Trusted Deck Builder in Boston, MA

Build a deck on your Boston home and enhance the beauty and function of your outdoor living space. Just imagine the gentle sounds of laughter and conversation as you entertain friends and family on your new deck.

Roof Hub takes pride in transforming unused outdoor areas into stunning, functional, and inviting extensions of your home and daily life.

With a wide range of deck styles, materials, and expert services, start your quote today to see why hundreds of customers in Boston and throughout Massachusetts recommend us to their friends and family.

If you prefer to speak with one of our experts over the phone, call (857) 237-7648

Should You Build A New Deck or Repair Your Old One?

Do you need a new deck built, or are you replacing an old one that has reached the end of its service life? Either way, your deck project will require a custom solution.

Roof Hub takes care of everything involved in building your new deck, making sure the decking specifications match your property's layout exactly. So whether you need to match the look of a Victorian Brownstone in Back Bay or a Modern Colonial in Milton, we’ve got you covered.

First, let’s put what’s in your head on paper. After that, we’ll discuss all the planning, permitting, and material ordering, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. After installing the deck in an efficient timeframe, stay protected with a X year deck warranty.

New Deck Building Process

Building a brand new deck from scratch can be both exciting and daunting. You know something fun is about to happen, but with so many options, it’s hard to make the decisions that get the process started. Much like Netflix, bedtime comes before you choose the thing you’re completely satisfied with…

While we can’t help you decide between watching The Crown or Black Mirror, we can lend you our deck building expertise to make sure your new deck project moves along in time for Spring.

So if you are uncertain about where to begin, Roof Hub is here to guide you from "I think want a new deck" to hosting backyard BBQs without any of the indecision and hassle that arises from attempting to do it all on your own.

Here’s what you can expect when hiring Roof Hub to build your home’s new deck:

  1. Custom Deck Designs: Every home and yard is unique, so your deck must be too. Share your space with a deck specialist and we’ll determine which deck types and materials will structurally fit the build location. Our custom designs are guaranteed to complement your home’s architecture and your personal style. Whether you prefer a classic wood deck or a modern deck built with composite materials, we’ll make sure the deck is functional, and you get all those “this deck looks beautiful!” compliments at the BBQ.
  2. Material Selection for New England’s Weather: Choose from a range of high-quality materials built for Boston, including pressure-treated wood and durable composites. New England’s weather makes this a critical step, so your deck’s lifespan is decades, not years. You don’t need to know what rebar, stringers, or balusters are– we’ll handle all that.
  3. Professional Deck Installation: High-end carpentry and trim work are our specialty, so you’ll feel comfortable knowing every aspect, from the foundation to the fasteners is hammered out by skilled craftsman with years of finish carpentry experience. Your deck will have secure framing and a flawless finish as we adhere to the highest construction standards, guaranteeing your deck is not only beautiful but also structurally sound.
  4. Permit and Regulations Compliance: Deck code compliance for new builds can be a rabbit hole of legal terms. That’s why we seamlessly handle every aspect of permitting and Boston building code compliance, ensuring your dream deck aligns perfectly with local regulations. From building permits, zoning, and setback requirements, to adherence to the International Residential Code (IRC), we’ve been there, and we’ll be there for you too.
  5. Enhanced Outdoor Living: A well-planned deck brings the party outside, offering a new spot for relaxation, entertainment, and enjoying nature. Bird watching, anyone? Anyways… Roof Hub focuses on the art of facilitating a seamless transition between your existing indoor and new outdoor space, enhancing your overall living experience. So whether it’s a family-friendly patio or a garden deck creation you’re looking for, know that your transformation is in good hands.
  6. Long Term Protection: When you choose Roof Hub for you new deck in Boston, you’ll stay protected with a 5 year non-prorated labor and material* warranty. If anything happens from install day until your deck’s 5 year birthday party, we’ve got you covered (as long as we get an invite to the birthday party).

*Product warranties for decking and railings will fall on the manufacturer.

Old Deck Upgrades and Repairs (Re-Decking)

For homes with pre-existing decks that have either aged or deteriorated, re-decking services are available in Boston’s neighborhoods like Cambridge and Southie and surrounding towns like Milton and Weymouth.

The first step in refreshing an old deck is to inspect the structure. If the foundation or ledger is failing or wasn’t installed correctly in the first place, you’ll need to tear it down, and then build a new deck. But if everything is structurally sound, then you can proceed with your enhancement plans.

