What are the Benefits of Rooftop Gardens
In a busy city, you may not be able to have a property with a garden. Or you live in an apartment and have to walk many blocks to get to a park. The solution is rooftop gardens, see above. What you’ll need is a concrete rooftop where you can set up a grass patch, some shrubs, and pot plants to create a paradise retreat.
This trend in landscaping and architecture could be the next big thing in the new millennium. It does not have to be something that is simply a necessity for green space, but also a luxury in-house design to differentiate a structure from a traditional house. A house covered in green spaces will stand out as the innovative house in a neighborhood. Such a feature will also add substantial value to the property, reflected in the sale’s price.
Many cities have penthouse apartments with gardens, and if you can afford one it’s as close to having a house with a garden in the city. However, most likely you need to be a celebrity or very wealthy to live in such a space.
Green is beautiful and the more green a house the better, but how about sustainability green. If a house covered in the grass can also be sustainable and ‘green’, then you have a marketing marvel. Buyers would be very interested to own fully green home, one that will look and be green. Just a tip for developers, try a greenhouse.
Are rooftop gardens good for the environment?
A green roof or living roof is a roof made up of vegetation and the soil needed to grow it. Both were installed over a system of waterproofing membranes. Similar to a green terrace, a green roof does not allow heat to be lost. During hot periods, when temperatures rise very much, it prevents excessive heating of the house. The plants on the roof create the sensation of moist air, helping to achieve a cooling effect.
These gardens have innumerable benefits, in a city choked with concrete, iron, and glass. It reduces the greenhouse effect, increases the life of a roof, offers a recreational space. Due to global warming, the seasons’ change, there are large temperature differences, and others. It was found, however, that the temperature in these homes does not rise above 79 degrees F in summer. But does not fall to freezing temperature in winter. In other words, a hot terrace turns into natural air conditioning.
Some of the rooftop gardens benefits
The concrete giants that dominate a metropolis’s skyline often forget about the greater land area tucked out of our line of sight. With the amount of available floor-stage land shrinking in urban regions, it’s greater importance than ever to consider how we can extend upwards.
No matter how green we are, there will always be a part of our brain that will ask, “Well, how do I benefit from this?” The answer is that your wallet will have many long-term benefits. Although the green roof can be expensive to install, the investment usually pays off in a few years.
The green roofs form a layer of insulation for the house. This means that homeowners will probably use less insulation for their roofs when they use less energy. In fact, studies have shown that a green roof can reduce cooling costs by 25% during the summer months. These savings are massive when they start to accumulate.
Now, this may not seem like a big advantage, but if you are in an area with a lot of air traffic, you will quickly notice the benefit that is provided by a green roof.
Although it may seem strange at first, green roofs are usually unique and particularly beautiful.
Also, a green roof can reduce the number of roof leaks and, in some cases, can eliminate them completely. This may not seem like a benefit, but when it comes to cleaning gutters and gutters, you’ll be happy when you don’t have to clean anything since you have nothing.
The green roof reduces the energy consumption required for heating by up to 25%, by increasing the thermal insulation coefficient. In addition, it is well known that a conventional roof absorbs solar heat during the day and then radiates it during the night.
A green roof will trap water in the vegetation. Water that will gradually evaporate during the day, leading to cooling of the roof.
A green roof will help purify the air and reduce pollution. Which we all know is one of the main problems of the century in which we live. This little garden will turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, and the air you breathe when you open the window will be much cleaner.
Types of green roof
Depending on the plants chosen for coverage, two types of roofs are differentiated: extensive and intensive.
The extensive roof involves a very thin layer of soil on which grow extremely tolerant plants that do not involve special care or require almost no care.
In contrast, the intensive type roof presupposes the existence of a much thicker and looser layer of soil that can look like any other garden with trees and shrubs. This roof requires the same care as a regular garden and can only be made for solid roofs that support this load.
The green roof offers a home all the comfort it needs. It protects against wind, but also from the weather, as the amount of water resulting from the rains is partially absorbed by the soil used to create the main layer. Excess water will be eliminated through a special drainage system.
If you live in a crowded city, full of agitation and stressful noises, a green roof will save you from the noise problem, as it is a very good sound insulator.