Maintenance Tips to Make a Vegetative Roof Last

By Stacy Mellete

A vegetative roof, or green roof, can have many benefits for a commercial building. A green roof can help with stormwater control, provide a buffer between the roof insulation and ambient temperature and reduce airborne contaminants. However, green roofs also have specific maintenance demands. Today, Affordable Roofing Systems, a top commercial roofing contractor, discusses maintenance tips for vegetative roofs:


Establish a Transitional Maintenance Period

A green roof is a living, breathing ecosystem and this means that many things can go wrong compared to traditional commercial roofing types. We recommend establishing a transitional period for maintenance so that nothing goes wrong in the critical early years of the roof. Your roofing contractor should provide a minimum two-year maintenance and warranty period. They should handle plant establishment, address local pest issues and train maintenance personnel.

Work With Multiple Experts

As a commercial roofing professional, Affordable Roofing Systems recommends working with multiple experts when you implement a vegetative roof for your commercial building. You need a roofing expert who can identify the structural demands of a vegetative roof, and a vegetation expert who is knowledgeable about the plants that thrive in your climate. Your roofing and vegetation experts have to work together to make sure your green roof works optimally for as long as possible.

Know How Your Green Roof Works and What Your Warranty Covers

Understanding how your green roof works can help save you time, money, and labor. Study your roof’s warranties and study your roof. Learn how durable each component of your roof is and identify when they need maintenance or replacements. You also have to know if all components of the green roofing system are covered under a single warranty. If you are working with multiple manufacturers or contractors, clearly define the extent of all your warranties and identify what each warranty covers.

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