Roof Hub can revitalize old decks by replacing damaged components, updating materials like railings or hardware, and expanding the overall design to make the deck larger. As long as your deck is in good enough condition to proceed with an upgrade, re-decking services are a more cost-effective alternative to a complete deck replacement and can significantly extend the life of an outdoor living space.

One common deck renovation we perform in the city of Boston is safety upgrades, such as new railing installation or the reinforcement of structural elements.

Types of Decks Built in Boston

Located directly in South Boston and building decks across all of Greater Boston, Roof Hub has developed a reputation for being one of Boston’s most respected Roof Deck installers in the city. Roof decks are one of the most intricate deck projects you can take on, so know that our experience makes us highly prepared to take on your regular deck installation too.

Here are some of the more popular residential decks you can have installed:

  • Attached Decks

    An attached deck is a common construction project for us in the city and suburbs. These are the most common type of deck, characterized by a direct connection to the house’s exterior wall.

    • Attached decks are best for: creating an extension of your living space and offering easy access, they’re great when paired with a full or partial screened porch.

    • Construction: Anchored directly to the house framing, typically with a ledger board attached to the exterior wall. It requires careful waterproofing and flashing to prevent leaks.

    • Homeowner considerations: Discuss attachment points with the builder to ensure structural integrity and compatibility with your house siding. Ensure proper flashing and drainage to avoid water intrusion.

  • Detached Decks

    Also known as Freestanding, Platform, or Detached Island Decks, these types stand alone from the house, offering an independent outdoor space. They’re perfect for larger backyards and can be designed in various shapes and sizes.

    • Detached decks are best for: larger backyards and yards with limited space to build a new deck right next to your house.

    • Unique construction: a freestanding structure supported by posts or piers, requiring a sturdy foundation and stable ground. May need permits, depending on size and local regulations.

    • Considerations when hiring a deck builder: Choose a builder experienced in detached deck construction. Factor in foundation costs and potential permit requirements. Consider access points and distance from the house.

  • Multi-Level Decks

    These decks, which frequently have multiple levels and connect them with stairs, are well known for maximizing any property’s outdoor potential.

    • Multi-level decks are best for: sloping terrain or creating separated areas for different types of activities—artfully delineating dining, lounging, or just hanging out outside on your newly built deck. Decks with multiple levels are great for spaces where a smaller deck can be built up top in order to get a great view of a landmark like Fenway Park or beautiful scenery like the Boston Seaport District.

    • Unique construction: involves building multiple tiers connected by stairs or ramps, demanding precise planning and load-bearing calculations.

    • Considerations when hiring a deck builder: Clearly communicate your desired layout and functionality to the builder. Discuss safety features like railings and proper stair design. Factor in additional costs for stairs and potential foundation work for each level.

  • Wrap-Around Decks

    These decks extend along two or more sides of a house, providing expansive outdoor living areas. Building a deck that wraps around your house is popular for homes along the South Shore of Massachusetts.

    • Wrap-Around decks are best for: large families, homeowners who host frequent social gatherings, and houses with beautiful panoramic views.

    • Unique construction: Extends along multiple sides of the house, requiring additional support beams and careful planning for weight distribution.

    • Homeowner considerations: Choose a builder familiar with wrap-around deck construction challenges. Discuss potential clearance issues with doors and windows. Plan for seamless transitions between deck sections and proper drainage.

  • Rooftop Decks and Patios

    Roof decks are our specialty. These decks are built on the rooftop of a building, creating an elevated space for entertaining and enjoying the city’s skyline. They require special considerations for waterproofing and access but offer endless views from your building across the Boston area.

    • Unique construction: Requires waterproofing membranes, structural reinforcement of the roof, and specialized access points like hatches or stairways.

    • Homeowner considerations: Choose a builder with expertise in rooftop deck construction and relevant building codes. Discuss weight limitations and their potential impact on your roof structure. Ensure proper drainage and access points for maintenance.

    • Considerations when hiring a deck builder: Ensure they are familiar with roofing, as the deck is built directly on top of the roof. This is one of the benefits of choosing Roof Hub for your roof deck installation; we’re experts in both.

Choose from Deck Materials Built for Boston’s Climate

Wood Decking

Wood decking gives a warm and inviting outdoor atmosphere that feels like home, perfect for enjoying Boston’s changing seasons outside with friends and family.

Choose from a variety of wood options, including:

  • Cedar
  • Redwood
  • Pressure-treated lumber

Composite Decking

Enjoy the beauty of wood without the hassle of maintaining it yourself or paying someone else to help with upkeep. Composite decking materials are a durable and low-maintenance alternative to wood, designed to better withstand Boston’s weather. They are perfect for busy homeowners looking for a functional outdoor space.

