Benefits of Green roofs

There are many benefits to a green roof aside from being aesthetically pleasing.
Below are some of the largest benefits from having a green roof.

Thermal Insulation

In the winter green roofs offer thermal insulation as they keep in heat from the layers of the green roof and in the summer the plants sweat (evapotranspiration), keeping the roof cooler.

Recreating lost habitats

Habitats lost at ground level because of a new build are re-created to encourage wildlife and biodiversity in an area to flourish. Our carefully selected vegetation and our techniques we use to lay green roofs can attract specific beetles, spiders and other insects. Laying a green roof really is a science!

Reduce stormwater run-off

A green roof system will hold and slowly release quantities of water during storms, reducing the flooding effect caused by excessive rainwater runoff.

Roof lifespan

A green roof covers the membrane of the roof and therefore prevents deterioration caused by UV rays. Studies have shown that a roof can last up to three times longer than a standard exposed roof.


A green roof increases the chances of having planning accepted due to all the great benefits mentioned above. Also having a green roof and working alongside the ecologist can contribute to the building Research Establishment environmental assessment method (BREEAM)

Reduced sound pollution

Depending on the thickness of the system the layers of the green roof can absorb sound from going out and deflect noise coming in which is particularly beneficial in busy areas of high noise pollution.

Aesthetically pleasing

Of course green roofs look great and they can be designed however you want, whether that is to blend with your surroundings, be a great amenity space, or just something beautiful to look over from above.


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