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A stunning design feature – the living roof!

When it comes to finalising all of the design features and specifications of your garden room, there are a number of careful considerations to make. Arranging the space, the internal walls and the kitchenette or shower space; it all takes a lot of work and one area you may find that you don't give a lot of consideration is the roof above your head. Rather than defaulting to a standard roofing material, you could in fact enhance your garden building by choosing a sedum living roof.

The principle is very simple; by covering the surface area of your roof with a mixture of attractive, sedum plant varieties, your brand new room can tie in with the rest of the garden and the green space around it. When planning a garden room some people may have a few reservations about losing the greenery of the garden, but a sedum roof is a great way to blend the new structure in with the existing flora and can stop you from feeling like any space has been lost.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, a living roof can offer much more. As well as being a beautiful addition to your home, it can be a real asset to local wildlife; doing a great service to the struggling British bee and providing nesting material for birds and small members of our garden ecosystems. In keeping the amount of green space around our home to a maximum, it provides a place for wildlife to thrive at a time when housing developments are encroaching on nature more and more.

A living roof is also an efficient insulator and with the greenery preventing the sun's rays from heating the roof panels – and subsequently the internal space – it helps keep the building cool in summer so it's a comfortable place to be throughout the hot weather. Conveniently, the reverse is also true, as research has shown a building with a sedum roof can be 4-5 degrees celsius warmer than a building built using traditional roofing materials.

The natural properties of a living roof can help protect and prevent damage to your garden space, which is an important requirement for a roofing material. Britain can have some very harsh winters, with heavy rainfall, gale force winds, frosts and even heavy snowfall and the bad winters can take their toll on our homes. A living roof provides effective protection from the elements and the use of appropriate plants will protect against winter snows and freezing conditions.

You may expect a living roof to be difficult to care for, however in truth only occasional maintenance is required. As the roof matures the occasional trim helps keep things looking tidy and will in time encourage the roof to fill out providing a thicker barrier.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges