Eurospec Roofing specialises in Green Roof installations
Green Roofs also known as sedum or wildflower roofs are plant based roofs that are in fact the plant sedum. They are the best known type of green roof and are relatively self-sufficient and low maintenance. Extensive Green Roofs contribute towards improving air quality, reduce the visual impact of the roof and assist in reducing rain water run-off as well as contributing to enhancing the acoustic and thermal properties of the roof.
We are approved and accredited by Alwitra and ICB (International Construction Bureau) to install their sustainable environmentally friendly roofing solutions, that have helped to pioneer the market for green roofing and is setting the standards in waterproofing, design, roof top technology and safety.
If you have a green roofing requirement please do not hesitate in contacting us. We will be happy to talk you through our installations and the products we use. You could also fill out or quotation request form with the information of your project. QUOTATION REQUEST & CONTACT
Why a green roof?
Here are 10 good reasons to have a green roof:
A green roof that has been properly installed and maintained should extend the lifespan of a roof 2-3 times its normal life. European roofs can last between 30 and 50 years.
Green walls and roofs can reduce temperature fluctuations of roof surfaces. This can lead to significantly cooler temperatures within a building and lower air conditioning costs.
Plants cool cities during hot summer months and reduce the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. They also help reduce the amount of dust in the air.
Hard surfaces reflect sound rather than absorb it. Green roofs can act as a sound insulation, absorbing and reducing noise levels.
Having a view or access to a green roof, or similar natural vegetation, can increase the productivity and concentration of staff, as well as positive impacts on psychological well-being. There is also a lot of evidence that shows that green spaces can also help sick people recover faster.
Although the addition of a green roof to a building can be relatively expensive (£60-£140 m-2), the benefits given by the green roof should result in financial savings in future, for example by lowering energy bills and roof maintenance costs. The rental value of a building with a green roof has also been shown to be greater than surrounding buildings.
Depending on their depth of substrate, green roofs can support a wide range of plants, from succulent Sedums, to flowering perennials and even dwarf trees! All of this vegetation improves the look of a building from the outside as well as the inside.
As opposed to conventional roofs which are designed to get rid of rainwater as quickly as possible, green roofs absorb rainfall and keep most of it onsite. This can help to reduce stress on sewer and drainage systems at peak flow periods by ensuring that all the rainwater does not enter the system in one go.
Solar panels and green roofs work perfectly together, even if they are competing for space. German research discovered that solar cells over a green roof had a 6% higher output compared to cells on a bitumen roof, due to the lower air temperatures caused by the vegetation.
Herbs and perennials to create an alternative habitat for bees, butterflies, insects and birds in urban areas.
How do we do it?
A green roof is made up of many layers starting from a waterproof base from Alwitra, building to the final layer of sedum. The diagram below shows how we build an advanced but highly efficient and low maintenance green roof.