Saturday, May 10, 2014

Green Living Roof How much weight a concrete flat roof can hold?

Question by Flecha57: How much weight a concrete flat roof can hold?
Hi:

I’m a landscape design student. I have a design project for designing and building a green roof. I live in Puerto Rico, most houses are made with concrete, and the roofing is flat. How do I figure out how much weight can a flat roof can hold? A simple extensive Green Roof weighs between 60-150 kg/m2 (13.0-30.0 lb/sq.ft.) depending on the thickness of the Green Roof system build-up. How do I know if the roof is suitable for a green roof. The roof measures 50′ x 60′, about 8″ thick, all concrete (with steel bars).

What else I need to know to figure this out? I mean calculations, formulas, stuff like that. Can someone please help? I’m quite worried. The teacher has been awful, he’s no help at all. I barely have two week to finish this (plus my other classes). I have been doing searches on line with no luck. I don’t need to hire an structural engineer, I just the know how, in simple words since I’m not an engineering student.

Any reference to anything (books, internet) will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :o )

Best answer:

Answer by spot a
8 inches is quite thick. The load bearing capacity depends on the thickness of the steel reinforcing in it as concrete does not perform fails under tensile load and the roof gets it’s strength from the steel.

Does the weight of your green roof include the weight of water when it is soaking wet from rain? At 150kg per m2 it gives 1350 kg over an area 3 x 3 metres.When you add the weight of water, that is a heavy load.

Consider reducing the thickness of your green roof where there is no wall support underneath and make planter boxes for extra depth which would be located over load bearing walls. Speak to your local council, they have friendly engineers that might be able to give you an idea of the load bearing capacity of the roof.

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