Article by Plymouth Builders
We have recently been commissioned to build a number of properties using the unusual but not so new “Grass Roof”. Other wise known as green roofing, building companies particularly in our home city of Plymouth have been a little slow on the uptake of green roofs as it was such an unknown. There were concerns about the structural requirements, the maintenance and also planning restrictions.
Our experience now shows that these concerns are nothing more than a worry for nothing and have found the implementation really straightforward. As a construction company working with all kinds of renovations, new builds and conversions this gives us something different to offer our prospective customers.
Green roofs serve many different results for a structural building, benefits like absorbing rainwater, insulating the property and decreasing complaints from people about new buildings decimating the landscape by providing a more aesthetically designed integration into the natural habitat. It can also lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect.
We worked very closely with Gramitech for our project and they provided all the detail we needed to proceed with designing, building and maintaining such an innovative way to roof your new property. The main thing we had to consider was the load bearing on the supporting beams. Gramitech provided a formula to follow whereby the square metre area and the type,size and weight of the supporting structure accurately calculated the thickness of beams required.
The site we worked on really needed the properties to blend into the countryside, it was the terms of the building regulations they had secured which demanded environmental style and aesthetics.
Now we have these roofing methods as part of our portfolio we hope this gives us another edge over our competitors. I would certainly recommend upgrading your current building and roofing service by working with Gramitech and if you are a consumer thinking about this for your contracting project then we would say go for it. The end product is very effective way of waterproofing and insulating a roof and your property will have that unique look.