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Serving North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia—the beautiful Southeast, from the mountains to the sea. For quick answers to common questions about Living Roofs and our services, check out our FAQ below. For all project inquiries fill out this form.


Living Roofs Inc.
14 O'Henry Ave Suite 302
Asheville, NC
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Aerial view of green roof installed by Living Roofs Inc


It varies. The general rule of thumb is that a green roof’s saturated weight is around 7 pounds per square foot (psf) per inch of growing media depth. A licensed design professional will need to verify that the structure will support the green roof loads in combination with all other design loads.

No. Green roofs protect the roofing system from UV degradation and extreme temperature fluctuations. This added protection triples the lifespan of a roof.

Many! Single Ply membranes (TPO, EPDM, PVC), and Hot Applied waterproofing systems.

No. Roofing or waterproofing is installed by a roofing contractor.  Living Roofs only installs loose laid green roof materials on top of the roofing or waterproofing membrane.

Green roofs cannot be installed on asphalt shingle roofs.

Sometimes. A structural engineer will need to be consulted with to determine if the existing building can support the weight of a green roof or if structural improvements will need to be made first.

Yes. Additional structural implements are needed for roof pitches exceeding 3:12.

So many! Grasses, perennials, sedums, succulents, shrubs, and trees can all be installed on green roofs.

We strongly recommend irrigation for most green roofs in the Southeast.

Yes, but probably less than you think (see below).

Green roofs typically only need about one maintenance visit per month during the growing season. This amounts to around six or seven maintenance visits per year in the Southeast.

Living walls typically need about two maintenance visits per month. This amounts to approximately 24 maintenance visits per year.

Yes. We pick plant species based on the local climate and horticultural climate zones.