Green Roof Planning – What Did You Need To Know?

An image of a completed green roof installation

When you start to think about installing a green roof design on to your property, there are a few things which you need to take into account.

What is a Green Roof?

First things first though, do you actually know what a green roof is??

A green roof is really a rooftop garden and can be anything from a two-inch covering of vegetation to a fully-fledged accessible garden with flowers, shrubs and even trees.

The Planning Stage

Thanks to the M-Tray® modular green roofing system, the installation of green roofing systems have never been easier. However, no corners should be cut in the planning stage to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Whenever you are planning the design of your green roof you need to think about a few details including:

  • What type of drainage system will you require? This is incredibly important and something which needs to be well thought out and designed before the work starts. A well designed green roof can be a tremendous asset to a property with terrific insulation properties helping to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter which in turn helps to reduce heating and cooling bills.
  • What are the goals for your green roof? Is it simply for environmental purposes or do you wish to create a space which you can really enjoy to the full?
  • What visual requirements do you have for your green roof? This is another major consideration to be thought through in the design stages. Green roofs are aesthetically pleasing and can really help to lift a neighbourhood so it is important to think about these issues in the beginning.
  • What is the level of required access? Although all green roofs need to have some access for maintenance purposes some of them really are rooftop gardens and there for the family to enjoy. You need to think about how much access will be needed when you start on your green roof design.
  • What is a load of structure support? Every structure will have the maximum amount of weight it can support so this is extremely important to discover and workaround.
  • What budget do you have? The creation of a green roof is initially more expensive than traditional roofing materials but there are many benefits to make up for it. The savings to the environment and on energy costs can be tremendous in time. The price you pay will largely depend upon the style of green roof you opt for.

After answering all of these questions you will have some idea of the best design for a green roof on your property. They are becoming increasingly popular and can provide a fabulous feature for your property just so long as you have thought things through properly.

For more on our range of green roofing options, please visit the dedicated section on our website by clicking here.

M-Tray® Silverlake West Dorset

M-Tray® installation at Silverlake, West Dorset

 

Wallbarn’s modular Green Roof chosen
for stunning lakeside development

Silverlake

Watch this short video about our unique M-Tray® solution being installed at Silverlake in West Dorset. 

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Habitat site takes Wallbarn green roof

M-Tray® installation at Silverlake, West Dorset

Wallbarn’s modular Green Roof chosen for stunning lakeside development.

The Ideal Solution

The M-Tray® provided an excellent green roof solution for an exclusive and sustainable holiday village in West Dorset.

Wallbarn has to date supplied its modular green roof system for the health spa and a number of boathouses.

The spa was nearing completion so the client was looking for a quick solution, making the easy-to-install M-Tray® a perfect choice.

Watch the short film below.

What makes the M-Tray® unique?

Our M-Tray® system consists of specially-designed modular trays containing superior, engineered substrate and fully established flowering sedum.

  • Mature, established vegetation
  • Click-together trays create a seamless connection
  • Easy to transport and install
  • Specially-mixed substrate for the longevity of plant life
  • 100mm deep cavities for healthy roots
  • Optimum drainage means stronger plants
  • No sharp edges or mess meaning minimum disruption to plants, deck structure and inhabitants!

For more information, please visit the dedicated area on our website by clicking here.

What Makes The M-Tray® Perfect For Retro-Fitting

Retro-fitting is a very common practice amongst many industries. Thanks to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, we offer the ideal solution for anyone looking to add a green roof to an existing open space and one that is significantly more cost-effective than the construction of new facilities.

Our M-Tray® has been specifically designed to make sedum roof installation quick and easy – with minimum disruption to the plants and the structure they are going onto – and to provide a seamless, verdant finish – an instant and sustainable green roof.

Not only this, once installed, access to the roof is future-proofed. If there are problems with the deck beneath or inspection is required, one M-Tray® or section can easily be lifted out without disruption to the whole roof.

The Perfect Solution For ‘Hard to Access’ Areas

Perceived accessibility issues and concerns relating to potential disruption during installation are common reasons for property owners assuming that the installation of a green roof may not be possible for their building. This is true when it comes to retro-fitting a green roof onto a rooftop area.

However, thanks to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, we are able to provide a viable option for areas which are simply not suitable for other types of green roof installation.

Moving bags of aggregate-based substrate onto rooftops is fraught with risk – the aggregate goes everywhere and as it is so granular, it can damage waterproofing membranes very easily. Sedum blankets are also supplied rolled up, so the plants get damaged during the transport and installation process.

This is not the case with the M-Tray® modules.

