Security and Safety

Throwing Summer Rooftop Parties

By Staci Parks 6.4.18

The promise of open-air gatherings means it’s time to reevaluate your outdoor space — especially if you revel in playing host. As the days grow longer and the nights warmer, there’s something alluring about a well-equipped and smartly designed balcony or rooftop. Both features add character to your home instantly, and — undeniably — are the best places to catch a colorful, storied Texas sunset.

Check for Safety

Balconies and rooftops are charming features, but they can be dangerous if not properly maintained and inspected. If your home is older, this may require a visit from a home inspector. Texas is no stranger to extreme, incessant heat — and summers can bring severe weather — so consider doing seasonal maintenance checks.

Create a Solid Foundation

  • Try something like fire-resistant composite wood decking, which gives you the look of traditional wood without the worry of termites or rot.
  • Rubber flooring is something to consider if you have young children (it’s shock-absorbent) or older visitors (and slip-resistant).

Raise the Railing

Your guest list might range from curious toddlers to unleashed dogs, so keep them in mind when preparing your rooftop parties.

  • Typically, railings should stand about 3 feet above the balcony or rooftop floor.
  • The slats around the balcony should have 4 inches of space or less between them.
  • If you’re looking for extra security, consider adding plexiglass.

Light It Up

Chances are, most of your outdoor parties will take place in the evening. The right lights will lend ambience while enhancing safety.

  • Avoid placing lighting near materials or plants that could easily burn. (A succulent could be perfect here.)
  • Consider a weather-resistant outdoor receptacle with a cover. This will keep the adjoining plug dry during a summer shower.

Get It Covered

If you have lingering questions about your outdoor space, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance can help you make sure you have the right coverage for your new addition. Most importantly, enjoy soaking up summer from your new favorite spot.

Coverage and discounts are subject to qualifications and policy terms and may vary by situation.

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