Green Roof

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TJLinc, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. TJLinc

    TJLinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Hey guys,

    I have always wanted to do a green roof. Never thought that I would have the opportunity to do one in my area. Well I just got a set of plans for a lakefront home that has 2 four car garages each of which is supposed to have a green roof.

    My contractor has asked for my help on this. So, I am asking for yours. Guys that have done it, I would love to hear tips, where to get materials, etc.

  2. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    What did the architect or engineer spec in the drawings?
  3. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Messages: 1,182

    Yeah, we have done several- none of the details were left to us. We just installed it.

    What part of it do you have to figure out?
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  4. dieselfuel

    dieselfuel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Need more details. I used to design them for a large firm and am now a certified installer.
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  5. TJLinc

    TJLinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    See, thats the crazy thing about this. I have the plans, and unless they didn't send the entire set to me there are no specifications other than that they want a green roof on those 2 buildings. So, any info is appreciated.
  6. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,545

    The first thing i would want to know is if that roof structure can handle the weight. Soil and plant's can add a lot of pound's quick. If that checked out i would want to know how the drainage was set up. Water can kill a structure, fast.
  7. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,155

    Then you call them up and ask where the details are. If there are none then you tell your client that they need to hire somebody who is competent in the area of green roof design. Let somebody else take the professional liability for the design. Don't install anything unless you have a full set of plans from a licensed architect.
  8. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    totally agree. Way too many variables at play here and unless you're getting compensated for designing and estimating the project, it's going to be a huge time sink.

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