A green roof is classified as one with the addition of vegetation and soil to any roof type. Installing a green roof can actually reduce several negative effects that buildings would have on local ecosystems whilst simultaneously reducing the buildings’ energy consumption and flat roofs are perfect for them!
Living, or green, roofs have been shown to increase sound insulation and fire resistance. A green roof can also provide an alternative recreation space either additional to, or instead of, a garden.
The environmental benefits provided by green roofs are also an attraction to home and business owners. They provide a habitat for wildlife in an area that perhaps otherwise would not have any suitable habitat. Additionally they could also be used as habitat corridors by some species that would otherwise not be able to cross such an open and unprotected space.
Although suitable for any type of roof, green roofs work particularly well on flat roofs. Be sure to put in adequate drainage and run off areas when planning the roof. You could even add a deck area in if the intention is to use the roof as a garden.
Once the installation of the turf is complete it will only be a matter of weeks before the roots have established, although if installed in winter this can take a little longer. Turf installed during winter gives it a chance to bed in and seed ahead of spring, and it will stay green throughout the winter months too!