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Flat Roof Potted Plants Leaks Protection

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by rideforever, 25 Jun 2019.

  1. rideforever

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    Hi all
    Wanted to put some plants outside my 1st floor window on to the neighbours flat roof.
    How can I protect that roof so that the planters don't dig themselves down and damage that felt there?
    Unfortunately due to neighbours cutting down plants now we watch people taking a crap in the loo opposite from the dining table, or sqeezing their zits ... nice !!!
    Yikes.
    Anyway, if I lay down a sheet of roofing material under the planters, will that do it ?
    I suppose the wind might push the around.
    Would the sheet eventually melt into the existing roof ?
    Or should I used a sheet of rubber ?
     

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    You can't really put pot plants on your neighbours roof without their permission.

    Net curtain on lower part of the window?
     
  3. rideforever

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    I am pretty on very good terms with everyone around here, as long as I can be sure of no damage it's an older roof, also I don't think it will overshadow, wouldn't be that big maybe 2 x 4ft pots.

    But need to ensure their roof isn't damaged in any way.

    I will speak to the freeholders of that house for exactly that net curtain business ... see what they say, don't know them.
     
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    Simple frosted film on lower pane would be cheap and effective .
     
  5. rideforever

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    Flemish glass so can't use film.

    I went round yesterday but it's a big house with about 8 flats, nobody knew anything ... but found the freeholders on the internet will send a letter recommending half net curtains and offered £75 towards it. Or a tree in the garden. I really don't want to see another person taking a dump whilst eating dinner.

    So we'll see.

    The neighbours around have taken to cutting down all the trees ... I am not sure if they want privacy now I can see everyone sitting on the sofa, kids playing in the garden, squeezing their zits. Honestly, I don't know what's wrong with people. One couple cut an old Eucalyptus in half because the leaves bothered them. Well okay !!! I am surpised there's anything left, people seem too stressed to have anything alive in the garden.

    The other alternative is to put two pots with a bush on the flat roof, which might be okay as long as I can guarantee not damaging the roof. If I can put down either a rubber sheet or asphalt sheet ( as long as it doesn't end up sticking to the roof ) ... then it's a good option. Even have a birds nest.
    But the only thing is the SW winds on the coast can be furious, and the pots might drag, not sure how to deal with that.

    Or possibly I could build some boxes for small plants on the outside of the window frames, the central one would have to be removable if I need to go out. I suppose it's possible.
     
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    People are like that these days - I know people who have nothing real in their garden, artificial grass, walls and fences painted white, all just fake rattan furniture and ornaments. They think it is great!

    The freeholder - are you saying you need permission to do anything on the house then?
    How about a window basket - is there room below your window for one? A couple of screws into the masonry to hold it on, or even maybe the wooden windowsill, then put lavender in it - evergreen, easy to look after, smells nice too. Will be easier to maintain and water too.

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    Thanks !
    Freeholder of the house opposite with the loo.
    There is a deep flashing here but maybe could be done as long as I can waterproof the masonry holes.
    Should be possible.
     
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