Rooftop patios or terraces are great getaway spots to host parties or family gatherings, especially in the summer when the weather is hot and the days are long. In this blog post, we want to give you some ideas for how to make the best of your rooftop patio.
Even if your rooftop balcony isn’t large, there are some great options to make it an inviting place and a perfect place just to lounge about. By choosing the right furniture, décor, and accessories, your rooftop patio will be the envy of all.
The entire reason to have a rooftop patio is to show off your view of the surrounding area. Whether that is for fireworks or just to see the city lights, you should arrange your rooftop patio in away to accommodate the view.
One option is to put in glass rails or panels so it won’t obstruct anything. Also, be sure you’re not getting in the way of the view when placing furniture, awnings or umbrellas.
An alternative possibility is using a glass enclosure. Although they’re more expensive, they’re also very worth the investment, especially since it will allow you to use your terrace year-round. Additionally, this will help the space capture more light, giving it the appearance of being more spacious.
You’ll have to think about the furniture that you’re going to use to decorate your rooftop patio. Make sure the furniture you buy matches to give a unified look to your outdoor space.
Hammocks and hanging chairs are very common for terraces, and for good reason – the are extremely comfortable. If you don’t have a lot of storage space available, we recommend choosing folding chairs and lounge chairs, and hammocks. That way, when you have to store them for the winter, they’ll hardly take up any space.
If you are particularly crafty, you could also consider making the furniture yourself, which is very common in rest and relaxation areas. Pallets are great for this project; you just have to sand them before using them. If you like its natural colour, you won’t even have to paint or coat them.
You’ll want to choose materials and a design that are made to last. Higher pitched roofs tend to last longer. Also, keep in mind that some materials need more care than others, so think about that before buying. You’ll also want to consider the material. Natural fibres like rattan or wicker tend to look great outdoors. They add a simple and very natural touch.
We touched on this but in this section, we’ll dive a little deeper into how you should place your furniture and other objects. This is especially difficult if you have bulky furniture or space is limited. However, if you set up a small space well, it will make it look more spacious than it really is.
If you are one of the lucky ones to have a large rooftop balcony, you can try to divide it into the following sections:
Lounging area: you can use sofas, hammocks, chairs to gather with friends and family. Umbrellas will shade you from the harsh sunlight.
Eating area: set up chairs, sofa, some cushions, and a low table to have an afternoon snack, lunch or dinner.
Garden area: plants and trees are fundamental to greenify your rooftop patio. They will make your rooftop patio look natural and colourful.
Dividing: If you have enough space, you can divide your rooftop patio or terrace into zones which will give it a beautiful clean and organize look.
It’s important to keep the area tidy and in order so it’s inviting and appealing to your guests.
When it comes to accessorizing your rooftop patios, some extras you can add are pergolas, umbrellas or awnings. Sunlight hits rooftops more directly, so it’s important to protect yourself from the elements, especially if you plan to use them during the middle of the day.
Another thing we can add to our terrace are textiles, like cushion covers, which are essential accessories for the rooftop. You might also want to consider rugs, which are great for the rest and relaxation area. Just remember to take anything inside that you don’t want to get wet.
Lastly, consider light bulbs as they make great decorations and can allow you to stay late into the night even when the sun fades. You don’t have to get buy fancy or expensive lights but a few well placed soft-glow lights can really make a difference to the space.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, decorating your rooftop patio doesn’t have to be difficult. You just have to set it up in a way that takes advantage of the space and choose a decorative style that matches your tastes and, preferably, your home’s interior.
If you have a rooftop patio, you should make sure that it is well maintained by having a roof inspection at least once a year to ensure that you enjoy the space for years to come.
If you need a roof replacement from a reputable contractor, call our team at Cambie Roofing. We are happy to help with any questions you may have about rooftop patios. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs.