A green roof is a building that is covered or partially covered with plants and vegetation over a waterproof membrane. They’re the perfect addition to any premises and having one installed on your roof, brings with it a magnitude of benefits that go beyond making it look pretty.

Advantages of Green Roofs

Here, we’ve looked into the top benefits of having a green roof system installed on your building:

Save money and protect the environment

Green roofs are proven to be energy efficient whatever time of year it is. When it’s winter, a green roof acts as a further installation system on the outside of the building which helps minimise heat loss. In summer, they help protect the building from solar heat. As less energy is used, not only will you save money, you’ll also create less greenhouse gas emissions, which, as you probably know, is better for the environment.

Better drainage

In comparison to a normal surface, a green roof offers a much better drainage solution. When there’s been a spate of rain, the surface runoff can become a problem if it has nowhere to go. A green roof helps reduce runoff significantly because the vegetation will absorb the water, meaning there’s less chance of a flood happening.

Research actually shows that a green roof retains around 35% of annual rainfall!

Reduced construction costs

As well as reducing costs through energy, having a commercial green roof can help save you money on the initial construction costs of your premises. Depending on the type of vegetation selected, there may be no requirement for certain building components, for example, fewer drainage outlets.

Help wildlife

Green roofs provide a habitat for wildlife that are struggling to survive in the area. Many types of bird use green roofs when nesting to raise their young. They also provide a safe stepping stone when travelling elsewhere.

Increased life span

According to research into green roofs, when a building has one installed, they protect the waterproofing membrane, significantly increasing their life span, it’s even said they can last the estimated design life of the building.

If you’re interested in hearing more about green roofs, the benefits of them and how they’re installed, get in touch with the team. Here at Roofing Consultants, we can design and install a range of green roofing systems to satisfy your building requirements.