The wider community, the environment, local ecosystems and your bank balance can all benefit from what green roofs provide. The benefits of green roofing include:
Thermal insulation – the sheer mass and density of a green roof creates an insulating layer which helps lower heating bills.
Soundproofing – the volume of noises coming from outdoors is significantly reduced by green roofing. This includes ambient noises such as traffic as well as rainfall hitting the roof surface.
Waterproofing lifespan improvements – roof waterproofing materials are prone to UV damage and heat damage caused by temperature fluctuations. A green roof protects waterproofing from harmful UV rays and keeps the waterproofing temperature relatively stable which significantly increase the lifespan or roof waterproofing.
Planning Permission – many local and regional authorities are becoming more likely to pass Planning Permission on new builds if a green roof is included in property developments.
Improves air quality – in built up areas air pollution is a major health hazard but plants on green roofs filter out materials harmful to humans.
Reduces flood risk – rain water on traditional roofs runs off via guttering and downpipes and can cause flooding if rain is heavy. Green roofs absorb rainwater and minimises the risk of flooding.
Creation of additional space – a green roof is practical as well as functional. Uses for green roofs include recreational and social areas, food production such as crop growing, sports areas such as tennis courts and five-a-side football pitches.
Green roofs look great! – a green roof among the sprawl of traditional urban roofing lifts the mood of a town or city environment and improves the sense of wellbeing in people.
Ecologically friendly – many natural habitats for wildlife are destroyed by construction and urban sprawl. However, a well planned green roof can provide replacement habitat for wildlife that is under threat such as some birds and bats.