,550 Sq. Ft.
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Contingency
$ 720,000
429 N 13TH STREET #5B6B
Philadelphia, PA 19123
SPRING ARTS
2 Bed / 2 Bath
1,758 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7218337
Courtesy of Keller Williams Philly
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 720,000
429 N 13TH STREET #5B6B | Philadelphia, PA 19123
SPRING ARTS
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
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Square Ft
7218337
Condo
2
2
1,758 s.f.
Courtesy of Keller Williams Philly
Check out this industrial chic loft in the 100+ year-old historic Rebman Building, featured on HGTV's "My House is Worth What?" and part of the Callowhill Industrial Historic District tours. This double unit features soaring ceilings, giant windows flooded with natural light, and gorgeous maple floors. Bright, open layout space offers optimal flow between kitchen, living room and dining area, with a loft-style space overlooking it all. Descend the unique spiral staircase to the built-in privacy of having the bedrooms on a different floor from the living area. Huge master bedroom with ample storage and updated bathroom showcasing spacious double vanity with his and hers sinks. Adjoining office space with separate external entrance would be great for the entrepreneur running a home office. The smoke-free building is cat-friendly, but no dogs are allowed. One indoor parking space in building included with the option to purchase an additional space. Nearby parks include Franklintown Park, JFK Plaza and Fairmount Park Welcome Center, and the new Reading Viaduct Rail Park. Living here puts you within walking distance to all your needs, and unparalleled access to the entire city via the Broad Street Subway. Private roof deck with an unbeatable view of the Ben Franklin Bridge will provide the perfect backdrop to host all of your summer events.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 539,000
621 S 24TH STREET #208
Philadelphia, PA 19146
GRADUATE HOSPITAL
2 Bed / 2 Bath
1,019 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7218579
Courtesy of OCF Realty LLC
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 539,000
621 S 24TH STREET #208 | Philadelphia, PA 19146
GRADUATE HOSPITAL
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7218579
Condo
2
2
1,019 s.f.
Courtesy of OCF Realty LLC
Welcome to Bloc23, a modern, boutique, new construction condo building on the edge of Graduate Hospital and Fitler Square with PARKING! Greenfield Catchment! Unit 208 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,019 sq ft unit. The unit welcomes you with a grand entry hallway. Off the hallways you will find the first full bathroom and the first bedroom. The first bedroom has a large size closet and a transom window above the door for natural light. Past the bedroom is the kitchen which opens up onto the living room and dining area. The master bedroom is at the front of the unit, which allows for maximum light. The master bedroom has an attached bathroom with frameless glass shower door and built in vanity. 23 total units in the building and just 2 remain! Every inch of this luxury building was thoughtfully designed. Features include: 9.5 ft ceilings, floor to ceiling windows in every room of every unit, wide plank walnut flooring, 8ft solid wood doors, LED lights, Nest Protect Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Nest Thermostats, keyless entry door locks and USB outlets. The kitchens feature soft close walnut lower cabinets and white high gloss upper cabinets. The island has white quartz countertops with waterfall edges and seating for 2-3. The Bosch dishwasher and Leibherr refrigerator are integrated, making for a seamless appearance. There is also a hood that vents to the outside. The bathrooms also have soft close walnut cabinetry with pull out drawers and recessed medicine cabinets for extra storage. The backsplashes and showers are tiled with marble. Floating toilets and frameless glass shower doors round out the modern look of the bathrooms. Each unit comes with 1 car assigned GARAGE PARKING, a 10 year real estate tax abatement and access to a common roof deck with stunning skyline views. The elevator goes from the parking garage to the roof deck. Come see this beautiful unit today!
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 290,000
111 S 15TH STREET #1807
Philadelphia, PA 19102
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
1 Bed / 1 Bath
802 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7217676
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 290,000
111 S 15TH STREET #1807 | Philadelphia, PA 19102
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
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Square Ft
7217676
Condo
1
1
802 s.f.
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
This one bedroom, one bathroom home showcases the best of modern upgrades with a swanky city feel. Elegantly designed, this unit features oversized windows that fill the space with natural light, hardwood flooring throughout, dramatic ceiling heights, and an in-unit washer/ dryer. A gourmet kitchen boasts modern cabinetry, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom features two closets which have been custom fitted for maximum storage. Offering an on-site fitness center, resident lounge, roof deck, and perfectly located in the Rittenhouse area. The Packard Grande is just steps away from shopping, nightlife, fine dining, public transportation, and everything the city has to offer.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 293,250
12-16 S LETITIA STREET #402
Philadelphia, PA 19106
OLD CITY
1 Bed / 1 Bath
690 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7216304
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 293,250
12-16 S LETITIA STREET #402 | Philadelphia, PA 19106
OLD CITY
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
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Square Ft
7216304
Condo
1
1
690 s.f.
