Green roofs (a type of roof that utilizes and creates a natural habitat on the rooftop, also known as a living roof) are slowly gaining popularity in both urban centres and rural areas. This roof uses a waterproofing membrane and a root barrier that makes it possible for one to plant grass, or any other light vegetation on the rooftop. Unlike other conventional roofing materials that only provide shelter, green roofs come with many other environmental benefits among many others. Some of the main green roof benefits that come with using this type of a roof are discussed below.
1. Environmental benefits
These roofs have a positive impact on the environment in that; they help reduce carbon dioxide concentration as grass and other vegetation aid in air purification. Air around most urban centres is mostly toxic because very few trees or grass are present. However, having some vegetation on every apartment’s rooftop can help deal with the toxic air.
Another key benefit of using a green roof is that, it helps conserve heat by reducing heat loss during winter, and reducing heat absorption into the house during hot weather and summer. If these type of roofs are installed in all buildings in the city centre, then the city’s temperature is due to drop remarkably during summer.
These roofs have also shown the ability to reduce stormwater runoff. Stormwater is often destructive as it carries away anything in its way, as well as damage waterways. These roofs however retain water reducing its speed and impact on these waterways.
Green roofs last many times longer than roofing shingles exposed to UV rays. The grass and soil covering the waterproofing membrane protects the roof from harmful UV rays that cause faster degradation especially on conventional roofs. If installed correctly, these roofs can last two times longer than the most durable roofing materials in the market today. Little to no maintenance is required for these roofs thus making them cost efficient and value for your money.
3. Fire Retardation And Noise Reduction
Conventional roofs generate more heat especially when the house or a substance is on fire as compared to green roofs. The reason is that a living roof can withstand intense heat thus making it possible to contain house fires. In addition to this, living roofs reduce sound from the outside by a whopping 40 decibels. This makes your home or the office quieter especially in noisy neighbourhoods and near airports.
Living roofs are considerably the best type of roofs you might want in your home. Consider having one installed to enjoy these and many other green roof benefits.
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