If your commercial or industrial property is in need of a new roof, why not consider sedum roofing? This is a type of green roof that can be a very worthwhile investment. And as leading commercial roofing experts, here at Enviroply Roofing, we work with companies across Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester, to deliver high quality, effective roofing solutions. This includes installing sedum roofs. As a result, we have produced this guide to the benefits of a sedum roof.

What is a sedum roof?

A sedum roof is a type of living roof. So once a fully waterproof and durable roof membrane has been applied to your roof deck, like a single ply roof membrane, a layer of vegetation is rolled out over the top. This acts as a ballast, to prevent the roof from moving and keep it weighted down. But it also creates an attractive and effective green roof. Which has a range of benefits.

Benefits of a sedum roof

There are many benefits of a sedum roof. These include:

  • increased energy efficiency
  • improved air quality
  • more successful planning applications

Increased energy efficiency

With a lot of political and social focus being applied to conserving energy, and reducing energy waste, it’s easy to see why improving energy efficiency is such a top priority for companies and businesses. And a sedum roof could help you achieve just that. In fact, by installing a sedum roof, your company could make big reductions to energy usage. This is because, a sedum roof can actually reduce the loss of heat through the roof. The layers of vegetation will provide additional insulation to your property. And this means that in the winter your business won’t have to spend as much money on heating bills, leading to big savings.

In addition, a sedum roof can also help prevent your roof from becoming too hot during the summer. This overheating usually raises the temperature in your property, and prompts you to use the air conditioning. But this is not the case for properties with a sedum roof.

Improved air quality

Another of the benefits of a sedum roof is the improved air quality. Adding plant life and vegetation to the roof of your building can help to filter out harmful toxins from pollution. The plant leaves trap harmful dust particles in the air, and because of the almost constant cycle of evaporation, the air temperature can be cooled. As a result, your sedum roof could help reduce the amount of smog, and improve the quality of the air around your property.

More successful planning applications

Trying to secure planning permission for a property in a rural area can be a challenge. But if you use a sedum roof as part of your design, your application could be more likely to be successful.  This is because if your green roof plans meet sustainability policies, the local authority is much more likely to look favourably on your application.

For more information or advice about creating or installing a sedum roof on your commercial or industrial property, get in touch with the experts today, here at Enviroply Roofing.