If your commercial property needs a new roof, it can be easy to simply switch like for like. But this might not be the best decision. Instead, you should make sure that you choose a roof option that is stylish, and practical, suiting all the requirements of your building. You also need a roof that will offer longevity, so that you won’t be in the same situation in just a few short years. Single ply roofing is a great option that can tick all the boxes. And using single ply roofing to create a green roof could be even better. But what is a green roof? And how could a green roof transform your property? Well, here at Enviroply Roofing, we are the North West’s leading roofing experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to green roofs.

What is a green roof?

A green roof usually uses a single play roofing system, which is then held in place by a layer of vegetation. This is usually in the form of a sedum mat, which is rolled over the top to act as a ballast. As you can tell, the correct wind load calculations are vital to creating an effective green roof that will be durable, stable and secure.

A sedum mat is often used to create a green roof. A sedum mat is simply a fibrous mat, into which many sedum plants are sewn. These plants will flourish and grow in many harsh environments, like those found on urban or industrial roofs.

How could a green roof transform your property?

So, why should you choose a green roof? And what kind of results can you expect from a new green roof? Well, a green roof can transform your property both aesthetically and in terms of practicality too.

Aesthetics

Aesthetically speaking, a green roof adds interest, vibrancy and colour to your building. This can bring a sense of character and definition to your property, and help make it stand out amongst other buildings in the area. This means your customers and clients will be more likely to remember you.

Green roofs can also be enjoyed by people with access to the roof. Whether that’s your employees, or visitors too, a green roof can be used to create a roof garden space, that will really look the part.

Practicalities

In terms of the practicalities, your green roof can offer a lot of advantages. These include:

  • Thermal efficiency- any single play roof creates a roof that is well insulated and protected from the elements. But adding an additional layer of vegetation on top of the roof can further increase the thermal efficiency. This is simply because less heat will escape. But also, the plants on the roof will protect the roof from the sun, preventing your building from becoming too hot in the summer.
  • Water and drainage- a green roof is not a blue roof. So it is not designed to absorb water and then release it slowly. But as part of the natural process, this is generally what happens, until the roof vegetation is entirely saturated. The vegetation will take on some of the water, and this will be filtered into the gutters and drains at a slower pace.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Enviroply Roofing.