Creating a green roof has great potential to beautify buildings and make a unique architectural statement, but it is also good for the environment. By getting to know the plant species that are adapted to the unusual growing conditions of a rooftop, everyone can plan its own living roof project and help to make the world a greener place.
However, there are many challenges that might be faced when installing green roofs.
Challenges associated with installing green roofs on new or existing buildings, if not properly reviewed or addressed, can increase costs and deter owners from installing such roofs. Potential challenges can include structural considerations, issues associated with installing a green roof on a historic building, knowledge of applicable codes, and issues associated with roof construction and maintenance. Green roofs occasionally fail to perform at the level for which they were designed. Potential failures include leaks, plant loss, inadequate drainage, soil erosion and slope instability.
The key challenges of installing green roof include:
Another important thing to consider is a selection of contractor. Inexperienced green roofing contractors can cause budget overruns and improperly installed green roofs and chronic performance problems.
While green roofs are definitely low maintenance, they aren’t no-maintenance. There are a few things that has to be done at least a few times per season to keep the green roof growing its best: