Beautiful Roof Garden Explanation?


Beautiful Roof Garden Explanation?

Roof Garden Explanation?Roof Garden Explanation?

Display your colors on the balcony or on Roof and in your yard Even without a garden, you can have your hand green (Green Roof)! Alone or in association with your co-residents, on your balcony (you have not spaced so without a garden), in the courtyard of the building or on the roof, do not hesitate to express yourself in order to embellish your frame of life and enrich the biodiversity of the neighborhood.

Protect your Home with Plants

Like the garden and its fence, the balcony and the railing talk about you and contribute to the quality of spaces public. For your balconies, or classes small sizes, prefer plants that do not take up too much space and that can be grown in pots. Think about them monitor regularly, to water them with recovered rainwater and to vary the types: beautiful flowering, foliage interesting, aromatic plants, fruit, vegetable, perennial… Think also to the hanging plants that adorn without taking up too much space. The bushes red fruit producers such as raspberry, blackcurrant, gooseberry, blueberry, mulberry, strawberry will also find a square. They can be planted in vats or planter and join the useful to the pleasant.

If your space is really small, opt for pergolas or trellises who will decorate your outside and will be relevant media for your plants. Choose wood species local (chestnut, acacia, oak) or wood labeled F.S.C. Dress up your facades Contrary to the common idea, climbing plants do not degrade the facades, but they protect them rather excessive temperature variations or moisture. By creating a microclimate intermediate between the plant layer and the wall, they act as an additional insulating layer.

Roof Garden Explanation?Roof Garden Explanation?

Alone ivy affixed to fragile walls risk of damaging them because of his strong crampons. By opting for climbers, you will benefit from protection against ultraviolet rays that will not degrade your walls and against heavy rain or hail which will be amortized by this facade natural. It is wise to shift a little the foot of the wall planting to allow him to aerate and receive the precipitations. Some climbers will require trellises while the others will climb on their own.

Roof Garden Explanation?Roof Garden Explanation?

local climbing plants Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum), European clematis (Clematis vitalba), Eglantier (Rosa canina), Raspberry (Rudus ideaus), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Ivy (Hedera helix), in nature, these species cling to trees, at home, they can decorate your walls.

A Beautiful Garden on the Roof House?

Green roofs are in full expansion in cities. They have three advantages: ornamental, environmental and economic. Better insertion of buildings in the landscape is possible. We can, in addition, install them on any infrastructure: building, industry, pavilion, shed …This islet of greenery will attract very quickly a varied fauna that will appreciate resting, a little away from the stress townsman. The vegetation layer stores temporarily rainwater before let it escape to the water network rain, slowing the flow.

It avoids overloading the network, which decreases the risk of flooding. The plants used can play a role of atmosphere remover by absorbing for their metabolism of elements toxic to humans. The expensive initial expense is depreciated by extending the life of the protected roof. The insulating capacity of the roof is higher, thereby reducing the energy expenditure. After having verified that the planning document of your commune allows it, change roof!

Protection of the Roof and Structure

The single most important element in rooftop garden construction is protecting the integrity of the roof and the structural components under the garden. For this reason, there must be the waterproofing of exceptional longevity to prevent damage and to reduce the possibility of long-term expensive reconstruction. For this reason, it is recommended a completely new waterproofing layer be added to the existing structure to ensure the longevity and integrity of the waterproofing system. Load Bearing Capacity

The structural engineer should verify the maximum load-bearing capacity of the existing structure. These figures should be available from the records of the previous construction of the helipad. Typically, a minimum additional dead load limit of 150 psf between columns is needed to accommodate the construction of a roof garden. Loads above columns and at the roof’s edge can be considerably higher, however, a structural engineer should be consulted to establish the load-bearing capacity of those areas. These higher load bearing areas should be used to accommodate larger specimen plantings and trees.


