We’ve mentioned rooftop gardens as a way to bring some nature and appeal to an otherwise wasted space, your commercial roof. But, some would say that planters and other contained flora on a rooftop – although pretty, and serves its function as a livable, tranquil space for tenants and occupants – is not truly a “Green Roof.”
To transform your boring commercial roof into a garden of Eden, you need to make sure that your flat roofing system is fully waterproof. Without the proper installation of your roof, and especially without the waterproof membrane, a green roof is going to be a nightmare. But, with the right system in place – including drainage, irrigation, and space for the root system to grow – there’s no reason that you entire roof shouldn’t be put to good use.
There are a few benefits to a green roof, or a living roof that every building manager, owner, or developer will appreciate. A green roof provides natural insulation, helping you cut back on utility bills. It is also an extra amenity for your tenants, giving your building a leg up on the competition. After all, what’s a building if you can’t find people to occupy the space? You need tenants. Otherwise, it’s just a big block of wasted space. A green garden will be attractive to potential renters and buyers.
Reverse the heat island effect with a green roof
Green roofs are also helping to battle the heat island effect that we see in big commercial cities. Black commercial rooftops are creating little urban pockets of rising temperatures, but a living green roof will help reverse this phenomenon. Plants and vegetations provide shade, they filter and clean the air around us, and will release water vapor through their leaves. All three things result in lower temperatures.
Talk to a professional roofer about installing the right commercial roofing system, including a reliable waterproof barrier, so that you can cover your roof with vegetation helping the environment, helping your energy consumption, and helping your tenants get access to a little nature and fresh air in an overcrowded city.