How Much Less Does A Moss Wall Cost Compared To The Same Size Living Wall?

There are several different ways to bring nature into your home or workplace. Over the years, living walls and most recently, moss walls have been the top choices for Americans and Europeans.  But both have distinguishing differences. In today‚Äôs blog post, we are breaking down the differences in cost and benefits between a moss wall and a living wall.

Both plants type walls have unique characteristics and dance to the beat of their drum, right? But which plant wall is the overall winner between a maintenance-free moss wall and a succulent leafy living wall? 

Reasons to Choose Preserved Moss Wall Over Living Wall

A moss wall cost is $6,800, while the total cost of a living wall is around $47,500 for 100 sq. ft. of wall covering over 5 years.

The benefit of installing a moss wall is that it doesn’t need a complex irrigation system that can water the plants constantly and energy-intensive lighting. A living wall requires a lot of natural light and even when you give it proper light and water, you still need to have an expensive maintenance contract for ongoing care, that includes trimming, pruning, replacement of dead plants. Moss walls help create unique modern art that brings the benefits of nature to any living or working environment without the hassle of ongoing maintenance. 

Did I mention that moss walls are real? YES. Preserved moss walls are made of real moss that has been treated with a 100% natural solution made mainly of glycerin to keep its freshness and aspect for many years without the need of water or fertilizer. Preserved moss is not the same as dried moss. While dried moss is dehydrated moss, crispy and likely to change its color over a short period of time and eventually disintegrate, preserved moss will preserve its color and aspect for many years. 

People who spend most of their time working in urban cities don’t find much of a time to come into contact with nature. So, to feel the presence of nature, adding green art or hardy plants on workplace walls gives your mood a unique boost as well as aids concentration and productivity.

But let’s break it down and see what are the exact reasons why most people prefer moss wall installations over living walls: 

In 2020, Preserved Moss Walls Are In High Demand Due To The Following Reasons:

  • Their installation cost is cheaper than living walls (pricing varies from $68-$100 per square foot)
  • They do not require any kind of maintenance (like fertilization, watering, pruning  or follow-up costs)
  • They’re not subject to climatic attacks (lack of light, heat and A/C ) so it is possible to have quality plants throughout the year in a closed setting.
  • Ideal for decorating boring walls into more artistic form
  • Do not require daylight
  • The moss is preserved using non-toxic, vegetable glycerine, and secured directly to sturdy material
  • Moss wall barely require any dusting at all
  • Add aesthetic value to real estate and also gets you points for LEED green building
  • Gives the room a natural vibe.
  • Do not need soil, water, or lighting
  • Easy to customize, construct and assemble
  • Available in any shape color and size options
  • Allows logo integration. Moss logos are the newest trend in interior design
  • Worth the money invested

Reasons why not to choose a living wall?

Living walls are also referred to as green walls. But the greens installed are comprised of real, living plants that require soil or substrate, water and complex irrigation installation. These types of green wall are stunningly gorgeous but they come with strings attached. 

Think about the difference between moss walls and living walls like the evolution of phones. The majority of people nowadays are using smartphones because they are the better version of wireless phones, having same functionalities, and even more. Same with preserved moss walls which give you real plants at the advantage of artificial plants. 

Natural living walls are not recommended because:

  • Their installation cost is high (pricing varies from $195-$265 per square foot)
  • Their maintenance cost is high (roughly $500 a month for a hotel or big office space)
  • Requires regular and ongoing care
  • Need expert team for the construction of a complex irrigation system that can water the plants
  • Gives you a little space for customization and design. You can’t integrate any signs or logos.
  • Requires energy-intensive lighting and shouts high cost for water and electricity (might require artificial grow lights)
  • In theory, the plants last indoors or outdoors depending on the conditions of the walls, potting material, natural elements of their environment, and degree of maintenance.
  • It releases pollen or spores
  • Leaves are falling all over. Someone needs to clean up the mess at all times. 
  • Need to secure every plant by hand like you are building a garden

Which to Choose Over the Other?

Whether you believe it or not, the facts clearly show that the moss wall makes sense for designing properties using plants without any unwanted pressure or care.

So, add greenery in your living rooms or workplaces without investing or thinking so much!

Living wall cost $47,500 with on going maintenance
100 sq ft of living wall cost $47,500
100 sq ft of moss wall cost $6,800 or less