We know that it can be hard to make changes in your lifestyle to become greener, especially if you are new to the world of sustainability.
Green roofs are just one way of making your house more environmentally friendly, offering a wealth of benefits, not only to you but the world around you.
Green roofs for green homes
Green roofs are one of the easiest ways to make your home visibly more sustainable and they do not require too much work or maintenance.
What is a green roof?
A green roof is also referred to as an eco-roof which are created to create a number of environmental benefits.
Creating a living/green roof involves partially or wholly planting vegetation over a waterproof roofing material or membrane to create some of the following benefits:
- Absorbing sun/heat
- Absorbing water from rainfall
- Providing some extra insulation – saving you energy. More.
- Create more ecology
- Absorbing CO2
- Reducing problems with water draining
- Providing habitats for small creatures within the ecosystem
See more of the benefits of living roofs.
Green roofs are becoming more popular, particularly in urban areas as a tool to combat excessive pollution and reduction in wildlife populations.
Some cities and councils even have made regulations that mean some buildings must have a green roof.
How to create a green roof
Many gardeners, landscapers and even roofing companies provide living roof services although this project is fairly simple you achieve by yourself, especially if you have a flat roof.
You need to make sure that you have a waterproof membrane on your roof as the base of your vegetation as these roofs can collect a lot of moisture which should not be able to pass through the roof.
EPDM rubber is one of the best environmentally friendly materials to use as the waterproof membrane at the base of the roof due to its durability, waterproofing and the fact that it can be recycled once replaced. Read more about EPDM roofing and its qualities.
The other items you need to create a green roof include a root barrier, to make sure that plat roots do not cause any damage to the roof, a drainage membrane to make sure that the roof does not store too much water and cause any damp or flooding.
You will also need to be sure that you have a base to grow these plants.
Soil is commonly used although sedum mats are more successful in eco-roofs as they are more solid and create ease of growth.
Finally, you need to choose the plants you want to grow.
Succulents and small grasses are most popular as they have good soaking properties as well as being aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain.