Green Roof Guide

Example of Green Roof on Modern Building

A Green Roof or Living Roof is a roof on which vegetation is intentionally grown or habitats for certain wildlife are established. Green roofs are becoming a increasing popular choice in the UK mainly on commercial buildings however some homeowners are beginning to see green roofs as a preferred alternative to more traditional roofing systems.  Green roofs can be extensive – implying shallow substrate depths and load nutrition, through to intensive – which can be similar to roof gardens.

The environmental advantages of green roofs include:

  • Providing Green Space
  • Reduce Urban Heat Islands Effects
  • Provide a wildlife habitat
  • Capture Carbon
  • Capture Rainwater and reduce rainwater surge
  • Provide insulation

There are many green roofing systems on the market which can be installed on most flat or low pitch roofs, some systems can be installed up to 20 degrees pitch with suitable retention measures in place.

A typical system consists of:

  • Root resistant material
  • Moisture retention/protection layer
  • Drainage layer
  • Filter layer
  • Growing medium
  • Vegetation Layer

A Green roof can provide an attractive and environmentally friendly alternative for your property.  Although consideration must be given to the weight of the new roof and the load bearing capacity of the structure there are usually suitable options available for most properties.  If you’d like to discuss green roof options just give us a call on 0191 388 2277 or contact us here.