Design the Deck of Your Dreams

Work closely with our design experts to create a deck that suits your style, needs, and budget. We’ll help you choose the right materials and layout for your space. Enhance your deck with features like built-in benches, pergolas, railings, lighting, and fire pits. We’ll add those personal touches to make your deck uniquely yours.

Following Deck Construction Regulations

Oooooo, the legal aspects of new deck construction. This is the fun part, so we’ll leave it to you!

Just kidding…

Regulations for all deck installs in Boston are handled by the Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and many of the codes and zoning laws have been adopted from the Chapter 16 (Structural Design) of the International Building Code.

Our Boston Deck Permitting Process

Roof Hub handles all aspects of permitting and has lots of experience dealing with the Boston ISD for major projects like Commercial Roof Replacement and Roof Deck Construction, so your deck permitting and code compliance isn’t simple in general, but it’s right up our alley and easy for us.

  • Expert Consultation with Boston ISD: Our experienced team liaises directly with the Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) on your behalf. We determine the exact permits required for your deck, considering all critical factors like size, location, and design features.
  • Efficient Document Management: Roof Hub efficiently gathers and prepares all necessary documents for you. This includes detailed site and building plans engine and engineering plans for more complex installations. Our expertise ensures that all documentation is accurate and comprehensive.
  • Seamless Permit Application Submission: We handle the entire permit application process, from filling out forms to submission. Our team is well-versed in the fee structure and ensures timely application to avoid any delays. We navigate the administrative complexities, allowing you to focus on your vision for the deck.
  • Dedicated Plan Review and Approval Handling: Once submitted, we actively follow up with the ISD during the review process. Our team is equipped to make any necessary edits or provide additional information as requested. This proactive approach aims to expedite the approval process.
  • Organized Inspection Scheduling: Upon approval, Roof Hub coordinates all required inspections throughout the construction phase. We ensure that each stage of the deck construction complies with Boston’s building codes, guaranteeing both safety and quality.

Restrictions for Deck Building in Boston, MA

Zoning regulations for deck installations in Boston are strict and complex. Boston’s ISD has this deck install checklist that can help make doing the project the right way easy for homeowners. Below are some key restrictions you’ll need to know about when planning your project.

How close can my deck be to my neighbors property?

Keep setbacks in mind when planning a deck’s location. Setbacks are the minimum distance your deck must be from your property lines. Think of it as a buffer between where the deck ends and your neighbor’s yard. According to Boston Zoning Ordinance, Article XI, Section 11.4.H, the minimum setback from the front property line is 10 feet for Residential A districts and 8 feet for is 10 feet for buildings Two-Family Residential districts.

How tall can my deck be?

According to Boston Zoning Ordinance, Article V, Section 5.8.C, the maximum height your deck above ground level (or above grade) is 8 feet for most of Boston’s zoning districts. Lot size and distance to other structures can affect these height restrictions, so we will review your specific zone while drawing plans for your new deck.

How big can my deck be?

In Boston’s One-Family Residential Districts, a deck’s total area cannot exceed 30% of the lot area, according to Boston Zoning Ordinance, Article XI, Section 11.4.I. How big your deck can be depends on the size of your yard. So if you were looking to turn your entire yard into one big deck, you can’t, but don’t blame us.

Do I need an engineer to install a deck in Boston?

Structural Design: Decks exceeding certain size or complexity thresholds require engineered plans and a stamped drawing from a licensed engineer. For example, single-level decks exceeding 12 feet in depth or with spans exceeding 8 feet require an engineer’s seal. (Source: International Residential Code [IRC] R506.1.1, as adopted by the City of Boston)

How tall do deck railings need to be?

A fall height is how far of a fall a deck is from the ground. Spooky. In Boston, regulations for railings are:

  • All decks with a fall height of more than 30 inches must have guardrails that are least 36 inches high.
  • Decks on the 2nd floor and above require 42” railing height

Technical requirements also exist for baluster spacing, handrail dimensions, and material limitations, but we don’t need to cover those here. For more reading on these rules, review IRC R310.8, which was adopted by the City of Boston.

Following Regulations for Deck Stairs

All stairs attached to your deck must follow laws for tread depth, riser height, handrail extensions, and proper landings. IRC R311.7.1 was also adopted by the City of Boston and has detailed information on these rules governing means of egress.

