Benefits of Green Roofs
Reaching New Heights
A green roof is typically a partially or completely covered roof with vegetation and growing medium. Many green roofs incorporate layers of drainage and irrigation systems.
Over the last five years, the demand for green roofs has doubled and is expected to continue to increase by 50% across both rural and urban settings throughout the UK.
Some of the many benefits of green roofs:
- Creates natural habitats: Green roof vegetation will establish and provide a home for small wildlife, insects and invertebrates.
- Adds biodiversity: Green roofs encourage an extensive spread of species including plants, insects, birds and small animals.
- Provides stormwater management: Soft landscaping on green roofs can reduce the risk of flooding as the substrates and planting slows the flow of water. Many green roofs are now included as part of wider SUDS schemes.
- Disguises buildings: Green roofs help buildings blend into their surroundings and replaces the land lost by constructing the building initially.
- Reduces pollution levels in an urban environment: Green roofs can help to absorb noise and take out harmful pollutants from the atmosphere.
- Acts as an insulation layer: In Winter, green roofs can improve a building’s indoor temperature by 25% and can maintain a consistent temperature in Summer reducing the need for artificial cooling systems.
- Improves mental health and well-being: Accessible green roofs can effectively promote social interaction, physical exercise, stress reduction and can contribute to improving mood and attention span.
- Contributes to the reduction of climate change: Green roofs help turn down the urban heat island effect by deflecting radiation from the sun and releasing moisture into the atmosphere.
There are many types of green roof soils and substrates which cover a wide variety of applications. Our substrates have been incorporated into high profile projects across the UK, providing the correct amounts of fertility, nutrients and organic matter for a successful green roof.
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