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Green Roofs Installation, Building Planting, Eco Architecture Tips, Sustainable Design
Green Roofs Design and Installation
Architecture Greenery – Vegetation on Property: Smart Planting on Building Roofs
12 Sep 2016
Green Roofs Design and Installation
An Introduction to Green Roofs from Four Experts
How easy are green roofs to install and maintain" While they benefit wildlife and the environment, what else should you consider before planting one"

Sarah Alcroft, Houzz Contributor
For many of us, there?s little nicer than gazing across an expanse of greenery, whether that?s a country meadow or an emerald patch in the city, so any extra square of planting is welcome. Green roofs are a great way not only to add greenery, but to encourage wildlife, protect your property and bring a little joy to all who can see them. And if you think they only belong on eco new-builds, think again. They can be added to many styles of roof, sloping or flat, from an extensive extension to a garden shed.
If you?re tempted by the thought of greening up your space but aren?t sure where to begin, read on for expert answers to the most common questions.
Professional advice from:

Tom Storrer of Sky Garden

John Brennan of JB Landscapes

Sam Thornell of Hart Design and Construction

Simon Berry of Natures Balance

Photo by Folio Design London – Search contemporary exterior pictures
 
What is a green roof"

A green or living roof is simply one that?s covered in vegetation. It can be a full-blown garden ? known as an ?intensive? green roof ? but the classic set-up we?re used to seeing on residential properties is a shallow expanse of low-growing plants, or an ?extensive? green roof. Extensive roofs are made up of a series of layers: a protecting layer covers the (waterproofed) roof, followed by a drainage board, which contains lots of little cups ? rather like an egg box ? to hold the water. Next there?s a filtration layer, a substrate layer, then the vegetation. The plants are either supplied as individual plugs or as a blanket of vegetation that can be rolled out. Green roofs are often seen on new builds, but they can also be retro-fitted onto some existing roofs, too. And the surface doesn?t have to be flat. ?Even 45º roofs can have greenery: they simply have special supports to stop the plants sliding down,? says Simon Berry of Natures Balance, who designed the shape and exterior finishes of this garden room.

Photo by Feldman Architecture, Inc. – Discover contemporary garden shed and building design ideas
 
What are the benefits"

There are so many benefits to having a green roof, it almost seems rude not to order one immediately. Very pleasingly, they increase biodiversity. ?Our wildflower roofs include 38 species of wildflowers and grasses, which attract insects such as bees and butterflies,? says Tom Storrer of Sky Garden. They also help to mitigate flash flooding. According to The Green Roof Centre in Sheffield, up to ...


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