Roof Garden Appeal
Installing a rooftop garden has many benefits, even beyond those of a typical green roof system. Like a green roof system, a roof garden improves energy efficiency. But adding this feature to a building project has a range of other commercial and social benefits.
A well-designed roof garden will attract attention to your project, and that differentiation can be a major boost for a company’s financial success. Roof gardens generate buzz, add curb appeal, and have the potential to turn a building into an instant landmark.
Roof Garden Efficiency
Roof gardens are fully functional social spaces, where companies can meet and entertain clients, host employee functions, or even rent as event space. Restaurants benefit from rooftop seating or can use the space to grow their own fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Not only does it add valuable usable space, it helps reduce rooftop noise infiltration by up to 40 db.
Roof gardens also help improve energy efficiency year-round. Plants can reduce the overall heat absorption of a roof’s surface, which results in less energy consumption. Plant surfaces do not rise more than eight to 10 degrees Fahrenheit above the ambient temperature. A roof garden also affects the temperature of the air as water evaporates from their leaves, cooling the surface area.
Roof Gardens Cut Heat Loss
Bioscience magazine conducted years of studies and reported that roof gardens can cut heat loss from a building by as much as 50 percent, and reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 25 percent. Roof gardens provide excellent resistance to thermal radiation, and the top layer of plants can shield as much as 88 percent of solar radiation. The benefits of a roof garden have been backed by the U.S. Green Building Council’s endorsements of the systems though the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program.
Because every roofing project is different, Whitco also offers pre-planted modular gardens as a cost-efficient alternative to a traditional roof garden. In these systems, trays are pre-planted and transported to your roof, rather than planting on the actual job site. Whitco uses modular, moveable planting trays for maximum flexibility with the design and function of your roof.
Roof Garden Advantage
These systems offer many of the advantages of traditional roof gardens at a fraction of the price — costing about 40 percent less for initial installation. This type of system also requires less maintenance than a traditional roof garden.
Whitco’s roofing experts work with you to determine which system is best for your project. Whitco can also help you select the right plants for energy efficiency in your area, and bundle waterproofing with your garden system at a fraction of the cost.