By Kelsie Anderson
We receive tons of inquiries about our moss walls; the most common questions that we get are: “is the moss alive?”, and “are moss walls expensive to maintain?”
The moss that we utilize in our designs is not actually a live product; different species of live moss are preserved to create a versatile and stable product that brings Greenery indoors without the hassle of maintenance.
Moss walls are inexpensive to maintain, typically they might require an annual touch up where any damaged areas are filled out with fresh moss. The requirement for annual touch ups depends on the area that the moss wall is in. A moss wall that’s in a high traffic area might accidentally be damaged more often than one that’s out of reach or in a more secluded area.
Another question that we get quite often is “what are the benefits of moss walls?”
If you’re considering a moss wall, you probably want to weigh the benefits and considerations of installing one in your space. We’ve gotcha covered, check out the lists below.
- Very low maintenance requirements (inexpensive to keep)
- Around $80 – $130 per square foot (depending on the design and type of moss used). About half to one-third of the cost of some living wall systems.
- Low price meets a high value product, the moss has incredible structural integrity, and doesn’t lose vigor
- With semi-regular upkeep of the moss, you can expect the product to last indefinitely
- No irrigation or watering required, less fuss than living systems
- Very lightweight per square foot (around 3-5 lbs/square foot), living systems are generally around 10-15 lbs/sq.ft
- Increase property value
- Elevate the aesthetic value of a space
- Biophilic properties that can improve mood and productivity of employees (check out this article for more on this: https://www.servicefutures.com/biophilic-design-the-best-kept-secret-of-a-great-workplace )
- Sound reduction, the soft surface of moss walls helps absorb sound to reduce echoes in spaces
- Moss is not living, and therefore does not remove Volatile Organic Compunds (VOC’s) from the air
- LEED points can be given for green buildings, however preserved moss walls do not fall into this category, although it looks alive, it does not provide the same benefits of living walls
- We really can’t think of anything else, moss walls are awesome!
Here’s just a couple more things to consider if you’ve got a space in mind that you’re thinking about putting a moss wall:
- Preserved moss walls are meant exclusively for indoor spaces
- Moss walls should not be installed in areas that receives direct sunlight (this will cause the product to dry out)
- Moss in areas that are exposed to outside elements (ie: close to an outside entrance) will likely require more frequent touch ups
- Moss that is near an entrance or exit will likely accumulate more dust than moss that is not exposed to outside air. Products can be used to remove dust safely without damaging the moss, ask us more about this!
- Moss walls will likely need touch ups on an annual to semi annual basis to keep them looking their absolute best (Greenery offers moss touch up services)
Okay, so there you have it! Moss walls are an amazing, low maintenance, low cost design option that will improve your workspace in a multitude of ways. If you’re interested in knowing more please call or email to set up an appointment to view our showroom. You’ll be able to see the moss in person, as well as other green wall options, live plants, planters, and a really exciting new live moss wall that we are experimenting with. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Address: Greenery Office Interiors Ltd.
#128 5726 Burleigh Crescent SE
T2H 1Z8 Calgary, AB
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