What Is a Green Roof and How Does It Help The Environment?

What Is a Green Roof and How Does It Help The Environment?

When you think of going green in your home, you might not instantly think of your roof, however a trend set to be big in the UK property market in the coming years are green roofs. Offering a number of key benefits over traditional forms of roofing, this will be a trend that grows increasingly popular, so here is your guide to all you need to know about this innovative new form of roofing with the help of The Roofline Replacement Company

What are Green Roofs?

Green roofs, sometimes referred to as living roofs, are essentially any roof or decked area that has vegetation intentionally grown on it. This provides a unique look for every single roof, with each different type of green roof providing a varying habitat for wildlife as well as offering differing energy saving and water storage capabilities.

Where Can They Be Found?

Although green roofs are yet to really take off here in the UK, they are popular in many other countries across the world. With the first use of green roofs believed to have been in northern Europe many years ago, before the numbers declined during the Industrial Revolution, Germany and in particular Berlin saw an increase in use through the 19th and 20th century before incentives were put in place to encourage their installation across many more German cities.

Other European countries, including Austria and Switzerland, have a history of using green roofs on their properties whilst the likes of Canada, the USA and Japan have all seen an increase in use over recent years.

What are the Different Types?

There are a number of different types of green roof available, all of which have been classified based upon the level of maintenance required and their depth. Types range from lightweight extensive which include pre-grown vegetation mats through to bio-diverse which have very little human interaction and are left to their own devices for the most part.

What are the Benefits?

There are a number of benefits that can arise from introducing a green roof at your property, including;

–        Increase the lifespan of your roof by providing highly effective protection of the waterproof membrane, which can result in this doubling or even tripling the length of its use.

–        Lower energy use thanks to green roofs impressive levels of thermal insulation, which mean you can run your central heating for shorter periods as the heat is retained for longer.

–        Create sustainable drainage systems that reduce the reliance on large underground pipe systems as a green roof holds water and therefore reduces high levels of rainwater run-off.

–        Increase bio-diversity through the creation of habitats to support the growth and wellbeing of a wide variety of creatures and plants, even in the most built up areas.

Excitement and news surrounding green roofs is set to grow in the coming years as this type of roofing becomes more common over here in the UK, with an increasing number of people experiencing the benefits and stunning appearance it has to offer.