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
Beautiful Condo in highly esteemed Old City ready for a quick move in! This unit has been completely updated with hardwood floors throughout, 4 ft. entry coat closet, ceiling fan, and fresh and cheerful neutral paint. Exposed brick and original beams highlight an old world quality preserved, while complimenting the many modern updates throughout. Kitchen includes glass tile back splash, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, double sink, marble floors, and pantry with plentiful storage. Your kitchen opens up to the bright and spacious living room with large windows offering sunny, natural light. The bedroom is generously sized with plenty of closet space (2 6ft closets)and slightly lofted, offering quiet and privacy. Bathroom houses a Jacuzzi bathtub and washer/dryer. The common areas of the building have just been redone, creating an elegant entrance to the building. A common roof deck will be brand new and finished soon! If you are looking to immerse yourself in city living this is the ULTIMATE location just steps from the El, popular restaurants like world renowned Zahav, and summertime fun spot Spruce Street Harbor Park. A Walk Score~ of 99, this location can't be beat! Photos from similar unit in building.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 315,000
2301 CHERRY STREET #11C
Philadelphia, PA 19103
LOGAN SQUARE
1 Bed / 1/1 Bath
1,088 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7214884
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 315,000
2301 CHERRY STREET #11C | Philadelphia, PA 19103
LOGAN SQUARE
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7214884
Condo
1
1/1
1,088 s.f.
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
This 1 bedroom / 1.5 baths pet-friendly condo in River's Edge is ready for your personal touch! Multi-level residence with indoor garage parking and a large private balcony with unobstructed sunset views. Enter into a large foyer with an enormous coat closest, laundry room with full-size washer/dryer and powder room. Walk down to an open living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen with a passthrough, then step onto your balcony with views for miles and miles. The lower level has a huge ensuite with multiple closets and more views of the city. Close to 30th St Station, UPenn & Drexel, Trader Joe's, the new Whole Foods, Phila Museum of Art & the Barnes Foundation, easy access the Schuylkill Banks River Trail, fabulous restaurants, and all local highways. Huge common roof deck in addition to the private balcony. Condominium fee includes 24hr desk staff, parking & basic cable. Deeded Parking. Greenfield School district
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 475,000
1102 N 2ND STREET #608
Philadelphia, PA 19123
FISHTOWN
2 Bed / 2 Bath
0 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7214521
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 475,000
1102 N 2ND STREET #608 | Philadelphia, PA 19123
FISHTOWN
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
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Square Ft
7214521
Condo
2
2
0 s.f.
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Center City
Welcome to North Liberty Triangle! Situated in a prime location in Northern Liberties, this 84-unit new construction project features both 2 Bedroom and 3 Bedroom homes, with 2 Full Baths, Open Floor Plans, Gourmet Kitchens, spacious Living Areas, Amenities, and more! This unit features a well-appointed Kitchen that opens up nicely into the Living Area, making a beautiful space for entertaining guests. The Living Area includes access to your private Balcony as well as large windows that allow for tons of natural light to pour onto your hardwood floors. The Master Suite features a designer walk-in closet and gorgeous En-Suite that includes an oversized walk-in shower and designer tile throughout. The Guest Bedroom includes a large closet and easy access to the 2nd Full Bath, also complete with designer tile throughout. You'll be in awe of the show-stopping, stylized spiral staircase that leads up to your private Roof Deck, featuring breathtaking views of the city! Build your dream home by purchasing early in the construction phase for the opportunity to select your home finishes. Meet with a specialist to design your Kitchen, Baths, Fixtures and more throughout, to build your home to your style. Our designer Kitchen packages feature stunning quartz countertops, soft close cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, modern backsplashs... just to name a few! North Liberty Triangle features a Common Area Lobby with the convenience of an elevator along with amenities such as an Exercise Room and Common Area Room with Wet Bar. PLUS, opt-in to purchase a GARAGE PARKING space, available for an additional cost. Don't miss the community courtyard and convenience of being located a short walk from popular dining, nightlife, entertainment and grocers! **North Liberty Triangle is currently under construction. Featured photos are of a recently completed Streamline home. Condo Fees & Tax Numbers are estimates only.**
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 550,000
7 N COLUMBUS BOULEVARD #204
Philadelphia, PA 19106
PENNS LANDING
3 Bed / 3/1 Bath
2,223 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7215535
Courtesy of Allan Domb Real Estate
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 550,000
7 N COLUMBUS BOULEVARD #204 | Philadelphia, PA 19106
PENNS LANDING
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7215535
Condo
3
3/1
2,223 s.f.
