Can I install my green roof myself?
Yes you can depending on the size of job. We offer specially tailored DIY packs with instructions for your installation.
Can I put a green roof on an existing building?
Yes you can. The building must first be checked, to ensure that it is strong enough to carry your green roof. Waterproofing must be in good condition.
Can I have a green roof on my sloped roof?
Yes. There are many different ways to set up growing media and drainage supports to keep the green roof from moving. In terms of cost however the price will increase with the steepness of the slope. However we do love a challenge.
Can I grow food on my roof?
Yes. You can grow hearty drought tolerant herbs like rosemary, thyme, and chives on a green roof very successfully.
Can I use potting soil or any soil from the ground on a green roof?
NO! This is recipe for disaster. Substrate is used not because it sounds cool or is an accessory designed by manufacturers. Substrate is specially mixed and selected lightweight materials composed mainly of mineral components with very little organic matter that has been sterilized. This allows for proper water retention and drainage which is key for a green roof's success.
Is there any maintenance involved in a green roof?
Yes but only a small amount, we will provide you with a Free Maintenance Programme, giving you advice and easy to follow steps. It’s easy to create your own prize winning roof.
Do I need to water my green roof?
During the first year, regardless of plants or system used, it is recommended that you water to aid establishment. In general, for a green roof to be "green” in terms of being ecologically friendly it shouldn't need to be watered after the first year. Irrigation wastes water and energy, both are what the green roof should be conserving.
How long will my roof last with a green roof?
A properly installed and maintained green roof should extend the life of the roof 4 - 5 times its normal life. 30 to 50 years is not an unusual lifespan for green roofs in Europe.
Will my Green roof be waterproof?
Your roof should be waterproofed prior to installing your green roof.