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5 Benefits of Green Roofs

Green roofs have exponentially increased in popularity over the last few years due to their environmental and financial benefits for commercial property owners. With Tile Tech’s modular green roof plant trays, you can transform any urban rooftop into a botanical oasis. Making the space more enjoyable as well as more environmentally friendly will not only improve your community reputation, but it will also help you see a return on investment that much sooner. Here are some of the top reasons why you’ll love having a green roof for your property. 

  1. Improved Energy Efficiency

One of the top reasons why buildings install a green roof deck paver system is because it improves the building’s energy efficiency, resulting in reduced utility bills. Having abundant plant life on your rooftop will reduce the heat flux through the roof, requiring less energy for cooling or heating the building. In fact, shading the outer surface of the building in this way has been shown to be even more effective than internal insulation. Protecting your building from direct solar heat and minimizing heat loss during winter will conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save you hundreds of dollars on electricity bills every year.

  1. Reduced Urban Heat Island Effect

Did you know that crowded cities actually tend to be several degrees hotter than the surrounding rural areas? This is due to a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. Since buildings absorb and hold onto heat, areas that are heavily built-up will retain more heat than rural areas. Heat islands have proven detrimental effects such as increases in energy demand, air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and instances of heat-related illness. By installing plant tray roof deck pavers and creating an eco-friendly green roof, you can do your part to improve air quality and reduce your city’s urban heat island. 

  1. Increased Roof Lifespan

Every roof is installed with a waterproofing underlayer, whether it’s a green roof or traditional roof deck tiles. However, by installing plant trays and creating a green roof, you can actually protect this waterproofing from UV rays and extreme daily temperature fluctuations more effectively. Doubling the lifespan of your waterproofing in this way enables you to reduce material waste from re-roofing and save significant costs over time. 

  1. Better Stormwater Management

In areas with significant rainfall, stormwater runoff can be a major issue to contend with. During periods of continuous rain, stormwater infrastructure may fail or become inadequate, which poses a risk to waterways and local animal life. Green roofs have been proven to better retain rainwater, which reduces the volume of runoff. Not only does a portion of the water return naturally to the atmosphere thanks to the plant life, but the stormwater that does run off of a green roof is cleaner than runoff from the conventional rooftop. Doing your part to ease the stress on infrastructure will not only benefit the safety of your building but the safety of the local environment as well. 

  1. Enhanced Aesthetic Appeal

Another one of the biggest reasons why property owners love to invest in plant trays for their roof paving is because of the remarkable aesthetic appeal. In a city full of browns and greys, a vibrant pop of green will feel refreshing to guests and clients. An urban garden sets you apart from the competition and helps your building stand out in a crowded city. Having a unique design element that you can tout as both beautiful and eco-friendly will help you attract more clients, which in turn will help you see a return on investment for your roof deck paver system in record time.

Here at Tile Tech, we have everything you need to create the ultimate green roof. Our unique plant tray system is an engineered roof paving system used in conjunction with our adjustable pedestals to create greener roof decks, plaza decks, and terraces. These plant trays integrate seamlessly with our elevated porcelain pavers and wood deck tiles, resulting in a stunning urban oasis for your commercial enterprise. To find out more about our product selection and installation, give us a call today at (888) 380-5575. We would be more than happy to send you a free catalog, quote, or product sample upon your request.