Living Roofs

Support local wildlife, insulate your home and transform your rooftop with living roofs.

Bring your outdoor space to life with living roofs, creating an attractive urban oasis that promotes biodiversity, purifies the air and insulates your home or business. Our ready-made sedum living roofs give your rooftops an instant elevation aesthetically, and environmentally.

Extensive living roof systems support the growth of vegetation, such as sedum and wildflowers, on top of a building structure, such as your shed, conservatory or office space. The multi-layer cassette supports plant life and yields significant environmental benefits.

Here’s how living roofs can benefit your space:
  • Escape the hustle and bustle of city life without having to leave your doorstep
  • Relax and unwind with natural sound absorption
  • Breathe easy with improved air quality
  • Regulate indoor temperatures and cut down on heating costs
  • Boost your property’s kerb appeal
  • Absorb stormwater to alleviate pressure on drainage systems
  • Maintains and promotes longevity of your roof
  • Secure financial incentives and tax savings

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    Embrace sustainability with extensive living roofs

    Building a living roof is an investment in long-lasting environmental and financial benefits. As a natural insulator, you’ll not only benefit from the peace and quiet of their sound absorbency, but also regulated temperatures, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling. Furthermore, living roof plants are known for their filtration effect, trapping airborne pollutants and releasing oxygen, which contributes to cleaner, healthier air for everyone.

    “I have recently had a living wall installed in my garden by Living Walls UK and I couldn’t be happier with the work they’ve done! I would highly recommend Living Walls UK.”

    Steven Richardson, Domestic Customer

    Roll out the green carpet for local wildlife

    As well as bringing a touch of nature to urban spaces, living walls provide essential habitats to our wildlife, offering a haven for birds and insects and promoting biodiversity. There’s a reason living walls are known as ‘bee bus stops’ – the sedum and wildflowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies that contribute towards a resilient ecosystem, and a vibrant atmosphere, making them an appealing option for homeowners and businesses alike.

    Enhance your rooftop with a protective barrier

    These lush, green living roofs act as natural shields to the underlying roofing materials, deflecting harsh elements like UV radiation from the sun, temperature fluctuations and storms. The dense vegetation also acts as an absorbent buffer, soaking in water to reduce the strain on your drainage system. This results in a longer-lasting roof with enhanced performance and durability.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a living roof system?

    Also known as sedum roofs, grass roofs or green roofs, living roofs are an extension of your existing roof surface, consisting of multiple layers that recreate natural soil on man-made surfaces, such as your rooftop, as well as sheds and bus stops. Living roof systems support low maintenance vegetation, such as sedum, grass and wildflowers, to improve local biodiversity, purify the air and reduce CO2 consumption.

    Is my roof strong enough to support a living roof?

    Despite their lush appearance, living walls are actually extremely lightweight. Our range is suitable for use on flat or sloped roofs (up to 10 degrees, or 20%), making it a great option for residential and commercial buildings. Weaker roofs, such as plastic conservatory roofs, may not be suitable for living roofs as they can retain as much as 20 litres of water per square metre. You’ll also need to ensure that your roof is watertight before installing a living roof.

    The team at Living Walls UK has a wealth of experience installing living roofs, and we’re more than happy to advise on whether this type of system is suitable for your roof. Get in touch with us to find out more.

    How do I maintain my living roof?

    Living roofs, like hedging screens, are almost maintenance free, but require a little upkeep to ensure they perform their best. The first year of installation in particular is vital for establishing good root growth, you should regularly remove weeds and apply fertiliser at least twice a year. You should only need to water your biodiverse roof under very dry conditions as it will absorb and retain rainwater – something we get plenty of here in the UK! We provide maintenance services to ensure your living roof is in perfect condition.

    Do I need planning permission to install a living roof?

    For residential homes and garages, you will most likely not require planning permission to install your living roof, as long as you maintain the shape of your original roof. If your building is listed or located in a conservation area, you will need permission to make any changes, such as adding a living roof, in order to preserve the historical aesthetic. Likewise, if you need to add railings or increase the height of your roof substantially, you will also need to apply for planning permission. Contact your local council to confirm if you need permission for your living roof project.

    What is the lifespan of a living roof?

    A properly installed and maintained living roof can last upwards of 40 years, making it a lasting investment in your property. This means benefitting from decades of reduced energy bills!

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