As mention before, a completely new waterproofing system should be installed to protect the building’s structure. There are several types of waterproofing available, however, elastomeric materials offer the greatest protection. Bituminous waterproofing should be avoided. Over time the organic components in bituminous waterproofing interact with the soils and the plant materials and therefore increase the likelihood of system failure.

A properly installed waterproofing system can last the lifetime of the building, however, a single small leak may require the removal of the entire garden to find and repair the damage. Therefore, in order to ensure the integrity of the waterproofing, it is recommended a protective topping coat of concrete be applied, as soon as possible, following the installation of the new waterproofing.


Protection of the Structure The single most important consideration regarding roof and deck garden construction is protecting the roof and structure from damage due to excessive loading or leaks.

A structural engineer should always be consulted prior to roof garden landscape design and construction. Rooftop structures must typically be able to support a dead load of 150psf to accommodate the construction of a garden. The roof must be completely covered by an elastomeric material and protected by a concrete topping slab.

Real People with Rooftop Gardens Series

A tribute to all of those who believe there is a right way to garden, both on a rooftop and on the ground. For gardeners, there is not enough soil to plant in, ever! Our site is reaching people all over the world and therefore we are so pleased to present an exemplary design and brilliant aesthetic from Douglas Gillis in Budapest, Hungary. Take me to Budapest, stat! I love this home and vista, wow!! We are all so lucky to get to know Douglas Gillis’ work through his story and photographs. Looking forward to many more Real People with Real Rooftop Gardens.

Rooftop GardenThe roof garden has become part of a thriving culture targeted at improving the sustainability of our landscape and utilizing spaces in urban areas. While the focus of this type of development may seem to be directed more toward the commercial venture, it should be noted that there is a use for it in the residential market as well.

In Uthe SA or Europe, the development of the roof garden has an established history connecting it to mainstream architecture and garden design. The purpose of this article is simply to illustrate the perspective of one homeowner based on his observations and experience.

The house to be featured here was conceived by a Dutch architect, Erick van Edgar. Built in 2003, it was a new style development within the Hungarian scene. There are 12 such houses on site, and each has a roof garden. The soil depth is 40 cm and the roof has been divided into three sections. There is no direct access to the roof garden, and so its function is architectural and ecological, rather than recreational.

Drains are located below the soil line in the lower corner of each section, and the concrete structure has been purpose-built to withstand the weight. The greatest fear of roof gardens is the leaking roof, so it is the correct application of protective layers, as well as sealing around drains that is vital to its success. In this case, irrigation is minimal using drip line to keep the hardy shrubs going during the hot months. Given the Hungarian climate, irrigation needn’t begin until May or June and can be discontinued in October.

Deciduous species have been used to provide shade, reducing the surface temperature considerably in summer. Six months later, they shed their leaves allowing the dark earth to absorb the sun’s rays at least until snowfall. This area provides a wonderful habitat for birds, lizards, and insects. These plants are also used as branches for Ikebana lessons, and so access by ladder for the occasional cutting is adequate. Although lavender has been used on the front corner as a showpiece, most shrubs are left to look wild and therefore blend into the surrounding hillside. Raspberries, blackberries, and rhubarb are also grown on the roof. All species can withstand minus 22 c in winter.

In 2007, the front area next to the drive was landscaped in 42 cheats. There is no window facing the south, but the atrium allows ample light into the house. If the house is sealed on hot days, the internal temperature on the upper level hits 26c at the hottest, while downstairs bedrooms are a constant 24c. Thus the soil on the roof acts as an insulator while the house, being partially submerged into the hillside, utilizes the hill itself as insulation. During the early evening, the house can be opened and cooled within one hour using the forest air that moves through it without the aid of a fan or air conditioner. All in all, the roof garden cools the house in summer and adds insulation in winter.

To date, the positive aspects of this project far outweigh the negative, and hopefully, some of the ecological concerns that we feel today can be counterbalanced by technology and design as we see here.

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