DIY Green Roof - 3 Simple Steps to Install a Green Roof
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With green roof trays you can install a beautiful green roof onto your shed, chicken coop, or any other outbuildings. CORE Landscape Products offers a Green Roof tray that ensures drainage is never compromised - our trays are built with water channels, preventing the soil from becoming saturated, preventing water damage, and ensuring your installation has an upper limit in the weight increase associated with increased water retention.
Core Green Roof trays are great for quick installation - you can plant the trays easily on the ground, then install them quickly by clicking together on the roof. We are all about minimizing risk, especially for DIYers! The less time spent up in the air the better.
3 Steps to Install your DIY Green Roof
1. Prepare Roof Area
Lay down a root barrier (on top of a structurally sound waterproof roof), using materials such as plastic sheeting or polypropylene geotextile fabric. If it is a large area or quite sloped (maximum slope 25 degrees for our product), you can edge the area in aluminum siding to ensure CORE Green Roof trays are securely installed. Measure the area and clip the trays to size.
2. Plant Trays
Fill the trays with a lightweight soil mix and plant with recommended hardy, drought tolerant plants (i.e. sedums and low growing herbs). You can consult your local nursery for ecosystem-appropriate plants.
3. Click together and enjoy!
Bring up the CORE Roof trays, simply click together and place on the prepared surface. You can use fasteners to additionally secure the green roof area.
- Preplant your Core Roof Trays: Use the Core Roof planting trays to pre-plant the roof area before putting on the roof - this makes installation quicker, easier, and safer (less time spent on a ladder the better!)
- Use drought tolerant plants: Choose hardy, weather tolerant plants that can survive droughts and storms alike. Get in touch with your local garden centre and ask about local sedums that are great for green roofs in your region.
- Follow this install guide: Install guide here
We love this install guide from ‘Green Home’ - this is for a full green roof on a home, and similar principles apply for green roofs on smaller buildings. We recommend following a similar work flow, and to save on costs (and to have something ready for next weekend!) plant your own roof trays.
- Support your local hardware stores: order Core Green Roof trays from us, and your local home & garden centre will have rubber water-proofing and aluminum edging for the full installation.
- Follow our Green Roof Ideas Pinterest Board: Here
Stuck for ideas? There are so many gorgeous DIY Green Roof project ideas on our pinterest board - take a look and get inspired!
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Note: Green Roofs add significant weight to the structure - if you are installing more than 100sq. ft., we recommend checking in with your local installers for professional consultation.
Want to learn more? This next section is for Urban Watershed enthusiasts and beginners alike!
Ecological Perspectives on Green Roofs; the Urban Watershed Approach
Eco upgrade with a green roof: improve insulation, reduce pollinator food dead zones, and prevent storm water surges
Green roofs are a beautiful and sustainable way to improve your personal ecological footprint. There are immediate benefits to your heating bill and roof longevity, and numerous benefits to the ecosystem around you. By installing a green roof you are also taking part in building thriving urban ecologies that:
- Help increase indigenous pollinator species populations; by planting a biodiverse green roof with local species, you are helping support your local pollinators, a group of insect 'essential-service workers' that are facing harder and harder working conditions worldwide. We suggest asking your local nursery for suggestions for plants that are great for supporting your local pollinators.
- Reduce ‘food deserts’: most urban environments are dominated by cement, roads, and other surfaces where no plant life grows. Although we can walk quickly to the grocery store, imagine being a snail and trying to cross the street to get to the only bit of grass for miles. Food deserts contribute to biodiversity loss - by installing a green roof, there is more food for local species. You could be directly supporting the life of incredibly important keystone species!
- Helping your city’s plumbing system to sustain the pressure of storm events: another side of cement and roads is that water is unable to seep through. Rather than being absorbed into the soil, water is forced to travel horizontally until a storm drain is found. This often leads to flooding during intense storms. Unless, that is, there is soil and plants present to slow and spread the absorbtion of water. Your green roof is like a mini sponge that helps retain water and slows the immediate pressure on the storm drains. Green roofs act in a similar way that healthy ecosystem would in the face of extreme weather.
All of these benefits do not immediately confer a personal benefit, but we consider these efforts our small amount of rent we pay the planet as a thank you for letting us live here.
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Did you know? Core also has permeable paving foundation systems so we can further reduce the amount of impermeable, food-desert-like surfaces we build in our urban watersheds. Since our inception in 2010, we have helped keep over 2 million sq. ft. of the Earth alive! More info on our permeable systems and how much energy they save can be found here: Core Permeable Paving
Thank you for your service to the Earth!