The advantages of a green roof
A green roof is not only beautiful to look at, it is also good for people and the environment. And it has many more benefits! Green roofs help improve the city's climate, provide healthy air, capture rainwater and provide pleasant habitats for bees, insects and birds. In addition, people feel better in a green environment.
Human and environmental benefits of a green roof
A green roof collects rainwater and temporarily stores the water on the roof. The water is absorbed by the plants in the green roof and later returned to the air through evaporation. The remaining precipitation is removed from the roof surface only after some time. A green roof thus contributes to a stable groundwater level. The sewer system is relieved, preventing flooding and flooding in the street during heavy rain.
Ensures cleaner air
The many plants on a green roof act as filters for fine dust and convert CO2 into oxygen. With a green roof, you help create cleaner air and enjoy better air quality, especially in urban areas.
Less noise - both indoors and outdoors
A green roof has a sound-insulating effect. It dampens noise from the street and creates a quieter environment. And not only outside. Thanks to the green roof, less noise also enters your home.
Protects against heat in summer
A green roof provides a cooler and more pleasant climate in summer. The plants in a green roof absorb sunlight and thus act like Mother Nature's air conditioner. Around a green roof, the outside temperature is 3° C lower. But the climate inside the house also improves. You need to use the air conditioning less. This saves you energy and money.
Protects the roof covering
A green roof protects the roof covering from weather conditions such as sun, rain, hail, wind and extreme temperatures. Your roofing will last two to three times longer.
Your property becomes more valuable
The positive benefits of a green roof - such as lower energy consumption, longer roofing life and a more pleasant climate in and around the house - increase the value of your home.
Provides space for birds, butterflies and insects
Green roofs can consist of different types of plants, such as Sedum, herbs, grasses or host plants. These plants are important habitats for birds, bees, butterflies and other insects. With a green roof, you help preserve bees and butterflies and biodiversity.
Creates a fire-retardant layer
Plants naturally retain a lot of moisture. With a green roof, you therefore create a natural fire-retardant layer on the roof.
Green makes you happy!
Green makes you happy! In a green environment, people feel better. Because green roofs are beautiful and inviting to look at, people experience less stress and feel more relaxed.
Solar panels work better
Thanks to the plants on a green roof, the temperature on the roof drops. Solar panels work better on cooler roofs than on hot roofs. Installing a green roof under the solar panels improves the efficiency of the solar panels and saves on your energy costs.
Saves time & money / grant application
Installing a green roof using pre-cultivated vegetation mats is very easy and quick. It also maintenance of your green roof is minimal as a result. So you save time and money in the long run.
Some municipalities provide a subsidy for the construction of a green roof. Conditions may vary from municipality to municipality.
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Brings people together
Living in a green environment has a proven positive impact on the living environment and brings people together. Green roofs are like green oases in the built environment that bring nature within people's reach. Thanks to greenery, there is less aggression and vandalism.
Instant green, hardly any maintenance
With vegetation blankets, your green roof is ready within a day, with instant green results. On delivery, the mats for 90% are covered with plants. As a result, there is hardly any room for weed growth and maintenance on your green roof is minimal.
Has a positive effect on health
People who live in a green environment feel better. Green increases pain tolerance and people recover faster; this is also known as a "healing environment". So green roofs have a positive effect on health. Moreover, living in a green environment can reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes in the long term.
Protects against wind and storms
During high winds, gusts of wind or a storm, your green roof protects the roof covering from being blown away. In short, with a green roof you have an extra stable and erosion-resistant layer on your roof.