When you think about green roofs, it’s pretty incredible how much they can do. Like a traditional roof, green roofs provide shelter for the residents below and a haven for animals above. On top of that, green roofs help the environment by reducing water runoff, pollution, and the greenhouse effect. Green roofs aren’t only amazing from an environmental perspective. A lot of work has been done to make them aesthetically pleasing. Many who picture green roofs think of rolls of turf laid out across the roof. But just as a lawn can be landscaped in millions of ways, a green roof can as well. From sleek, modern designs to a humble hobbit hole look, a green roof can look like anything.
But one thing that has still intimidates people about green roofs is the installation time. In order to create a green roof, multiple layers need to be laid down in order to support plant life. Then the plants themselves have to be established before they can be planted on the roof. All-in-all, a green roof takes much longer to install than a traditional roof. But companies like Urbanscape and LiveRoof are working to change that by creating something they call modular green roofing.
What is modular green roofing?
The term “modular” when talking about construction refers to the method of creating something in parts that can be pieced together later. Modular green roofing works by growing segments of living roof in trays so that they’re fully ready at the time of installation. When the roof is ready for the green layer to be installed, the company ships out the trays (or rolls) of plant life. The roofing company then simply installs the trays over a roofing membrane which is placed to protect underlying roofing materials from penetration. The process cuts out much of the time required to build a green roof.
Best of all, modular green roofs are still completely customizable. Just as a roll of turf can be cut to fit any shape for any landscaping project, modular green roofing trays can be cut as well. The cut pieces fit together tightly to cover every square inch of the roof and prevent leaks. Homeowners can also request certain plants to be used. Modular green roofs can be installed in a number of days which is incredible compared to normal installation times for green roofs. As a bonus, by installing a modular green roof, homeowners skip the awkward stage of having a partially grown green roof.
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