Brown roofing while similar to green roofing focuses more on biodiversity, brown roofs generally mimic their environment and natural habitats.

This system remains popular with those concerned with the continual development of greenfield and brownfield areas, as it imitates the natural landscapes and habitats of creatures and critters who have otherwise had to migrate as a result of building development.

A brown roof is developed from a simple mat that over time is left to self-vegetate from windblown and bird lime seed dispersal, this is the best way to replicate the natural environment on your roof.

Benefits of Brown Roofs

Brown roofs last twice as long as conventional roofs, as the system covers the membrane of the roof and therefore prevents deterioration caused by UV rays. They help to control the temperature of the building keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer as the plants sweat keeping the roof cooler. Brown roofs are incredibly thermal efficient and help to decrease your heating bills. Aesthetically pleasing, Brown roofs can be designed however you want, and can blend in with the natural landscape and habitats.

Habitats lost at ground level because of a new build are re-created to encourage wildlife and biodiversity in an area to flourish. Our carefully selected vegetation and our techniques we use to lay green roofs can attract specific beetles, spiders and other insects.

Brown roofs systems help to reduce stormwater run-off as the system holds and slowly releases quantities of water during storms, reducing the flooding effect caused by excessive rainwater runoff. A Brown Roof System aids you in getting planning permission accepted die to all the benefits it can offer, it can also help to increase the value of the building.

Depending on the thickness of the system, the layers of the Brown roof can help to absorb sound from leaving the building and deflect noise coming in, which is ideal for Urban areas. Brown roofs also require very low maintenance and irrigation is not required, objects such as rotting tree stumps, stones and rocks can be added to a brown roof to encourage insects and wildlife. If you are interested in a Brown roof our specialist team can offer great services at reasonable prices, so please do not hesitate to contact us.


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