The terrace represents one of the most lived environments of the house, especially during the summer, when the good weather favors the possibility of staying in outdoor places. This is why it is necessary to consider the terrace in the right way as if it were a real “added room” of the house. In addition, the terrace is used to offer the right logistic outlet to the apartment and therefore it must be preserved and furnished in an elegant and functional way. In this guide, we want to show you how to renovate a terrace that needs partial or total maintenance intervention. Let’s see what are the steps to take.
How to renovate a house?
You will need:
- Bituminous or liquid sheath
- Cementitious screed
- Floor tiles
- Waterproofed sheet
- Adhesive strips of nylon
Obtaining legal permits
It should also be added that specific permits are needed to renovate a terrace. These permits change according to whether a renovation of a new construction or a simple remake of ordinary maintenance must be carried out. In the first case, it will be necessary to provide the Cila, that is a sort of communication of the start of the works. In the second hypothesis, it will not be necessary to request any authorization in advance from the Municipality to which it belongs.
Use the waterproofing sheet
The first thing to consider is the weather factor. The rainfall, for example, usually represents the worst enemy when you intend to renovate a terrace. It will therefore always be good to carry out the summer works and still cover the entire perimeter of the terrace with a waterproofing sheet when there is a real danger of rain. It is equally important to cover the perimeter walls in order to prevent them from getting dirty. This can be accomplished by applying nylon strips.
Apply the sheath
Before starting work, you will also need to have all the materials available, in order to avoid having to buy things at the last moment, thus causing unnecessary waste of time. The most important thing to choose is undoubtedly the waterproofing membrane. In this regard, there are different types: there is the bituminous type and the liquid type. The first type must be laid with the flame method. The important thing is to lay two sheets with a 4 mm thick polyester fiber reinforcement. This operation is very delicate because the sheath must be laid carefully without leaving cracks or holes. Otherwise, the infiltrations will soon begin to materialize. The cement screed must then be placed over the sheath, which must be equipped with metal protection.
Use the roller for laying
The other type of sheath which can be used for the renovation of a terrace is the liquid type and is laid with the roller as if it painted, directly on the screen. This part of the work is very demanding because the sheath must be laid without leaving spaces, in a perfect way, without risers and lumps and above all it is very important that the material is of high quality, otherwise a completely useless work will have been done: this is because, if you have used only an exclusively water-repellent material, the risk will be that of having to carry out the entire renovation already after a few years. The advice, therefore, is to not economize too much on the materials, in order to avoid such unpleasant surprises but to always choose materials that guarantee maximum durability over time.
Take advantage of the Green Bonus
Finally, we remind you that, once the renovation work is completed, it will be possible to take advantage of the 2019 Green Bonus, which will allow you to obtain an Irpef deduction specifically provided for this type of renovation. This deduction is 36% and can only be applied for a maximum expenditure of 5,000 euros. If then, the person carrying out the renovation lives inside an apartment building and this intervention concern a common good, you can also take advantage of the same deduction for the intervention works on the terrace.
To renovate the terrace, use bituminous fiberglass sheaths that are at least 10-15 mm thick.
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