If you have driven past a green roof in the city, you know how aesthetic they are. A bright patch of green in a cluster of gray, green roofs can provide a lot more benefits than visual appeal. Here are some reasons why you should consider getting a green roof:
Improve Storm Water Runoff
The most common reason people get green roofs is because of the stormwater runoff benefits. Normally, stormwater runoff would lead to flooding or erosion in commercial buildings and roofs, but with green roofs, the water is absorbed into the soil to feed the plants.
Cools Buildings By Absorbing the Sun’s UV Rays
With soil and plants covering the roof and hogging most of the sun’s rays to live, buildings are significantly cooler in hotter weather and warmer in cooler temperature as the soil and weight of the multiple vegetation provides insulation.
Reduces Noise and Improves Air Quality
The plants and soil help to absorb noise and deflect it away from the building. With plants naturally emitting oxygen, they will provide fresh air to the environment after absorbing polluted air.
Provides Habitat For Wildlife or Food
Birds, squirrels, and other creatures can thrive and survive on a green roof, having protection from the elements and predators. You can also grow a garden of vegetables and fruits for your own consumption.
Extended Life of Roof
With the roof being covered, it is protected from weather and the elements and the sun’s powerful rays as the vegetation absorbs all these to survive. These would normally damage a roof, but since the plants need it, green roofs last longer as the membrane underneath is not damaged as quickly.