Sod Rooftops in Germany

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

In one village in Northern Germany, not far from Lubeck, we saw quite a few homes with sod rooftops - intriguing! From what I understand, this roof system is common in some traditional areas in Scandinavia and of course, Lubeck is one of the cities with ferry service to Denmark and ultimately Sweden, Norway and Finland where this type of roof was used for centuries. So it wasn't really surprising to find it on a number of homes in this area, although it's not something I've ever seen in the US.

With our unpredictable rain here in Southern California, it's not something we would expect to see, obviously, and I'm sure there are all sorts of building issues to consider, not the least of which would be building permits in most cities. Also, with our long-term drought here, people here already letting their lawns die out and replacing them with native plants. So it was very interesting to see the sod or grass rooftops during our trip. Here are some pictures

And a closeup of the roof

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    Like Linda, I've seen thatched roofs on our travels, but never sod. Interesting.
    2085 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Very interesting! They have one in my city, but its a university testing project. I saw a few thatched roofs in the UK, not insurable because of the fire risk.
    2089 days ago
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    The grass on these roofs are a real wonder..
    2089 days ago
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