Electric & Plumbing Rules

If you want lighting, fans, or outlets so you can charge your phone while scrolling Instagram, you will need a separate electrical permit on top of the deck installation permit. The same goes for plumbing if you plan on adding sinks or an outdoor shower to your upgraded backyard oasis. The Boston Inspectional Services Department website has more information on these types of permits.

Deck Project Specifics for Boston

How much does it cost to build a deck in Boston?

Deck pricing in Boston ranges from $50 to $200+ per square foot. The range is large because of the many possibilities for building a deck in Boston, from Rooftop patio construction to a simple free-standing deck in a back yard.

Project pricing is based on the size, material, and location of the deck installation.

How long does it take to complete a deck project in Boston?

Deck installation timelines vary from 1 to 3 weeks depending on project complexity, with the average being 1 week.

For smaller decks, most new builds can be completed in 1 week. And for larger projects that require multi-level construction and intricate foundations with complicated excavation, the timelines can extend to 2 to 4 weeks.

Choosing an Reputable Deck Contractor in Massachusetts

Homeowners interested in adding a deck or renovating an existing one can start their estimate with Roof Hub today. We will make sure the project gets done on time and that the deck is built even better than you could have ever imagined it.

Installation Timeline, And Other Common Questions

Building a rooftop patio space is perhaps the most fun home remodeling project you can make for your home. Below are common questions asked to us by homeowners before beginning a roof deck project with Roof Hub. If you have any other questions, we're only a phone call away! Call us today: (857) 237-7648 or us the form on our contact page.

The lifespan of a deck in Massachusetts depends heavily on your material choice and maintenance habits:

  • Pressure-treated wood: With proper care, expect 10-20 years.
  • Cedar: A well-maintained cedar deck can last 15-25 years.
  • Composite: Composite decking offers the longest lifespan at 25+ years.

Massachusetts's harsh winters and freeze-thaw cycles place additional stress on deck structures. Regular cleaning, sealing (for wood decks), and addressing any damage promptly extends your deck's life regardless of the material used.

Yes, you should consider a covered or partially covered deck for Boston's climate. Here's why:

  • Extended Outdoor Season: A covered portion protects you from rain and harsh sunlight, allowing you to enjoy your deck more often throughout the year.
  • Snow Protection: A cover keeps snow off part of your deck, reducing weight load and making maintenance easier.
  • Furniture Preservation: Covered areas shield your outdoor furniture from fading and weather damage.
  • Resale Value: Covered decks are a desirable feature in Boston, potentially boosting your home's value.

Consider whether you want full coverage or just a section, as this will impact cost and the amount of natural light on your deck.

There are not any financial incentives or rebates for new deck construction in Boston that we know of.

If your home is in a historic district, special tax credits or grants might be available for restorations, which could potentially include a deck if it aligns with the property's historical character, although this is unlikely.

As long as the roof deck builder follows Massachusetts code, then roof decks are structurally safe.

Once the deck is built. day-to-day safety is up to you. As long as you avoid tomfoolery near the railings, then you shouldn't have an safety issues on your deck.

The amount of maintenance needed on a deck in Massachusetts depends largely on the material:

  • Pressure-Treated Wood: The most maintenance-intensive. Requires annual cleaning, and sealing or staining every 2-3 years to protect against rot and weather damage.
  • Cedar: Naturally more resistant to rot and insects. Still needs annual cleaning and sealing/staining every 3-5 years for a long lifespan.
  • Composite: The lowest maintenance option. Requires cleaning once or twice a year, but no sealing or staining is needed.

Regardless of material, additional maintenance practices in Massachusetts' climate include:

  • Winter Preparation: Clear snow and ice buildup to prevent damage.
  • Prompt Repairs: Address loose boards, protruding nails, etc., to prevent bigger problems.
  • Drainage Checks: Ensure proper drainage around your deck to avoid rot and foundational issues.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure a beautiful and long-lasting deck in Massachusetts.

Yes, building a deck in Massachusetts will likely increase your property taxes. Here's why:

  • Increased Assessed Value: Property taxes are calculated based on your home's assessed value. A deck adds square footage and improves the overall value of your property, leading to a higher assessment.
  • Tax Rate: While the deck doesn't directly change your tax rate, the increased assessed value means that existing rate is applied to a larger number.

Please note that Roof Hub is a roofing and deck building company in Boston, not a Tax Professional or financial Advisor. This is not financial advice. The specific tax increase depends on the size and value of your deck, as well as your local tax rates. Contact your town or city assessor's office for an estimate of the potential impact on your tax bill, or speak with a CPA.

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