Hardscape Floors vs Roofs

With a lack of adequate hardscape tools in Revit, many firms and individuals have taken to modeling hardscape with a variety of other families. Two of the most popular hardscape alternatives are Floors and Roofs. They are quite similar in their structure and they can both be modified by sub-elements.

When I was first introduced to the concept of modifying sub-elements it was actually via a Roof. As I have seen the topic discussed and presented, it seems like Roofs are quite popular among architects and structural engineers, perhaps because they are more familiar with shape-editing Roofs. But after using both Floors and Roofs for hardscape, I have found Floors to be the better option.

Here are the reasons why I use Floors for my hardscape (and not Roofs):

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Topo Above Structure

Topo in Revit has several issues that make it difficult to manage. One of these issues becomes quite obvious if you ever try to model Topography on the top of a building or any other structure. It can be done, but the result is that the structure is full of Topo…

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