If your home or business has a green roof, you may wonder who it is you need to call to do the maintenance and/or to make necessary repairs. It would make sense to contact a landscape company to take care of things when you are worried about the plants up there. However, you should always contact a roofing company first, and here are just a few of the reasons why.


It is very important that the structure of the roof and the walls of the building are stable enough to handle the weight of the green roofing materials. A roofing company experienced with the green roofs will know how much the materials weigh and how to keep the structure from collapsing. Sometimes the problem is not with the planting medium and plants but with snow or extra water being absorbed due to a large amount of rainfall. A roofer will be able to correct any problems or reinforce the roof to keep everything intact.

Water Barriers

Another problem that may arise in a green roof is if the root of the plants manage to break through the waterproof barrier. It can be difficult to determine where the barrier is torn, even if you notice a leak inside the building. Experienced roofers know how to trace a leak inside to the area of damage on the roof. They can then remove any plants and planting medium to get to the tear and repair it.

Gutters and Downspouts

Sometimes the problem is due to some of the green roofing sloughing off and getting into the gutters or downspouts. This will cause a back up of any water on the roof, which will add weight to it. In addition, water sitting in or overflowing a gutter can seep under the roofing and water barrier, causing damage to the underlying wood. Even if you have done the gutter cleaning yourself, it is a good idea to have a professional roofer come check if there was any damage done to the roof itself.

Once you are sure the roof is sound or been completely repaired by a licensed roofer, you may indeed want to contact a landscape professional. However, you will need to be sure that this person understands and has worked with green roofs before. He or she can help you pick out the best plants to properly insulate the house while creating a beautiful garden.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Newman  Jerry Roofing &  Remodeling Inc.