Living roof

History of the Living Roof

In the year 500 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World stood tall and wondrous, it was the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, home of the most famous living roof (otherwise known as a green roof). The Babylonians planted shrubs and trees in the stone arches of their buildings making some of the most beautiful and alive buildings in both ancient and modern times.

What is the purpose of a living roof?

There are several reasons to consider building a living roof, and they differ depending on the time period we’re discussing. Some of the most common reasons include absorbing rainwater, increasing insulation, creating wildlife habitat, improving the building aesthetics, and lowering air temperatures, especially in urban areas.

These days, we have more modern means of insulating our homes, and no one loves having wild animals living on their rooftop. But green roofs still provide a lot of benefits in large urban areas. Densely packed urban areas form what’s known as a heat island. This is essentially an area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural regions because of the number of people, cars, and buildings in that immediate location.

While a green roof might not be ideal in your suburban or rural residential neighborhood, there are plenty of ways to add some more greenery to your home and to improve the structure of your roof. To learn more about your home exterior and roofing options, visit our website or give us a call at (281) 853-8634. Our team at Alpha 1 Restorations would be happy to guide you along on this journey and make your house the newest wonder of the world.