Jared, Home Owner in Baltimore, MD

What's the average cost for a rooftop deck to be built. I am thinking the size would be around 20x12.

Asked by Jared, Baltimore, MD Mon Aug 2, 2010

There is already an external spiral stairwell leading to the roof from a door on the second level of the home. The house is a foreclosure and I am assuming they could not afford to finish it off. Either that, or there is an issue with the roof that prevented them from building the deck.

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My background is in architecture and I must agree that it's very hard to answer that question. Only a licensed contractor that has reviewed the site and the structure could determine the cost. You can control the cost only to a certain degree- with some of the aesthetic finishes. Research local contractors and meet with several to get estimates. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me!
Jillian Lennox
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 7, 2011
Hi Jared. Here's a great link to Remodeler's Magazine for projects in different areas:


Be very careful when you build a deck or anything on your roof. I was a GC for 15 years in Phila/NJ. Make sure you have a contractor that has done ROOF-specific work. Too many things can go wrong with the construction of a roof deck, so be careful.


Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 20, 2010
I am also in Baltimore and have thought about building a rooftop deck; I am wondering if you ever accomplished this? What costs did you incur? Would you recommend a specific contracter?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 12, 2013
It is VERY hard to answer that question, because there are so many variables. Trex or wood, vinyl or iron handrails, through roof access or outside stairs, on and on.

By and large, people downtown are spending anywhere from $4,000.00 to potentially $15,000.00 on these decks and even MORE if you really want to put some bells and whistles on it. Its all in the finishes.

I would be glad to help with the entire project, from estimating, project management, helping you find and get a contractor under a legal contract, of course the Renovation Financing and even stay with you until the project is finished.
Please contact me if I could be of any assistance. :)

Brent Kluge
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 20, 2010
I am a contractor in NYC the cost of roof top decks run at starting 55.00 to 75.00 sq .
so with that being said it does come with all the bells like solar lighting, garding its getting very popular all over iam starting one down town MANHATTAN cost is 65,000 if you need any advice please email at fixyourhomenow@gmail.com
thank you all ANTHONY
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