Green Roofs

A green roof can add living space to flat roofs in Rockland & Northern Bergen Counties

green roof system with gardens, plants trees and pavers

Green Roof systems and gardens can give Rockland County & Northern Bergen buildings more usable space

A green roof, or living roof, is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems – Wikipedia.

Green roofs are installed on top of the flat roofs of buildings.  They make an unusable area into a beautiful living space, adding value to residential and commercial buildings.  What

Green roof with wooden floor

a beautiful green roof overlooking the city

once was just a roof is now a green area to relax in. Green roof systems have been popular in Europe for some time and are now gaining popularity here in the states.  Green roofs actually last longer than traditional roofs.  They also absorb rain water and insulate the roof form the heat and cold.  Depending on the strength of your roof, you can create what is referred to as an intensive roof with a foot or more of soil.  With and intensive roof you can plant a wide variety of shrubs, bushes and even trees, turning your roof into a park or a roof garden.  An extensive roof is much lighter as they are built with just enough soil to maintain ground cover and flowers.   We will always have an engineer determine the maximum load your roof can bear before designing your green roof.  Either type of roof will increase the value of your building while giving you additional square footage to enjoy.

Here are some ideas to spark your imagination for your green roof:

  • Green roof with plater boxes

    a green roof with planters is a nice place to relax

    A roof garden to grow fresh vegetables and fruits

  • A mini-park to relax or even sunbath on!
  • A mini-park with a waterfall and pond – wow!
  • A green mini-park with picnic benches and barbecue area
  • A beautiful restaurant bar area that will make your roof top establishment a unique destination
  • A putting course (golf) for employees or family and guests
  • An eco-classroom atop a school or municipal building
  • A community garden atop an apartment building
  • A grass roof to absorb water and insulate your building
  • The uses are only limited to your imagination – please feel free to e-mail us with new ideas.  If it is a good one, we’ll add it to the list.

TGW installs green roofs in Lower New York and New Jersey.  If you would like to set a free, no-obligation consultation please call 845-369-9297 or complete the form on the right hand side of the page.


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