Recently, we were interviewed by a writer who asked about our experience with residential green roofs. Building on the article, featured on Forbes.com, we will sum up the steps you need to determine whether your home is suitable for a green roof.
- Hire a qualified engineer to determine whether the structure could safely hold the additional weight of a green roof.
- Have your roof inspected to determine whether it should be replaced or recovered before greening.
- Based on the pitch of the roof and accessibility, work with an experienced green roofer to determine how deep the soil should be and which plants are appropriate for the site.
- Set a budget. The amount of space you can green and the type of plants will depend on your budget.
- Review references from suppliers and contractors that you’re considering before ordering or signing a contract.
- Make a maintenance plan. How will you get on your roof to weed it? How will you water it? A well designed green roof will be low maintenance, but there is no such thing as a maintenance free green roof.