GREEN ROOF BASICS
In addition to these numerous benefits, a green roof can increase a sense of pride and civic participation, while creating beautiful natural views.
With today’s emphasis on energy conservation, sustainability, and reduced environmental impact, a green roof grown by Roof Top Sedums is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.
What is a Green Roof?
A green roof is vegetation growing on a contained roof space.Green roofs help improve the visual appeal and biodiversity of a building while reducing roof temperatures, absorbing rainwater, providing insulation from the elements and noise pollution, reducing the environmental impact of the structure, and creating habitat for native flora and fauna. Once your green roof is in place, it will grow above your expectations!
The benefits of a green roof are real and wide-ranging.
Green roofs conserve water by absorbing excess storm water, sometimes by as much as 90% annually, and reduce the effects of storm water runoff. In doing so, green roofs reduce flooding, erosion, artificial heating of water, and they reduce the need for on-site storm water management systems.
Succulent green roof plants naturally reduce the risk of fire and the acoustic insulation of a green roof can reduce transmission of outdoor sound by as much as 40 decibels.
The urban heat island effect is the difference in temperature between urban areas and their rural surroundings. Many urban environments have high concentrations of hard, dark surfaces that give off excess heat. Roof surfaces especially can heat up to over 150 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Vegetated areas such as yards, parks, and green roofs help to lower the urban air temperature by decreasing temperature differentials between hard surfaces and the air. A fully vegetated green roof will cool the air, which in turn slows air currents, and can reduce the occurrence of dust and violent weather events.