Little by little, the whole world is finally realizing the importance of protecting the environment and not doing harm to it. In urban architecture, engineering and design, green living has been making its way in. Although already present in some areas, roof gardens or green roofs have been implemented in urban areas due to the fact that living spaces in the city are smaller than country ones or in other places. You have to make the most of what you have.
Green roofs are great because they regulate the temperature, keeping the room below cool during summer and warm during winter. They also contribute to the environment by absorbing toxic and harmful impurities in the air, and by releasing oxygen.
If you want to have an outdoor living space or a garden, then you have to have a patio or roof area that’s spacious enough. But that aren’t the only requirements in building one. Here are some things to consider if you truly want a garden on your roof:
- Local regulations and ordinances
First and foremost, get to know local regulations and rental rules, and check in with the building’s owner if your dream roof garden is possible and permissible.
- Ask help from professionals
Buildings are not created equal. Or rather, constructed equal. Some buildings are not built to carry the additional load of a roof garden. Others may be able to but only in a limited amount of weight. Your architect or contractor can figure it out for you. Contact them as soon as possible so you won’t have to waste your time and effort on false preparations.
- Use less weight as possible
If the building can bear the load, always start with less weight for safety and reassurance. Use recycled plastic and glass to hold your plants, recycled Styrofoam to drain water, and potting soil to plant on.
- Figure out how the plants will be watered
Carrying buckets of water is fine if you live right below the garden. Considering you don’t mind the weight, spills, and repetition. But if summer is just around the corner or is already at your doorsteps, then you’ll definitely need a professional to help you out. Plants need constant watering during hot days. Calling your service provider is the wisest thing to do.
- Wind protection
Since your garden is situated atop, you will need a windbreaker installed. The rooftop will be windy. But you don’t have to block the wind entirely. You just need the windbreakers to interrupt wind flow and decrease it. This way, both your plants and windbreakers won’t suffer damage.
If you pass all the criteria then congratulations. But before you can start on your journey, you need to have a strong and well-maintained roof. Call Denver roofing or any local roofing company of your choice wherever you are to make preparations. Make the right plans and the right calls and you’ll surely bask in your new green roof. You’ll be helping the earth too.