Going green is on everyone's mind these days, and a great starting point is your home. Solar panels and energy-efficient appliances are popular choices, but there's a hidden gem a lot of people overlook: green roofs.

Green roofs, also known as living roofs, are roofs covered in vegetation planted over a waterproofing membrane. They bring a beautiful pop of nature to your building and come with some impressive environmental benefits that make them a win for both you and the planet.

At Hampshire Green Roofing, we're passionate about all the ways green roofs can benefit homeowners and businesses. Let's explore the many reasons to add some green to your roof!

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What Makes Green Roofs Sustainable?

 

Energy Savings

The plants provide a thick layer of insulation, keeping your building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This translates to big reductions on your heating and air conditioning usage. Using less energy means fewer greenhouse gases spewing out of power plants, which helps keep our environment cleaner. (And keep more money in your pocket, too!)

 

Improved Air Quality

The vegetation on green roofs act as natural air filters. They absorb pollutants and release clean oxygen, improving air quality in urban areas that often struggle with smog and traffic fumes. This benefit is particularly important for densely populated cities.

 

Habitat Creation

Green roofs provide much-needed green spaces in urban jungles. These little oases can be havens for a variety of plants, from mosses and sedum to wildflowers, and they attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. This helps to increase biodiversity in cities, which are becoming increasingly devoid of natural habitats.

 

Extended Roof Lifespan

The vegetation layer on a green roof protects the underlying roofing membrane from the sun's harmful UV rays and extreme temperature fluctuations. This shielding can significantly extend the lifespan of the roof, reducing replacement costs and the environmental impact of discarded roofing materials.

 

Stormwater Management

Green roofs absorb rainwater like a sponge, reducing the amount that rushes into storm drains. This rainwater is either taken up by the plants or slowly released over time, lessening the risk of flash floods and reducing the burden on overloaded sewage systems during heavy rainfall.

Who Benefits from a Sustainable Green Roof?

Homeowners

Adding a green roof to your house, garage, or garden room will boost your home's sale value along with boosting your green credentials. That's a major plus for both the environment and your wallet – you'll be helping the earth and saving money now, and making a greater profit when you eventually sell!

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Business Owners

Green roofs aren’t just for houses - businesses can reap even bigger rewards thanks to their typically larger roof space!

The eco-friendly benefits green roofs bring go hand-in-hand with improving your BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating and demonstrate your commitment to the environment, which improves your reputation and helps attract eco-friendly tenants or investors. The energy savings from a green roof also mean lower running costs, freeing up cash to invest in other sustainable initiatives.

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Save Energy and Help the Planet with Our Sustainable Green Roofs

Our green roofs are more than just a pretty sight - they're a revolutionary building solution that reduces your energy bills, improves air quality around your property, and creates a haven for wildlife, all while extending the lifespan of your roof.

Over the years, we've become Hampshire's go-to choice for green roof installations. We offer a winning combination of:

  • Expert craftsmanship: Our experienced team build your green roof to last, using the latest techniques and high-grade materials.
  • Considerate installations: We understand the importance of minimising disruption during installation. Our team will work efficiently and follow strict safety standards to guarantee a smooth process.
  • Unmatched customer care: We prioritise clear communication before, during, and after the process, from free consultations and property surveys to advice on maintaining your new roof.
  • Competitive pricing: We believe sustainability shouldn't break the bank and offer cost-effective solutions to suit your budget.

During your consultation, we'll work closely with you to design a green roof that complements your building's style and function. Whether you prefer a low-maintenance sedum roof, a vibrant wildflower meadow, or something else entirely, we'll create a customised plan to bring your vision to life.

The end result will be a stunning, eco-friendly roof that beautifies your property while contributing to a more sustainable future. Get a free quote online or call us on 02382 512832 today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many benefits to installing a green roof. They reduce storm-water runoff to reduce the risk of flooding in drainage basins; they reduce energy use of heating and air-conditioning by insulating the roofs and keeping the building warmer in winter and cooler in summer; a roof’s lifespan is increased by reducing heat fluctuations and UV exposure which degrades roof membranes; they help to mitigate the effects of global warming; the urban heat island effect is lessened in large cities; air and water quality is improved; they act as noise insulation and can reduce noise transfer by 8 decibels; they increase biodiversity and reclaim land lost by development and urban sprawl; and of course, they look beautiful!

In most cases where green roofs are installed on existing buildings, planning permission is not required. However, it is always advisable when making any kind of alteration to a building to contact your local planning department.

Green roofs can be created on flat or pitched roofs. Ideally, a green roof will go on a slope up to 10° but if it's on a slope over 20°, make sure you have a frame to stop the green roof from slipping. First, a layer of waterproofing needs to be added to your shed or garage.

Green roofs last 40 years or more and attract wildlife such as birds, bees and spiders.

In addition to thermal insulation, a green roof also has a sound-insulating effect. The combination of substrate, plants and the embedded air in the green roof system provide good sound insulation. Sound waves are absorbed and reflected.

Yes. Green Roofs are 'Low-Maintenance' not 'No-Maintenance'. Green roof maintenance is generally a very simple process. They are designed so that they will not require endless hours keeping them looking at their best.

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Complete our enquiry form for a free, no obligation quote. Or Simply call us on 023 8251 2832 to discuss your requirements.

Please note, we cannot quote for any green roof projects under 15m2.