Frequently Asked Questions

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A green roof — also known as a vegetated roof, garden roof, living roof, or eco-roof — is a multi-layered roof system that is installed above a watertight human-made structure. Since 2003, we’ve been involved with over 1,000 green roof applications across North America. 

Green roof costs vary depending on the design, the type of system specified, project location, maintenance regime, expectations of the owner, the overall growing media (soil) depth, plant choices, and other factors. As a result, we price each project individually based upon its unique situation and needs. Contact us so we can chat about the green roof you have in mind. We have the knowledge and skills to provide a budget focused and high quality green roof application.

This is a specific type of paver that’s installed over some kind of pedestal support system. The pavers are made from high density concrete, wood or porcelain and pedestals can be at fixed or adjustable heights. Using this system helps create a flat walking surface on a sloping roof surface. 

Every one of our green roofs are installed over a high quality waterproofing membrane. If done correctly, a green roof should increase the lifespan of your waterproofing, not interfere with its performance. Inhabitect is connected with the top waterproofing manufacturers in the industry and can help you with writing both waterproofing and green roofing specifications.

A typical Extensive green roof assembly (shallow media depth) will weigh anywhere from 18-36 lbs/square foot while an Intensive assembly (deep media depth) will weigh at least 34 lbs/square foot at full saturation. 

Yes. There are specialized green roof assemblies that we use to install vegetation on almost any slope. Recently, Inhabitect’s team played a role in the installation of a green roof that measured 81 degrees of slope! Content

Green Stormwater Infrastructure mimics, restores, or maintains nature’s hydrology. Using soil and plants, GSI captures rain where it falls and — through gravity and the basic hydrological principles of infiltration, evaporation, and transpiration — cycles it back into the ecosystem.

The stormwater treatment train philosophy uses a combination of resilient and ecologically-mindful landscape installations — like green roofs, rain gardens, green walls, porous paving, and other bio-infiltration systems — to capture, filter, and evaporate your excess stormwater.

A Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) system combines stormwater and sewage into the same pipe. When there’s a big rainfall event, these systems — which are already overly taxed — tend to overflow, resulting in sewage being dumped into our waterways.

Retention is the process of permanently keeping stormwater from leaving a property. It can be accomplished through infiltration, evaporation, transpiration (water uptake through plants), or water reuse. This process helps to remove volumes of storm water from your storm and sewer system.

Detention is the process of temporarily storing stormwater to mitigate sewer overflows. This process helps reduce the flow rate (volume per unit time) of stormwater through the sewer system and off of your site. The water is later released into the system after the rainfall event or storm melt subsides. This delay has major benefits to any site’s stormwater design.

A natural shoreline is a combination of eco-friendly components and plant materials that provides a natural, vegetated buffer on the shorelines of all types of bodies of water. This includes inland lakes, rivers, streams, and even the Great Lakes. 

We’ve developed a unique system that borrows from a traditional low-energy design for shoreline restoration, securing the “toe” of your shoreline to fight against powerful erosion from waves, wind, and surface runoff. We pair this mechanically-fastened system with regionally-specific native plant materials that have root systems that act as additional barriers to these forces of nature.

Ecological Landscaping is simply a sustainable and resilient approach to landscaping. It uses design practices that are rooted in long-term success, employing native plant materials to manage stormwater, eliminate the cause and effects of erosion, and create natural habitats that encourage biodiversity and environmental richness.

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing gives commercial/multi-family property owners and non-profit organizations the opportunity to fund the installation of energy and water efficient technologies — including green roofs and other Green Stormwater Infrastructure — with low-cost, zero-down financing.

It takes time to develop a design that’s unique to your property and we put great effort into creating the concept for your project. Our professional team has decades of experience and should you choose to proceed, we typically refund a portion of the design & consulting fee.

We strive to source our landscaping materials (stone, sand, topsoil, plants, and mulch) from regional suppliers as well as other small businesses. When the components needed are not available locally, we work with suppliers across North America and do our best to buy from manufactures that work with recycled materials, use green energy sources, and whose values mimic our own.

Different from many landscapers and roofers, we are fully bonded and carry large amounts of general liability and professional liability insurance to protect you and your property. Safety is a priority for us and our collaborators and we’re dedicated to providing this extra value to you. Our prices may be higher than some of our counterparts, but they reflect the added measures we’ve taken to keep you and your project site safe. We believe it’s well worth having a team of highly trained professionals who bring you peace of mind. 

Our entire team is covered by Workers’ Compensation and key crew members hold OSHA certifications. We also have OSHA rigging, hoisting, and telehandler certificates. Every Inhabitect driver holds a chauffeur’s license, with CDL drivers also on staff. We’ve also written safety and training manuals for our employees to follow and rely on, including specialty safety guidelines for working around hazards like silica dust and heavy machinery.

We’re not your typical landscaper. As the experts on rooftop and on the ground, our one-stop-shop work incorporates many other segments of the built environment as well. We specialize in stormwater management, green roofs, accessible rooftop living spaces, and shoreline restoration, as well as all things at-grade-landscaping. Our founder has decades of experience with design and we’re able to manage an entire landscape project, much like a General Contractor would handle the construction of a home. We can also help our commercial clients with financing their projects and believe strongly that hiring the right team will save you time and money. 

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