Green roofs are one of the biggest modern design trends for houses, apartment buildings, and commercial properties all across the country. Whether plants, flowers or grass, adding vibrant greenery to your rooftop can not only enhance aesthetic appeal and property value, but also add valuable functional benefits to your project.
The biggest hassle of green roofs is the maintenance required to maintain natural plant life in such an inhospitable environment. That’s why developers are using realistic-looking artificial grass landscaping to add a pop of greenery without all the maintenance time and costs.
Artificial turf can be easily installed on any rooftop using Tile Tech’s innovative turf tray, and the solution provides numerous benefits for properties of any size in any location. If you’re considering rooftop turf, here are four of the many ways in which roof turf can improve your roof’s performance.
Increase Your Roof’s Lifespan
One of the primary goals of any building development or home renovation is return on investment. One way to guarantee an ROI is to ensure your investment lasts as long as possible.
Installing rooftop turf alongside durable porcelain pavers will increase the lifespan of your rooftop by protecting it from the elements. From rain and snow to UV light and fluctuating temperatures, your roof has many harsh conditions to stand up to year after year. By installing rooftop turf, you’re creating a barrier between your rooftop and these elements, which allows the roof to remain in better condition for longer.
Green roofs have been proven to double or even triple the life expectancy of your rooftop. By protecting your roof’s waterproofing underlayer, you can not only reduce material waste from re-roofing, but also save hundreds or thousands of dollars on repairs in the long run.
Adequate drainage is a crucial component of any rooftop design, as excess rainfall can cause flooding if appropriate drainage isn’t in place. Even if the rainfall does drain away from the building, as much as 75 percent of that water runs off into urban areas and can pose a risk to local animal life.
Green roofs with turf trays have been proven to better retain rainwater, reducing the volume of runoff and even improving the quality of that runoff. By storing water in plants and substrate, more water can be released back into the environment naturally, reducing the strain on local infrastructure. Plus, with a dedicated comprehensive drainage system, artificial turf rooftops result in runoff stormwater that is cleaner than runoff from a conventional rooftop, better protecting the local environment and its inhabitants.
Boost Energy Efficiency
One of the most popular reasons for switching to a green roof is increased energy efficiency. With a conventional rooftop, poor insulation can often lead to substantial heat loss in winter and stifling heat retention in summer.
By utilizing a turf tray on your green roof, you can reduce this effect and stay more comfortable year-round with lower HVAC usage. Plants absorb the sun’s energy, reducing indoor temperatures in the summer without the use of AC. Some artificial turf varieties even boast properties that allow the turf to stay up to 15 percent cooler in the heat.
By protecting your building from direct solar heat and minimizing heat loss during winter, you can conserve energy, reduce your utility bills, and lower your carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Benefit the Environment
Rooftop turf can also save you money and help you do your part to protect the environment through reduced maintenance. Since artificial grass is low maintenance and doesn’t require daily watering to remain green, you can save thousands of gallons of water every year. This reduced water usage is crucial in certain climates and environmentally beneficial everywhere.
You can also eliminate your use of harmful substances such as gasoline and toxic fertilizers since deck turf doesn’t require any of the typical lawn maintenance — such as mowing, edging, and weed elimination — to remain pristine and evergreen.
If you want an easy-to-install roof deck solution within budget, look no further than Tile Tech and our innovative Turf Tray system. To learn more about the many products and services Tile Tech offers, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog or quote for your next project.