Always at the forefront of developments in commercial roofing, McDonald &Wetle has installed green roofs for many Portland and Seattle area businesses. And while green roofing offers a number of benefits, one of its most appealing characteristics is the ability to customize the plants included to suit your preferences. With so many options available and local farms to choose from it’s easy to create a green roof that accommodates your environmental concerns and structural needs – and that will look great for years to come.
Green roofs can be designed with a range of soil depths, which will determine which plants are most appropriate. It’s advised that you choose plants that are hardy enough to grow without constant watering, fertilizing or trimming. At the same time, plants that grow quickly and establish tough roots are your best bet for a lush, verdant roof.
Some common green roof plants include:
- Low-growing succulents
- Hardy grasses
- Small trees
- Aromatic herbs
Be sure to incorporate plant diversity and add multiple species to your green roof to give your plants support and improve their chances of surviving.
Choosing Plants for Functionality
The plants you select for your green roof will ultimately determine what you get out of it. If you’re interested in promoting greater biodiversity, for example, you may choose plant species that are attractive to native birds and insects. If appearance is a major consideration, colorful flowers and appealing succulents are a great choice. Looking for minimal maintenance? Free-growing shrubs and bushes offer a great solution.
The best way to choose the appropriate plants is to consult with a green roofing expert offering extensive experience with commercial properties. Your roofing contractor can answer all your questions and guide you toward the plant varieties that are best suited to your goals, as well as which are most appropriate for the unique climate of the Pacific Northwest.
Contact McDonald & Wetle to Get Started
If you’re ready to explore the world of green roofs, contact McDonald & Wetle in Portland or Seattle today. With decades of experience in all types of commercial and industrial roofing, our team offers the expertise needed to provide your new green roof from design and installation to maintenance and repair.