Roof Replacement and
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October 29, 2011 by - 0 Comments
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A roof garden is a wonderful way to go green and in some localities, a percentage of new buildings are being required to have green roofs to assist with storm runoff among other issues. The biggest change or challenge for accomplishing this is having a strong enough roofing structure.
If you are planning to do this with your home, first you would need a flat area of roof, no matter how small, and a way to access it for ongoing maintenance, roof repair and enjoyment. Next comes the decision how to carry it out. Will your garden be in containers or are you planning to cover the whole roof surface with soil? Start with pictures from home and garden magazines to help you define the look you desire.
When it comes time to build, most homes are built to hold three layers of roofing and a ‘weather load’ of either snow, ice, or ponds of water. When weather brings more than the structure was built to support, disaster can happen. Dirt is heavy, then it rains and gets much heavier, at least 120 pounds per cubic foot. It would be safest in the long run to consult with a structural engineer to verify what weight and vibration your roof can handle before you become the next internet video sensation, especially if you plan to invite friends over to a dance party in your roof top paradise. With planning, a beautiful roof garden can be done even by beginners with their existing structure.
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