Looking After Your Green Roof
What’s A Green Roof?
A green roof, sometimes referred to as a living roof, is a flat or pitched roof covered with plants and vegetation in an effort to bring life, nature and a healthy flow of oxygen output back to your home, business or workplace. A near-perfect environment for plants to thrive on your rooftop, an eco-roof can help you save money, as a luscious coat of green roofing will keep your home warm all year round, meaning you’ll spend less on energy bills.
Green roofing has a number of benefits for both yourself and the wider environment, not only will green roofing create a natural habitat for flora and fauna, this will aid the biodiversity of the area, encouraging a wider spread of species to be facilitated. Green roofing will improve air quality, as the surrounding vegetation helps to reduce the gaseous pollutants and dust particles in the air, whilst simultaneously reducing the impact of the urban heat island effect, (the difference in temperature between urban areas and the surrounding countryside), through the absorption of heat and evaporation of water from plants and soil. A green roof will shrink your properties carbon footprint dramatically, with lower running costs and energy bills all year round, green roofs will even reduce construction costs, with less emphasis required on drainage systems, stormwater attenuation and so on, thanks to the increased life expectancy of waterproofing membranes when protected by green roof landscaping.
Many local authorities are now in favour of planning proposals that intend to use green roofing solutions within the construction, particularly if you are noticeably contributing toward a more sustainable environment as a business or homeowner. This means that the market value for properties with green roofing solutions is spiking, and there’s never been a better time to consider their many advantages both in a personal financial sense and for the environmental health of the wider community.
Looking After Your Green Roof
Looking after your green roof is essential in maintaining its ecosystem, oxygen output and life. This is why it’s important to contact your local roofing company to carry out evaluation and maintenance works at least once a year. A typical maintenance programme includes:
Upon arrival, a member of the professional repairs team will perform a comprehensive review of your green roof to determine what remedial work needs to be done.
Removal Of Unwanted Items
Over time a green roof can become congested with leaves, debris and other unwanted vegetation, which can be removed as part of the service.
Roof outlets are inspected and any encroaching vegetation is removed to enable water to flow freely through rainwater pipes.
Application Of Fertiliser
An organic slow-release granular fertiliser is now applied to your roofing system to encourage growth.
After all remedial work has been performed the irrigation system will be examined and tested, ensuring it is working as expected.
At James Dunn Roofing, our eco-friendly roofing solution will enable greenery to flourish while still offering the durability and strength you’d expect from your roof. Based in Oxford, we service clients throughout Oxfordshire. Our family-run business is big enough to cope with your roofing needs and small enough to care about each project. Contact us today for all your roofing solutions.