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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't fancy green carpet/astroturf etc!
I have been doing my homework, though. I've found that it is possible to get a plastic substrate which comes as easily managed 'tiles' rather like the trays your mum used for baking buns. These link together and when filled with a suitable medium, provide a good growing system for sedums and the like and are much lighter than soil.
I'm still only thinking of this - both to provide another environmental niche in my garden and to end up with something more visually attractive than corrugated iron or felt.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theflatroofstore.ie/how-to/

There you go GG. A free advice service in Eire.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very usefu. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a sedum roof I put on a garden shed about a year and a half ago. Still doing great. The sedum is a bit pricey in comparison to sod but much lower maintenance and looks great all year round. Got the sedum in rolls from a place up north. http://www.greenroofsireland.co.uk/ very helpfull and they also supply the fleecing and lightweight soil. All you need to get is your waterproof membrane. I use pond liner (just make sure your pond liner is UV resistant)


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 10:33 pm    Post subject: Sedum roof Reply with quote

That looks very good, Sunny. I've heard of that company, too, so it's good to get your recommendation. I'm thinking of something on about the same scale or a bit smaller.
I'm posting a picture of a much larger sedum roof - it's on Letterkenny Public Services Centre (the council offices). It has been a great success despite a lot of raised eyebrows when it was installed.
It is fascinating to watch the colours change throughout the year.



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildflower can look great as well. Friends of mine down in Tipperary did that. Looks great in the summer, also more interesting for wildlife. Down side is it looks far less interesting in winter months.


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wildflower can look great as well. Friends of mine down in Tipperary did that. Looks great in the summer, also more interesting for wildlife. Down side is it looks far less interesting in winter months.



I'd be more into the Timber end and the finish on that Cabin is exactly what I'm looking for with the Poles and the Arched Rustic look...it's after giving me a few ideas for my Garden Tool Shed which now looks bland after seeing that one...
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a lovely building. It is at Caravantisia in Co. Tipperary. http://www.caravantasia.com/
They have a great event there every year on green building called 'Into the Woods' where they have demos on various uses of timber in green building, including demos by they guy who built this building. Here is a blog on their event last year. http://www.caravantasia.com/apps/blog/show/42499798-drum-roll-caravantasia-is-open-
They have another one coming up in July but don't know the dates yet. I will be there for their stone day also in July doing a dry stone walling demo.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice fancy pictures how come they only put up pictures of them just done and not a few years old, I cannot find my picture but I saw a sedum one now full of scutch grass and wilowherb, needs lots of maintenance then you have the Health and safety issue working at heights (Laugh not) If you knew what I know.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
Now that 'the girls' have had their little spat,
Oi! We'll have less of that! Razz

Just a couple of things - When you say 'flat' roof, I hope you are planning a slight slope on this roof. If not you will end up with a bog roof. Laughing

The other thing is, how much do you like sedums? A friend of mine has a saying that describes them well, 'they'd grow in your lug'.

Another friend had an old flat roof re-covered. Not wanting to waste the old gravel she saved it for a path she was putting through a small piece of woodland. Tiny pieces of sedum off the old roof scattered in the move and have established themselves almost everywhere in the garden.

Greengage has a point. As nice as these things look when they are first established, do you want to create another chore that needs doing?
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Nice fancy pictures how come they only put up pictures of them just done and not a few years old.

Maybe because they are proud of what has been accomplished and want to share it.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ Sue. A roof is classed as flat at any pitch up to 15 degrees.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a bit like your singing at any temperature, Gatwix.
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Probably a bit like your singing at any temperature, Gatwix.
Laughing Laughing Laughing
I know I shouldn't encourage you. But that was funny!
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