Grass Roof Garden Areas
Artificial grass is the perfect way to transform any unused roof space into an ideal area to spend time relaxing, or transform views of ugly flat roof systems into beautiful green spaces.
With most commercial rooftop installations, a drainage layer will be required to allow the free flow of rainwater into the roof’s drainage system. This can be achieved in various ways with our 25mm Shockpad or our Lazy Drain Cuspated Drainage Layer.
- Transforms views for local residents overlooking the roof
- Provides a low maintenance alternative to natural grass
- Ideal for hotel or residential applications
- Provides protection to delicate roofing systems
Roof Garden Information
Over the past 3 decades, we have established methods to install artificial lawns onto roofs without voiding any warranty on PVC or EPDM. Our fixing method means that we don’t fix to current surfaces, and is also suitable on lead roofs or buildings with large lead flashings, so that no damage or staining is caused when removing the artificial materials later.
When installing any roof area you must consider a few things before installing:
- Is the roof watertight and will it remain so during the artificial grass lifetime?
- Will the roof carry the extra weight of the turf, as well as snow, water and traffic in the area?
- It is also very important to check the area for suitable safety barriers around the perimeter of the roof so there are no hazards for young children.
Another major element of any roof garden is the increased wind speed, which can be overcome by a number of methods:
- Use a sand-filled grass with a higher fill rate on the perimeter edges (roof must be checked for suitability of the extra weight).
- Apply adhesive around the perimeter edge and ensure a good bond (check roof surface before use).
- Use planters on high-risk areas.
Commercial Roof Areas
We specialise in commercial roof gardens, from the smallest space to complete roof coverage. The two projects shown here are both in Scotland; one was installed above a shopping centre in Inverness to provide a more aesthetically pleasing view to a new construction of residential properties, and the other was done at Aberdeen University during the upgrade of a number of buildings.
For the installation at Aberdeen University, the area to be covered was a raised roof space that had covered walkways; the current roof looked untidy and showed its age. To resolve this, the waterproof layer on the roof was replaced before we started. The first stage involved installing a cuspated drainage layer, which would ensure free flow of rainwater in every direction, and allow the natural falls of the roof to take rainwater away.
The grass was installed over two days and filled with sand to ensure it was protected against wind lift, which has to be considered on any roof area with exposed edges on building perimeters.
From Scotland to Cornwall, we have been bringing new and old balconies to life with grass roof
installations. In most cases, we would recommend the use of an underlay to aid drainage, especially
over the winter months.
We have a selection of trims to finish external edges, ranging from stainless steel to powder coated, to match the environment to which it’s being installed.
Synthetic grass is a good alternative to decking, which can get slippery in the winter and requires regular time-consuming maintenance. Leaving concrete or slabs bare can look uninteresting and can be uncomfortable to sit on during summer evenings.
Heathrow Putting Green
For this project at Heathrow Airport, we installed a putting green complete with contours and rough fringe areas. We used our professional putting surface Nylon Pro for the main putting surface, with Wonder 36 as the surround.
Before we could install the putting green, a raised deck was fitted to provide a level surface over the various pipes and roof elements to allow us to insert the hole cups which needed a 150mm drop below the surface.
As with many large grass roof projects, the materials were lifted up by crane using our speciality lifting equipment that is designed to lift rolls without using slings which can cause damage during the lift.
Transforming your roof space into a safe green garden can provide you with a private area in an urban jungle. Artificial grass can create a relaxing atmosphere so you can spend your evenings and weekends with friends and family simply enjoying the space and the views.
Grass roof space in work environments can also be developed to provide a calm area for staff breaks and summer meetings. The area could also be used as a smoking area, (due to the new smoking regulations in the United Kingdom) as our sand-filled LazyLawn range of LazyLawn conform to British Standards.
Evergreens supply many surfaces suited for covering roof gardens in a variety of colours and textures. Why not consider our funky grass range to create a fresh contemporary look to your terrace?
Product Used:- Wonder Grass