Friday, February 8, 2013

Florida Green Roof Plants in Action

Lovely photo of an older green roof in Jacksonville ( 8+ years old ).  Note this roof is nature irrigated only and has survived several Tropical Storms, one with 23 inches ( 58 cm ) rainfall.  The roof has a 5/12 slope.
Lightweight Green Roof over sloped decking and asphalt shingles
Notice that I cut out a square of the Green Roof mat to examine the underlying waterproof barrier.   In doing so I removed the outside perimeter edges.  It is important to note that raw edges should never be left exposed to wind damage potential.

The entire system live loaded weighs less than ten pounds per square foot.

Green Roofs constructed on large commercial or institutional buildings are important, however just as important are those residential applications where existing asphalt shingles and sloped roofs can be incorporated.


Saundra Wordlaw said...

A green roof is very beneficial, but having it maintained can sometimes be frustrating. It’s because you’ll have to clean the plants and see to it if there’s any trash or debris. It can also attract insects inside, but if you’re the type of person who prioritizes cleanliness, then having a green roof for the house is a must. This type of roof is a good source of ventilation.

Allyson Duguay said...

I haven’t seen plants grow on top of a roof before. I think it looks both peculiar and amusing. It is kinda weird seeing grass grow out from your roof isn’t it? But I think it’s amazing to know that it could withstand many tropical storms. I should research more about green roofs, and maybe even try it.

Allyson Duguay

Sol Hendricks said...

I really find this concept of a green roof fascinating. I first read about it when the blogger saw an old house in France with a green roof and then there was this old museum where they made a garden on its roof. I think it’s great that people are making use of natural resources to come up with this kind of environmental project.

Sol Hendricks