Saving the planet one flat roof at a time
Not so very long ago, flat roofing had a reputation for being ugly, leaky, and shaky, and it was often just seen as a cost-effective, necessary evil for commercial buildings. In fact, given the choice, you would have probably ripped it out and replaced it with a nice pitched roof instead. However this is no longer the case, and there are many brilliant projects that you could do to really make the most of your flat roof space and save the planet at the same time.
If your flat roof is safe and accessible, why not consider turning it into a rooftop garden? The health benefits of a little fresh air and fauna have been well documented, and a workplace garden could be a real morale booster, and also a place for colleagues to relax and rejuvenate. Before you begin, King Koating Roofing has a top tip, which is to invest in a good quality, waterproof lining for your roof. If you make sure that the foundations of the roof are sound, then your garden above can thrive. The garden could also be a means to strengthen team bonds, maybe with competitions, such as which department can grow the biggest tomatoes? Colleagues will also be able to pull together and share their knowledge by working alongside each other to make the garden into a desirable space.
If an accessible garden isn’t an option for your company, then why not make one for plants and wildlife instead? Not only do these gardens look great, but also they can be designed to be very low maintenance, provide added insulation for your building, and also help to support local wildlife, such as birds and butterflies.
If your roof is not accessible, then why not use it as a solar panel station? Solar panels can provide your business with sustainable energy, and that means helping the planet and reducing your monthly outgoings at the same time. You don’t need to be permanently bathed in sunshine either, because solar panels simply need daylight hours. Make sure they are fitted by a reputable firm, and your solar panels will be a sound investment for the future.
Before you start on your garden or solar panel roof project, it is important to make sure that your underlying roof is strong and free from potential cracks and leaks. This means that now may be a good time to invest in a new surface for your roof. There are many options available, and it is worth getting some advice about the best roof to support your needs. It is worth considering applying a waterproof coating, an option which King Koating Roofing actually have available for commercial buildings. This will protect the interior of your building, which practically speaking means your workers, your stock, and your business. It is worth seeking out these additional extras, since they make roof maintenance and repair cheaper and easier, leaving you time to run your business, enjoy your new energy source, or relax in your new, flat roof garden.