The ecological is fashionable in all areas and also in regard to home decoration. In this sense, the decoration with decks and green roofs can bring us a number of benefits.
The popularity for a sustainable and respectful life with nature is gaining ground. The eco-friendly trend dominates the different scenarios of the social agenda to ensure a healthier perspective, both for people and the planet. Therefore, decks and green roofs are a beneficial alternative.
Although it looks like a fantasy taken from the 70s, the truth is that the practices that serve to reduce environmental pollution also help improve the quality of life. In addition, most large cities are dominated by concrete and asphalt. Materials that cause a dramatic increase in temperature.
It has been shown that a single asphalt roof can generate about 70 ° C on its surface. That is why the heat is abundant in the metropolis, a product of the jungle of buildings, streets and other polluting areas.
This form of construction is known as «Island of Heat». Among other things, because most buildings retain and accumulate high temperatures for several days without dissipating.
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Why are decks and green roofs beneficial?
They are basically sustainable ecosystems installed directly in the home. There are different types, depending on the characteristics of the cover. These can be semi-extensive and extensive. In general, they serve to extend the useful life of the house. Facilitating better waterproofing and optimising thermal insulation.
- Aesthetic improvements
From the aesthetic point of view, the gardens and green areas provide a cheerful and striking view of the places.
They are usually aesthetically striking and very beautiful areas. In some cases, large landscape designs can be observed that provide elegant and comfortable environments, framed within an ecological vision.
- Cooler atmospheres thanks to decks and green roofs
The decks and green roofs clean the air that is breathed in the homes where they have been built. What implies greater oxygenation and less heat in summer seasons. This situation has a significant economic effect, by reducing the expenditure on electrical appliances that serve to regulate the temperature of the home.
Likewise, the direct benefit of a better air quality has repercussions in the reduction of the respiratory problems associated with excess pollution of carbon monoxide and other polluting substances that abound in large urban centres.
- Recycling and reuse of rainwater
Thanks to the filtering capacity that the soils with plants make, water pollution is significantly reduced.
The collapse of the streets, the result of heavy downpours, is a relatively common problem. This is caused by the high number of drainage and sewer systems. What inevitably ends up saturating and increasing the volume of waste and polluted water in urban centres.
When the natural cycle recovers, the floods caused by the rains diminish, which is another of the great advantages provided by decks and green roofs. It also allows the reuse of water, after being purified by means of plants and leaves that filter contaminated substances.
- Less noise, greater tranquillity
Coexistence is much more pleasant when annoying noises are reduced. A vegetal roof helps to dampen or even isolate the sounds coming from the outside of the house up to about 50 decibels.
This ‘ecological’ situation improves the quality of life of people. Especially for those who suffer from nervous diseases or work inside their homes, increasing their productivity.
The green areas allow to save energy thanks to its insulating effect on the excess of cold and heat.
The overall average lifetime of a roof protected with only an asphalt waterproofing membrane is 15 years. This is due to continuous direct exposure to the sun, with all atmospheric changes. Mainly by the temperature variants.
On the other hand, decks and green roofs protect the roofs in very efficient ways, thanks to the fact that the vegetation cover decreases and insulates the heat. This situation increases the usefulness of the roof up to approximately 25 years. This translates into a reduction in maintenance costs of around 40%.
Increase of decks and green roofs in urban areas
The roofs with plant covers are a complement to parks, gardens and other green areas in cities. In addition to serving as a recreational option, they contribute to solving the problem of the greenhouse effect in the world.
Why are deck enclosures a good option?
- You will take more advantage of the space: with the deck enclosure you can use this space throughout the year, both in winter and summer, making your home more spacious and obtaining a useful living space in all seasons.
- You will choose how much light you want to enter: with the wide range of ceilings you can choose if you want a polycarbonate / panel deck enclosure that has a more opaque character or if you prefer, choose one of glass, which will allow more light to enter.
- You can decide to close your deck totally or partially: there are roofs that are fixed or mobile, so they will allow you to open your deck whenever you want. With the polycarbonate / panel mobile roofs you can get less light and open them completely when you want, while with mobile glass roofs, you can get all the light that reaches your deck and let in the air with just moving them.
- Adapted to your needs: deck enclosures adapt to your space and decoration needs since you can choose colour of the materials, degree of translucency or even the finish, always to offer you the best option for you to enjoy your home and from your deck.
Finally, they can be very useful spaces for the production and internal consumption of plant foods. Especially in those areas where buildings abound. With planning and the commitment of organised communities, the benefits become significant.
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