Did you know a roof garden can....

created on: 06/05/08

Triple the life expectancy of a roof membrane? How about reduce air-conditioning load up to 25%? Besides these cost-saving factors, garden roofs also reduce noise pollution, reduce stress via horticultural therapy, provide habitat to wildlife and a spot to grow food. These are just a few reasons,  that we might consider greening up our roofs. And if you think you need a flat roof for a garden, you’d be wrong. Apparently rooftops with a pitch of 6:12 (that means they rise 6 inches for every 12 inches they run) can be home to a garden. Also, if you’re worried about the weight on the roof, there are lightweight green rooftops options that add as little as 12 pounds per square foot. Still iffy about planting a garden on the roof of your house? You might want to consider starting out slowly and putting one on a detached garage or garden shed. For more information, download a free copy of roofbloom.org’s excellent ‘Green Your Garage: Volume One’.

created on: 06/05/08

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DesigningMom on Jun 09, 2008:

Wow! What an awesome idea. I've head of this done on highrises, but never on a standard roof. I'd love to do this on our back deck. Right now I'm working on a container veggie garden there. Maybe someday we'll have to change it to this type of gardening. Talk about going green! It would be nice if apartment dwellers were allowed to do this on their decks.

~Becky <><

bruno on Jun 06, 2008:

Wow, this look so cool! I have a flath roof over my living room (an adddition from the fifties), and I wonder what it would cost to do something like this (it's about 300 square feet). Anybody have any experience/ideas?

Is this feasible without having to replace the whole roof?

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