If you want to have a modern and attractive flat with an eco-friendly green roof of live plants, you can turn your roof into a green area, covered with plants. The living roofs can be made of real grass, bushes and sometimes even trees. Not only that they look good, they are also very modern these days. It is an eco-friendly way to make your flat attractive and weatherproof it well. The living roof can act as shield against severe weather conditions for your home.
There are two main kinds of popular eco-friendly flat roofs: intensive and extensive. There is a third kind of eco-friendly flat roofs – the bio diverse or semi extensive roofing system. They are among the most preferred eco-friendly roofs nowadays. Each roof may be constructed with a combination of two or three of the kinds of eco-friendly roofs or just choosing one of them. The choice is entirely with the customer. Each type of modern eco-friendly roof has its share of advantages and disadvantages.
The extensive type of eco-friendly roofing system is one of the most famous, although not being designed for human usage. It is commonly used and quite cheap for installation. Other benefits of this roofing system are its easy maintenance and the light weight of its materials. The saplings are planted in a growing medium, which isn’t heavy or in a substrate. The depth in which the plants are put is around 20 up to 150 mm. The good news is that ground hugging sorts like the sedum are very enduring in drought conditions. This makes the extensive roofing system easy to be installed and maintained.
The second type of eco-friendly flat roof is of the intensive variety. The intensive roofing system gives a green landscape attractiveness of the flats, in which it is used. It has much deeper substrates, varying from 150 mm up to a metre and even higher than that. For this roofing system can be used a large variety of plants: different grasses, bushes and even small trees. Of course, it requires regular and well maintaining. The lawn needs to be mown and the bushes should be cropped well. It requires an installation of an irrigation system for the plants.
The bio diverse or semi extensive roofs are designed to be eco-friendly. They are established by the Swiss and are just becoming more extensively used. Usually the bio diverse or semi extensive roofs are used in order to substitute the lost habitat of the plant and insect species. Not everybody likes this type of eco-friendly roofing system. They are commonly known also as the ‘brown’ or ‘eco’ roofs.
The advantages of these eco-friendly roofs for your flat are that they are relatively easy to be maintained, reduce the expenses for cooling in your flat and provide successful and original weatherproofing of your home. Another nice feature of these roofs is the fact that they are aesthetically pleasing. Your flat will be spotted from far and will make a good impression of your house to all passersby.
These eco-friendly roofs are very steady and durable. The plants are grown above a waterproof membrane. These roofing system are not only visually green, by also eco-friendly. They decrease the expenses for cooling of your flat from fifty to ninety percent. Although some of them are quite expensive, they eliminate the carbon from the air, improve the soundproofing in your household, lower the heating, common feature for living in the town. They have some other additional advantages, which make them worth their price.
Pheeby Snow, the author of this post, does her best to
live a greener life. She works for CallCleaners London,
which uses only environmentally friendly detergents.
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