Turf Roofs

Turf Roofs

Turf has been used as roofing material  in the North of Scotland and elsewhere back into pre-history. As we move into the 21st century it remains an ideal modern roofing material for the Orkney climate.

Modern Green roofs are a relatively new sector in the construction industry, but have become a widespread feature across Europe. They are most common in Germany, where over 10% of houses now have green roofs, and the industry is growing at 10-15% each year.

In the UK there has been a lack of government support and guidance on living roofs, which has hindered their uptake. However, green roofs directly address the UK's Sustainable Development agenda and this situation is likely to change as new policies and standards are developed to support their design and construction.

They are also very good to look at, provide a good wildlife habitat where mixed grasses and wild flowers can be seen growing during the summer months. A green roof can absorb up to 75% of the rainwater that falls on it, and the insulating properties of a turf roof enable it to effectively regulate the temperature inside the cottages.

Additional to the above, with minimum maintenance Turf roofs have a life expectancy more than twice that of a conventional roof, and at the end of their lifespan what could be more recyclable than Sod ? In our case both the soil and turf were sourced from our own land so the distance traveled for the roofing material from source to finish can be counted in a few dozen yards.