Walkways on Rooftops

  • Courtyard with walkways in geometric pattern
  • Walkyways and plant beds on the rooftop of a shopping mall
  • Illuminated courtyard with Sedum plant beds and small trees at night

How to Create Walkways, Pathways and Patios on Rooftops

When planning walkways on roofs the weight of the build-up should be considered from the very beginning. During the installation of the different build-up layers the waterproofing has to be protected from damage. It is possible to install a protection mat or a drainage layer which functions as a protection layer as well, such as Elastodrain® EL 202 or Protectodrain® PD 250. The drainage of hard landscapes mostly takes place on the surface. Therefore, a sufficient slope towards the roof drains has to be allowed for. Above the drains removable terrace grills ensure that the water gets downwards and also keep the drains accessible for maintenance.

Drainage channel Drainage: As opposed to landscaped rooftops where water is to be held back and run-off is to be delayed, walkways need most of the rainwater to be quickly drained off the surface. Hence, the drainage points should allow for two levels of drainage: at the surface level and at the lower drainage level. The ZinCo product range provides the necessary systems and accessories to cater for this.

Slope sign Inclination: The inclination of the surface layer depends primarily on the surface material. A “stilted surface layer“ does not need any slope since water can drain through the joints and standing water is not to be expected, whereas concrete or paver surfaces require a minimum inclination. Establishing a slope is not a problem, if the waterproofing and the surface have the same slope. If a slope different from the slope of the waterproofing has to be integrated into the surface, a gravel base layer is necessary. When designing a fall the connection heights need to be taken into consideration.

Border between walkway and vegetationEdging and borders: A stable edging is almost as important as a durable drainage element. ZinCo stainless steel profiles and concrete kerbs both present visually pleasing detail solutions. Placing the elements on top of the drainage layer does not impair water drainage.

People walking on a green roofCombination of walkways and green roofs: If the combination of walkways and green roofs is required, not only drainage and compressive strength are important, but also the water retention capacity. Floradrain® FD 40-E as the core piece of the build-up meets all requirements of the roof and ensures durable functionality. Depending on the installation it allows for water retention (diffusion holes facing up) or drainage of water (diffusion holes facing down).

Running track on a roofSporting surfaces: It is also possible to install special sport surfaces on ZinCo drainage elements. The base layer and the drainage level underneath are able to drain the porous plastic surfaces. The ZinCo Technical Department is able to provide project specific solutions.

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System build-up "Walkways on Rooftops"

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Number of pages
34 pages
Date of publication
Mar 2016