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Green Roofing

Green roofs have a wide range of different uses. We’ve seen them used to cover home extensions, large office blocks, provide garden studios and much more. One of the best things about green roofing is that it naturally helps to control and moderate the temperature inside your building. When the temperature changes, your green roof naturally neutralizes the effects, making your building cooler in summer and warmer in winter. As well as anything else, this means that green roofs can actually help to lower your energy bills.

Green roofs have incredible natural durability. This means that they’re very low maintenance, and you’ll only need to have them checked once a year at most. The roofing helps to add a touch of natural beauty to your building’s exterior. They also provide somewhere that encourages wildlife, insects and birds to live and feed on the roof. This makes it a fantastic choice for not just people who like the presence of nature and wildlife, but environmentally conscious people looking to add a touch of nature to their building.

Green roofing protects your building from rainwater, UV rays and extreme weather in the harsher months, extending the longevity of your roof and building. It also provides great sound insulation, helping to nullify sounds of up to 18 decibels or more.

What is Green Roofing?

Green roofs, also known as eco-roofs, are more than just a way to stand out from the crowd and give your building a unique landscaped design. They are a critical step in reducing flooding and maintaining biodiversity in the UK. As a company that always tries to deliver a high-quality service to our customers and the environment, we have become leaders in green roof installation.

A green roof is a system of roofing that uses natural vegetation to finish the roof covering as opposed to other materials. This layer of vegetation sits on top of the conventional waterproofing layer of the building. This is not a new concept; however, it is growing in popularity as people take steps towards mitigating the impacts of climate change. Many local authorities insist on green roof installation on new-build projects.


Sedum Blanket – This is a lightweight fully grown grass blanket installed on a filter layer, and is then laid directly over the waterproofing system without and secondary substrate. These are low maintenance.

Plug Planted Systems – Individually planted roof, incorporating different sedums, grasses, plants and wildflowers.

Recreational Gardens, Terraces and Spaces  –  These provide gardens and spaces at roof level, with ground level landscaping. It is not uncommon for car parks in city centres to have a green roof on the underground car park, to maximise the space.


  • They increase heat insulation meaning lower greenhouse gas emission for your property and lower energy bills.
  • They have a longer lifespan and increase the value of your property.
  • They provide recreational space.
  • Vegetation from green roofs can filter pollutants and CO2 from the air and smog.
  • Intensive green roofs can be used to grow fruit and vegetables.
  • Green roofs are a natural sound insulator.
  • Depending on the design, a green roof can be used for garden leisure activities in properties with no ground level garden.
  • Prevents flooding.


The Benefits Of Green Roofing

As urban areas expand, we are seeing a gradual loss of green spaces. Trees are being cut down to make space for new construction and few developments factor in the need for vegetation, particularly in lower-income areas. Thankfully it is not all bad news thanks to a growing trend of green roofing. 

Green roofs provide a way to incorporate landscaping on to roof designs. This approach offers several benefits to the environment, society, and property owners. 

Reduced Stormwater Runoff

When it rains in urban areas, the non-porous surfaces of rooftops, pavement, and tarmacked roads cause water runoff to build up and increase the likelihood of flooding. Green roofs can absorb a significant amount of water, helping to reduce runoff and risk of flooding.  There is also less pressure on sewers reducing the risk of overflows.

Encourages Biodiversity

Besides helping to add a touch of natural beauty to the area, green roofs also tend to attract more birds, insects and other animals to live and feed off the plants and bushes. The plants can also help to filter the air and will produce oxygen that can counter the effects of city pollution

Improved Wellbeing 

Being around nature has been known to make people happier and less stressed. With so many city dwellers working in high-stress jobs, just a few minutes’ of contact with nature can do a world of good. Nature has a relaxing and restorative effect that can also help reduce feelings of anger and fear. 

Reducing Energy Costs 

Green roofs have proven effective in regulating temperatures within structures they cover. They assist in regulating the flow of air even when the temperature changes. Buildings can remain cooler in warm weather and warmer in cold weather. This helpful regulation of temperature means less pressure on HVAC systems and lower utility bills. 

Urban Heat Island Effect Alleviation

Temperatures tend to be elevated in urban areas than the surrounding countryside, particularly at night. This is believed to be as a result of the way surfaces of buildings tend to absorb and retain heat, and the many human activities that contribute further energy. Green roofs can help to reduce this effect by reducing the heat absorbed by buildings and filtering the air of pollutants that affect air quality. 


Green roofs are low maintenance with most requiring no more than a once-a-year-inspection for maintenance. They are also highly long-lasting, with many expected to last as much as 50 years and more. The Wohldorf-Ohlstedt in Germany is a testament to this having had a green roof for over 70 years. With due care being taken, any investment in a green roof can be recouped in 8-20 years. This quality is enhanced by the energy savings enjoyed. 

Sound Insulation

With noise pollution also being a problem in urban areas, green roofs can be a big help thanks to the ability of plants to lower high sound frequencies. This is in contrast to buildings that tend to amplify such noises as traffic. This insulation can be a big help in making office environments more conducive for work and homes more peaceful for rest.

A Brief History of Green Roofing

The concept of green roofing has been around for thousands of years. One of the most famous examples is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built in 500 BC, the gardens were grown over stone pillars and roofs, which were waterproofed with layers of reeds and tar. Later, during the Middle Ages, Vikings were known to place sod and grass on the roofs of their dwellings to insulate the interior.

The more modern green roofs that we recognise today were developed in Germany in the 1970s. When the oil crisis hit its peak, Germany was one of the first countries to explore the use of green roofs as a way to conserve energy while restoring nature and protecting roof membranes from the elements. By the 1990s, there were an estimated 13 million square metres of green roofing in Germany.

Thanks to advancements in technology over the last few decades, sophisticated green roofing systems have been made possible, such as sedum blanket and plug planted systems. As climate change becomes a more pressing issue, green roofing’s environmental benefits are a big driving force behind its growing popularity, for both residential and commercial buildings.

What’s more, green roofing still offers the same aesthetic beauty as it did in the ancient city of Babylon all those centuries ago.

Why Choose Protech Roofing?

If you’re looking for high-quality green roofing installation at a reasonable price, look no further than Protech Roofing.

We’ve been in business for over 24 years, giving us a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to all things roofing. In this time, we’ve built a reputation as a quality, reliable and cost-effective commercial roofing company in Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. It’s why we’ve been trusted with major roofing repair and refurbishment projects for high-profile clients such as Manchester United, The Lowry and Manchester Arena.

Despite our long and proud history, we’re very much a modern business. We strive to stay up to date with all the latest developments in industry standards and regulations, ensuring both quality and compliance when it comes to our work. We’re also continually working with the newest and most advanced technology that’s available to us, ensuring that you receive an excellent product and service.

As proof of our high-quality service and all the hard work we’ve put in over the years, Protech Roofing has accumulated a number of accreditations from leading bodies in the roofing industry, such as CHAS and NFRC. We’re also approved contractors for Sarnafil and PDT. In 2017, we were awarded the best refurbishment award by the SPRA (Single Ply Roofing Association).

With Protech Roofing, you can rest assured that your roofing project is in good hands.

Get In Touch

Whether you’re a homeowner, a business owner or a property developer, we can provide the green roofing solution to suit your project. To find out more about our green roofing service, simply get in touch with one of our friendly and professional roof experts on 0113 204 0274 or at Or you can fill out our enquiry form here.

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