Fast and Effective Installation

Not only are our M-Trays® easy to install and transport, but they will also last in the long term. Every now and again throughout the year, you will need to do some maintenance e.g. weeding but apart from that, our trays are designed to be as self-sufficient as possible (they are designed to capture rainwater, releasing it gradually, feeding the species set into our special substrate).

The modular units clip together allowing the plants to blend into a seamless, established and sustainable green roof.

The benefits of a modular green roof include:

  • Convenience and speed of installation
  • Future-proofing your roof
  • Instant results

The Perfect Example

The perfect example of how the M-Tray® offers the perfect solution for any almost area was a recent installation at the May Fair Hotel, Mayfair, London.

Because the M-Tray® is completely self-contained, we were able to carry them through the hotel on luggage trolleys up to the rooftop balcony without creating any mess with minimal disruption to complete the installation.

This allowed us to transform what was previously a fairly unsightly bitumen rooftop at a Mayfair hotel into a beautiful green space for guests to enjoy.

To find out more about the M-Tray®, please click here to visit the dedicated area of the site or call us at Tel. No. 020 8916 2222.

The M-Tray® – Reaching Areas Other Green Roofs Cannot Reach Since 2014

An image of the May Fair Hotel in London. After the installation of a green roof|An image of a green roof installation at The May Fair Hotel in London|

Perceived accessibility issues and concerns relating to potential disruption during installation are common reasons for property owners assuming that the installation of a green roof may not be possible for their building. Particularly when it comes to retro-fitting a green roof onto a rooftop area.

However, thanks to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, we are able to provide a viable option for areas which are simply not suitable for other types of green roof installation.

Moving bags of aggregate-based substrate onto rooftops is fraught with risk – the aggregate goes everywhere and as it is so granular, it can damage waterproofing membranes very easily. Sedum blankets are also supplied rolled up, so the plants get damaged during the transport and installation process.

This is not the case with the M-Tray® modules.

The Perfect Example

The perfect example of how the M-Tray® offers the perfect solution for any almost area was a recent installation at the The May Fair Hotel, Mayfair, London

Because the M-Tray® is completely self-contained, we were able to carry them through the hotel on luggage trolleys up to the rooftop balcony without creating any mess with minimal disruption to complete the installation.

This allowed us to transform what was previously a fairly unsightly bitumen rooftop at a Mayfair hotel into a beautiful green space for guests to enjoy.

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Fast and Effective Installation

Being so easy to transport, our M-Trays® were selected as the fastest and most efficient way of converting the unused space into a lush, green and aesthetically-pleasing space. The installation only took half a day with minimal disruption to guests.

Not only are our M-Trays® easy to install and transport, but they will also last in the long term. Every now and again throughout the year, you will need to do some maintenance e.g. weeding but apart from that, our trays are designed to be as self-sufficient as possible (they are designed to capture rainwater, releasing it gradually feeding the species set into our special substrate).

The modular units clip together allowing the plants to blend into a seamless, established and sustainable green roof.

The benefits of a modular green roof include:

Convenience and speed of installation

Future-proofing your roof

Instant results

Key Benefits

The M-Tray® offers the chance to install an instant green roof. Since the sedum are less shocked by the installation process, as soon as the trays are connected together the whole area is filled with well-established plants. They will start to grow straight away, forming a seamless layer of vegetation much faster.

Speed is also a major factor. It has been proven that green roofs constructed using M-Tray® are installed much faster than in traditional roll-out methods.

Access to the roof is future-proofed. If there are problems with the deck beneath or inspection is required, one M-Tray® or section can easily be lifted out without disruption to the whole roof.

Click Here For More On The M-Tray® Modular Green Roof System

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Rapid timber decking installation in
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See how our timber tiles transformed this London terrace
in just 3 hours!

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Green roof: sowing again!

 

It’s all GO down at the farm

New green roof stock being sown at Wallbarn’s nursery
Green Roof
Our green roof modules are selling like hot cakes. So we’re busy laying down thousands of new units, sowing in good time for the end of the year.

We only supply fully established, mature sedum plants contained within our easy-to-carry modular M-Trays® which click together to form an almost invisible join.

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  • Learn more about the M-Tray® here
  • Check out some of our recent projects here
  • See how easy it is to install our green roof modules here

Green Roof

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Rapid decking installation in Stoke Newington

 

Rapid decking installation in
Stoke Newington

See how our timber tiles transformed this London terrace
in just 3 hours!

Wallbarn Timber Tiles
Wallbarn Timber Tiles

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Our team is ready to answer your questions:

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Quickfire Green Roof Installation at Hammersmith High-Rise

 

Quickfire green roof installation at Hammersmith high-rise

A small team transformed the top of an office block into an instant green roof in just 4 hours. Watch how they did it….

M-Tray
M-Tray

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