Top 3 ways you can benefit from a living roof

Regardless of whether you own a residential property or if you are responsible for operating a variety of commercial facilities, green roof insulation can help you save money and lower your building's carbon footprint. If you have been considering investing in a living roof, below are our top three ways in which you could stand to benefit from installing one of these revolutionary structures:

1. Increase the lifespan of your roof

Throughout the day and into the evening, your roof's surface will be exposed to ultra-violet light and various temperature changes. These natural occurrences can gradually deteriorate the structure of your roofing surfaces over time and damage the waterproofing membranes that protect your residential property or commercial building from leaks and structural damage. Fortunately, scientific studies have revealed that replacing your conventional roofing surface with an ecologically responsible green roof can substantially extend the lifespan of the waterproofing membranes. Consequently, by creating this environmentally efficient barrier between your waterproofing membranes and your roof, you can safeguard your home from weather-related damage for many years to come.

2. Reduce noise levels

When pelted by rain and hail, conventional flat and steel roofs can generate a significant amount of noise that travels throughout buildings. These sounds can be especially irritating for corporations, business offices and educational institutions which service the local community. However, by fitting your building with a living roof, you can benefit from a combination of trapped layers of air, plants and other ecologically responsible materials which will absorb these sounds before they can be broadcast throughout your facility.

 living roof on contemporary building

Living sedum roof on a fuel-efficient home in Norfolk

3. Lower your energy bills

Poorly insulated buildings lose vital heat stores during the winter months and let out cool air throughout the summertime. Therefore, these conventional building practices can drastically increase your building's annual heating and air conditioning costs. Alternatively, if you fit your residential or commercial building with an eco roof, you can efficiently insulate your facility and greatly reduce your energy bills due to the performance properties of their environmentally friendly building materials.

How to create a living green roof

 

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