Green Roofs (also called eco-roofs or living roofs) have environmental and energy cost-saving benefits that account for their growth in popularity in the UK residential and commercial building sectors.
Popular in Germany since the 1960s, and now established as a roof design in the United States and throughout Europe, they are built up in layers with the top layer devoted to a variety of plants, vegetation, or even trees.
There are, however, a variety of applications where the green roof is modified to suit a particular construction. Some are relatively lightweight, others mid weight and there are roof tops that require the construction to be able to support trees.
Various plants, such as Sedum and perennials, can be used on almost all types of green roofs as they have relatively shallow roots, whereas trees and larger shrubs require heavier systems to support their deeper roots.
S&P Roofing have installed green roofs on both flat and pitched roofs, although there is a maximum recommended slope for roofs that are pitched.
Whether it’s for a commercial, business, public sector or residential design, green roof technology is speeding ahead, and there are many advantages to its installation.
Overall, green roofs can do many positive things for our environment as well as giving cost saving benefits, and S&P Roofing will be pleased to advise on the most appropriate and cost-effective design and installation to suit an existing or new-build project.