If you run a hobby store, you know that your patrons have to frequently trek back to your shop for parts to replace damaged or worn components. Keeping those patrons on site with an RC car track can drastically increase your profits while providing everyone a fun, safe place to play with their vehicles. If you do not have a lot of ground space for a track, consider using your flat roof. When you convert your roof into a race space, you will bring people far and wide to your shop in hopes of competing with fellow enthusiasts. Furthermore, converting your roof into a racetrack gives you a chance to handle all of the roofing repairs you have on your to-do list. To create a safe spot for racing, you will need to have your roofing professional from a place like RTN Roofing Systems install the right materials according to local building codes. Here are some things to consider before starting on this fun project.
Choosing Your Materials
Your flat roof will sustain tons of foot and small vehicle traffic during its time as a racetrack. You will need to select heavy-duty materials that resists wear from both friction and weather. The four following materials are viable options for this type of project.
- Torch Down: Layers of asphalt bound together using intense heat from a torch.
- Rubber: Liquid rubber membrane placed over a solid layer of wood or metal.
- Slate Tiles: Thick slate tiles installed flat with grout between the seams.
- Composite: Composite boards secured above the surface to create a deck-like structure.
You will not want to use materials with weak seams, especially PCV plastics, as the materials cannot withstand pressures from above. Even the tiniest bit of traffic will break apart the hot air sealed seams of PCV and cause the roof to leak when it rains or snows.
The type of reinforcements needed for the roof depend on your original structure and local building codes. Before buying any materials, roofers will take some time to assess your building's ability to bear heavy loads.You may need to have the wooden truss supports replaced with reinforced steel ones to hold up the combined weight of your roofing materials and patrons. With the truss upgrade, the exterior load bearing walls may need reinforcement work to assist in maintaining stability of the roof structure.After reinforcing the roof and exterior walls, you have the option to eliminate interior load bearing walls downstairs to create an open floor plan.
Your roofer may also suggest installing steel deck materials above the trusses to support the upper finish components. In between these two materials, roofers place a thick layer of underlayment to protect your building from leaks.
You will also need to have solid barriers installed at the edges of the roofline to keep the vehicles and patrons safe from falls. To create strong railings, your roofer will secure the main posts to thick steel plates using galvanized lag bolts or reinforced screws.
Building Your Track
To protect your roofing materials from abrasions caused by the RC car's undercarriage, and keep your driving space versatile for all car types, use removable material cutouts to create the tracks used for each session. You can create each track out of rubber, carpet or linoleum materials. You can also create wooden track pieces with a bit of texture by covering the roadway with paint mixed with a bit of sand.
Keep the vehicles on the track by setting up inner and outer barriers out of large diameter plastic hose, thick rope or tall garden fencing. You can secure the barriers in place using hook and loop tape or double-sided adhesive strips. Add realism and give your patrons somewhere to perform repairs by constructing a pit area out of extra materials.