When your business building has a flat roof, you may be wondering what you can do with the wasted space. While such systems as the heating and air conditioning units may take up some of the space, they still leave a lot of unused potential.
One possible use for the unused space on the building's flat roof is having a professional install a green roof where small patches of grass, plants, and small trees can be planted. Along with providing a beautiful hidden area for your business, a green roof also has a couple of other benefits when professionally installed on a business building's flat roof.
1. Roof's Vegetation Absorbs Excess Rainwater to Help Prevent Water Accumulation That Can Lead to Roof Damage and Leaks
One benefit of having a green roof on your business instead of leaving the flat roof bare is that the vegetation will absorb excess rainwater. With a bare roof, excess water can accumulate into puddles that linger, which can cause deterioration of the surface membrane and eventually lead to damage and leaks.
When a green roof is installed, the vegetation will absorb the excess rainwater to prevent puddling. The excess moisture is then channeled away from the roof to keep puddles and flooding from occurring.
2. Vegetation Provides an Extra Layer of Insulation to Help Make Your Business Building More Comfortable and Energy Efficient
Another benefit of having a green roof on your building is that the vegetation provides an effective extra layer of insulation. Even with the insulation provided during the installation of a bare flat roof, there can still be some heat and cold air loss.
However, when at least part of the roof is blanketed by vegetation, the soil and plants help to keep those areas insulated. Because the air from your business's heating and cooling systems is trapped inside the building, it can make the structure more comfortable as well as more energy efficient.
Once a green roof is in place, another benefit is that it can provide a peaceful area for your employees to have their breaks or additional space for customers, depending on your business. However, you will need to first have the flat roof inspected by a professional to determine if it is strong enough to support the extra weight.
Contact a commercial roofing company in your area to schedule an inspection as well as discuss your options for having a green roof installed on your business's flat roof.