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How to Build a Rooftop Deck in Washington, D.C.

Posted in: Deck Permits, Deck Tips, Deck Design, roof building tips, deck topics, deck boards, decks in Washington, D.C., rooftop decks

James Moylan

Thursday, January 26, 2017


What are the steps to building a rooftop deck in the District of Columbia?

If you’re interested in a rooftop deck project within the limits of Washington, DC, there are several things to keep in mind. Some of those considerations relate to rooftop deck projects in general, and some are special rules and regulations due to building in Washington, DC, itself. Regardless, make sure you and your design and build team take the following factors under advisement before launching into a rooftop project.

What is the best decking material for a rooftop deck in Washington, D.C.?

Posted in: Deck Design, roof building tips, deck questions

James Moylan

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen. Image used with permission from Danver Outdoor Kitchens

Best Deck Materials to Use for a Rooftop Deck or Rooftop Deck Replacement

A rooftop deck is fundamentally different than a ground-level deck, and that extends to the materials you should use as well. Because of the extreme sun and weather exposure a rooftop deck will have to endure, you and your design and build team will need to carefully think through exactly what you want to use to give you the best aesthetics, price point, and longevity.

Top 4 Things to Consider for the Pitch of Your Screened Porch's Roof

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Screen Porch in Maryland, roof building tips

James Moylan

Monday, March 09, 2015


Screened porches and exterior decks are similar in many ways. They are both used for leisure and are attached to the exterior of a home. The major difference that distinguishes a screened porch from a deck? A roof.

How Do You Frame a Cathedral Ceiling for a Screen Room Addition?

Posted in: roof building tips

James Moylan

Monday, February 16, 2015

cathedral ceiling for a gable roof screen room

How to frame a cathedral ceiling in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia

The following is the general process by which a cathedral ceiling is constructed. You may want to read our gabled roofing vocabulary cheat sheet before exploring this article.