—Emilio Ancaya, Co-Founder, Living Roofs, Inc.
We are trained and discriminating designers and installers who evaluate the requirements of a particular project, including climate and ongoing maintenance, to determine the best application and products that will meet your goals and budget. It is important to know that we do not represent or sell any particular product.
There are many factors to consider during the plant selection process for a green roof and living wall system. The type and purpose, as well as the geographical area, and desired look and level of maintenance must be considered.
The Living Roofs team provides complete installation services for a variety of green roof systems, including traditional, modular and pre-vegetated systems. We take into account structural support, micro climates, waterproofing and much more when designing and installing a green roof or living wall, and remain engaged following installation to support the long-term performance of your green roof system and survivability of plants.
Maintenance is just as important as the design and installation of a green roof or living wall because it takes plants at least three years to stabilize. We generally recommend a strict 12 to 24-month maintenance schedule for all installations to ensure healthy establishment of the green roof system. We are available to assist in the maintenance of existing green roofs, and can actively monitor a system since plant replacement and re-selection may be necessary over time in order to maintain performance and the desired aesthetic.
Lasts longer than a typical roof because it’s protected from the harsh summer sun. The waterproofing membrane is no longer exposed to damaging UV rays, large fluctuations in temperature, and is protected from debris. The waterproofing membrane is also more durable than an average roof, lasting 2-3 times longer (up to 40 years).
Encourages the biodiversity of birds, bees, butterflies, and other invertebrates for miles around you, not just on your roof.
Helps keep the cool air in, and the hot air out. As a result, this dramatically reduces the need for air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter.
This is what plants are best at. The bigger the living roof, the more absorption.
Reduces the volume and rate of stormwater running into the drainage system.
A space that you, your friends, family and the public can enjoy.
While plants are photosynthesizing they remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. Not to mention, a green roof surface remains at a stable temperature and does not absorb and release heat. No scorching hot roofs here.
Reduces sound transmission by up to 40 dB, which is a big deal!