The DIY Green Roof Guide

Have you ever asked yourself the question – ‘I want to build a green roof…but it all seems so complicated’? If you have, then DIY Green Roof Guide may well be ideal for you, wherever in the world you are thinking of building.

This online guide is designed to meet the needs of DIY enthusiasts looking to put a green roof on a shed or outhouse, builders and landscaper contractors who want to build green roofs.

This website based guide builds on the material and information in our original pdf – ‘The DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs’ which we published in 2008. That original information has been taken and updated, new and redrawn diagrams made, and multi-media items added. These include short ‘to do’ videos on specific tasksThere are also publicly accessible videos on our youtube channel if you want a quick preview.

An Online Guide to Building Your Own Small Scale Green Roof

The DIY Green Roof Guide aims to take most of the mystery out of how to build a small scale green roof. Whether you want to know how to make a green roof for your shed, garage or house extension, we hope to provide a clear pathway to accomplishing it. This is in contrast to many commercial green roof product websites where the technical nature of the supplied information can easily confuse the beginner.

The first edition of the green roof guide was published in order to shed some light on this confusion. Given the large number of emails that both authors were receiving requesting help and information, it was obvious that a guide was both needed and overdue. This new web based version will take those ideas and principles forward in a form that allows information to be added and updated as necessary.

So this online guide has been created to:

  • Provide members with the confidence in taking a project forward
  • Set out the basic principles behind why certain things are needed (or not)
  • Provide simple detailed instructions (down to what nails and screws to use) in a step by step format
  • Supply construction illustrations that make the process easy.

Why an Online DIY Green Roof Guide rather than another PDF/eBook?

An online resource let’s us be more dynamic. We regularly update the material. We will add more multimedia items such as videos. When new methods are discovered we will add these to the site. It also allows us to provide relevant articles and case studies.

Occasionally there maybe confusion over terms used in the guide. Or perhaps something is not completely clear. If you are struggling with specific details and need further illumination then queries should be addressed via the Members’ Support Form and we will do our best to answer as quickly and accurately as we can.

Although we are both only English speakers we have set up mechanisms to deal with questions  in other languages. If your primary language is French then a fully translated version of the guide is available at the sister website,
DIY green roof guide by John Little and Dusty Gedge