Green Roof Design: Mistakes to Avoid Green Roof Design: Mistakes to Avoid

Creating an effective green roof design and layout is vital to any green roof construction. You cannot have a successful rooftop garden if you are not able to make a design that is within the safety parameters and at the same time, will allow the plants to grow and develop properly. Here are some common green roof design mistakes that you should avoid at all costs:

Rushing It

Any construction takes time. It’s not any different with the construction of a green roof. The fact is, this type of construction project requires extensive planning. This means you cannot rush it. Instead, you have to invest time and effort to ensure that you do it the right way. It is also very wise to consult professionals such as an architect or engineer so you know that you are in the right track.

Planning Short Term

A green roof is a long-term project. This is something that you should always keep in mind when designing the rooftop garden. For one, you cannot do away with quality. If you are going to buy materials for this, you need to get those that are of top quality to ensure that they will last a long time. These include everything from the plant containers to the windbreakers and so on. You would also need to consider the fact that plants are living objects that grow and develop. With this said, you have to create a design that gives ample space for them to expand. This is important so that you don’t end up with a garden that is cramped and crowded.

Ignoring Roof Structure

One of the biggest mistakes you can commit when designing the green roof is to forget or neglect the structure of the roof and the building. It is crucial to ensure that the roof is powerful enough to withstand the heavy load of the garden; same as for the structure of the building. Remember, not all structures are capable of handling excessive weight. Keep in mind that the garden is not the only load that the roof would need to take on but also people who will be going in and out of the rooftop garden. It may be necessary to make adjustments in the structural support of the building to keep things safe. Again, professional help would be of good use for this purpose.

Forgetting about Water and Drainage

Every garden needs water and drainage. With this said, you need to include these two important elements in the planning of the garden’s design. Although the roof plants will receive water from rainfall, this may not be sufficient especially during the dry and hot seasons. You may need to install automatic watering system or water storage system on the rooftop to ensure adequate watering. Apart from that, you also need to make sure that water will not accumulate in the rooftop as this will cause damage not only on the plants but also on the roof. See to it that proper water evacuation is in order.  

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