Courtesy of Allan Domb Real Estate
Completely updated three-story three bedroom, three and a half bathroom townhome style condominium. The home's designer kitchen features stainless steel appliances including an industrial stainless steel hood, breakfast bar and mosaic tile backsplash. Open to the kitchen is a large dining room perfect for entertaining. There is an open/sunken living room with pristine hardwood floors, a fireplace, recessed lights and oversized windows offering marina and river views. The first floor has a marble appointed powder room off of the dining room with a modern wood vanity. The second floor of the home includes a spacious master bedroom with custom closets and oversized windows offering waterfront views. A full ensuite master bathroom has been beautifully appointed in marble and includes a luxurious whirlpool spa and a separate walk-in shower with floor-to-ceiling frameless glass doors. The second floor guest bedroom features a custom closet and large windows overlooking the building's landscaped courtyard. There is a full guest bathroom appointed in marble. A laundry closet houses a stainless steel stackable Whirlpool washer/dryer and sink with modern wood vanity. The third level of the home leads to an open third bedroom with a fully updated ensuite marble bath. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a private 150 sf roof deck offering Delaware River views. One parking space in the building's secure underground park-and-lock garage is included. Residents at Pier 5 enjoy a twenty-four hour doorman and concierge service as well as common area maintenance, exterior building maintenance, snow and trash removal. Pier 5 is a pet friendly building (some restrictions may apply).
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 375,000
605 S 16TH STREET #1
Philadelphia, PA 19146
GRADUATE HOSPITAL
2 Bed / 1/1 Bath
1,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7213910
Courtesy of OCF Realty LLC
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 375,000
605 S 16TH STREET #1 | Philadelphia, PA 19146
GRADUATE HOSPITAL
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7213910
Condo
2
1/1
1,000 s.f.
Courtesy of OCF Realty LLC
Welcome to the condos at 605 South 16th!! Enter the front door of our lower level unit that leads into the living area of the open floorpan design of the first floor. The floorpan features plenty of natural light through the front Andersen windows. The living area is very spacious with natural hardwoods and half bath in the rear corner. The kitchen is "U" shaped with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, and tile backsplash. Go down the steps to the bedrooms with ample closet space. The full bath features custom tile work and Groehe plumbing fixtures. There is also a washer/dryer room with laundry hookups located next to the bathroom for convenience. Enjoy the INCREDIBLE views from the shared roof deck of this building as the skyline is just blocks to the North. Conveniently located just steps from South Street near all the restaurants, shopping, and a short walk from Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square.
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 299,900
1834 POPLAR STREET #2
Philadelphia, PA 19130
FRANCISVILLE
1 Bed / 1/1 Bath
1,104 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condo
MLS® #: 7213271
Courtesy of Elfant Wissahickon-Chestnut Hill
Under Contract
Contingency
$ 299,900
1834 POPLAR STREET #2 | Philadelphia, PA 19130
FRANCISVILLE
MLS® #
Property Type
Beds
Baths
Square Ft
7213271
Condo
1
1/1
1,104 s.f.
Courtesy of Elfant Wissahickon-Chestnut Hill
Impeccably maintained bi-level, one bedroom that will have you at hello! Spacious, bright, modern, and lovely. Completed just over 4 years ago by a reputable and established builder, this condo still feels almost brand new. Enter into a welcoming and open floorplan offering hardwood flooring, glass sliders on both ends with Juliet balconies, comfy living room, fresh L-shaped kitchen with white cabinets and black stone counters, dining space, and ample storage. Upstairs and toward the back you will find a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom and generous closet space. To the right is laundry, a wet bar, powder room, and flex space that these owners have turned into a work-out room and office space, but could easily transform into whatever suits your needs. Up one more level is the amazing roof deck with perfect skyline views, modular wooden decking, hose bib and electrical outlet, and enough space to lounge and dine!
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