Living roofs, sometimes called roof gardens or green roofs, are roofs that are covered with living plant life. Because of their unique, organic construction, living roofs carry with them a number of distinct benefits and advantages. Understanding the five main benefits that a living roof has to offer can help you decide if installing a living roof is the right choice for your home.
Insulation: Living roofs provide a great deal of insulation, both from noise and from heat loss, as they are made up of dense soil and organic matter. This will naturally reduce the amount of heat that seeps into your home in the summer, and the amount that leaks out in the winter. This will lower your energy bills over time, saving you money in the long run. Additionally, the density of the plant life on your roof can help reduce noise pollution from nearby major roadways, train tracks, or airports.
Fire Safety: The soil and plants that make up a living roof can retain a great deal of water. This means that in the case of a fire, your living roof can help prevent the fire, or at the very least slow its spread to other areas of your home, giving you more time to get out of your home.
Air Quality: Living roofs will help maintain or improve the air quality surrounding your home, through the process of photosynthesis, which will remove carbon emission from the air. This is especially important for homeowners living in urban areas with large amounts of emissions from vehicles and industry.
Longevity: Living roofs can help improve the lifespan of the roof that they are installed on, because they provide a buffer barrier between the roof itself and all types of weather exposure. This means that there is less general wear and tear on the roofing material that the living roof is installed upon, saving you repair and replacement money in the long run.
Reduced Runoff: In areas that have extremely high amounts of precipitation, living roofs can help prevent water from seeping into your home. By absorbing the water before it hits your roof, living roofs reduce the likelihood of roof leaks from occurring. Additionally, by reducing the total amount of water that flows off of your roof, living roofs can reduce the amount of strain placed on your gutter system, and mitigate the risk of your basement from flooding.
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