Plant walls and roofs - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville Beach, FL
Question by MrsPruter
July 2, 2007
When I was in Europe I saw a lot of homes with Ivy or other plants growing over the home. Will it hurt my house if I do that too? Pull up shingles or crack walls? Is it true that a green roof will keep your house cooler in the summer?

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2007



Yes greenroofs can help reduce temperatures in the attic or home. Ivy will not harm a brick or rock wall but will damage wood siding. It does take some care and trimming around windows and the roof line to keep it neat looking.

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