Rooftop Design / September 9, 2018 / Juan M. Tate
Rooftop gardens will help keep your house cooler naturally especially if you have a dark or black roof. Dark colors absorb and radiate heat. You could opt for a simpler garden consisting of potted plants or turn your roof into a garden. According to the City of Chicago turning your roof into the garden is known as a green roof system in which the garden will be separated from the hard roof and will be equipped to drain and supply nutrients and you may even consider installing an irrigation system in this type of garden. They suggest when planning out your rooftop garden that you should follow these four steps.
Usage of Pots You can purchase ceramic pots or those which are made especially for herbs and small crops. These can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Usage of Wooden Crates Wooden crates can be used so that you can layer them up to appear like a vertical garden. You can plant different crops that do not require to be planted deep in the ground. You can also plant green vegetables. These crates can be those that are used for storing and delivering fruits in markets or can be as low as 1 foot in height.
Consider: how accessible your roof is the structural capacity and the condition your roof is in. If everything checks out and youll be able to easily access your garden then its on to step two. Determine: the weight of the garden and your budget. Keep in mind the costs of maintaining the garden as well as your initial costs. Good to go? On to step three! Design: Decide the most effective design for your roof and budget and then figure out if you want to install irrigation work on how it will drain and pick your plants! Obtain Permits: And the last and most important step to not forget is to get the required permits from your local government and then youre ready to begin your Rooftop Eden! If youre simply placing potted plants you may not need any kind of permit but its always a good idea to double check. Rooftop gardens have become very popular in the Houston area. They are very attractive mentally stimulating and can help give shade in the hot summers. Rooftop gardens give you the option of creating life in unused space. This is only the beginning of the process but it will be well worth it when its finished. You can be the first in your neighborhood to create a completely unique rooftop garden.