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Hey Folks - have a question about using the roof of my attached garage as a deck/patio. I did this a few years ago using a product from Sani-Tred, which is basically a liquid rubber that is supposed to be able to hold up to the weather and also made to be walked on. To say the least I have been highly disappointed. It has cracked, gotten moldy, and looks like crap. The stuff was expensive too. I think I spent over $3K using their products.

 

Does anyone have any ideas on what other products would be a good alternative, or best practices on using flat roofs as decks? Thanks in advance!

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Hey Folks - have a question about using the roof of my attached garage as a deck/patio. I did this a few years ago using a product from Sani-Tred, which is basically a liquid rubber that is supposed to be able to hold up to the weather and also made to be walked on. To say the least I have been highly disappointed. It has cracked, gotten moldy, and looks like crap. The stuff was expensive too. I think I spent over $3K using their products.

Does anyone have any ideas on what other products would be a good alternative, or best practices on using flat roofs as decks? Thanks in advance!

I've got two decks that were built over my garages flat roofs. I can summarize my advice on one word... don't. Well, not quite don't do it at all, but don't walk directly on a flat roof covering. It will sag, the covering will crack and then you're in a world of hurt. I ended up having to rebuild one entire deck/roof with a proper slope, cover it with a waterproof membrane (EPDM) and then lay tile over it. The other one will have to be rebuilt soon as well. You can also install raised decking to protect the membrane.

I learned the hard way that the so called tough membranes aren't.

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I've got two decks that were built over my garages flat roofs. I can summarize my advice on one word... don't. Well, not quite don't do it at all, but don't walk directly on a flat roof covering. It will sag, the covering will crack and then you're in a world of hurt. I ended up having to rebuild one entire deck/roof with a proper slope, cover it with a waterproof membrane (EPDM) and then lay tile over it. The other one will have to be rebuilt soon as well. You can also install raised decking to protect the membrane.

I learned the hard way that the so called tough membranes aren't.

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I hear you on not doing it in the first place. It's such a waste of space, and made for a perfect spot to put an outdoor living area. When we did ours, we incorporated a slight slope. I probably should have went with the membrane like duradek, but I was concerned with the seams. 

 

Thanks for the advice and welcoming everyone!

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