Whether you are interested in helping the environment and community, are looking for a way to make your home more energy efficient, or both, you should consider green roofing. A green roof is one in which a waterproof membrane is installed on the building, covered with a growing medium and then planted with vegetation. This type of roofing is very beneficial to the environment, the community and to you.
The vegetation on a green roof improves air quality by filtering out noxious gases and airborne pollutants. Since most green roofs use recycled materials for the waterproof layer and the growing medium, they reduce the amount of garbage in landfills. In addition, the vegetation and growing medium are effective at controlling storm water runoff. This keeps sewers from backing up and causing sewage to seep into the ground water. This would cause disease and could kill the animals that will drink it when it travels to springs and ponds. Most importantly, green roofs reduce the urban heat island effect. This can reduce global warming.
Green roofs create extra space. This space can be used to grow vegetables, providing food for your family or the community. They can also be used as a small park or playground for children when placed on a commercial building. In addition, green roofs can provide jobs for the community. People will be needed to plant more plants for the roofs and also to maintain them once they are installed.
Whether you are putting a green roof on your home, or on your commercial building, it will help to improve the energy efficiency. It provides extra insulation, keeping the temperature in the building more stable year round without using as much energy. A green roof will save you money on your heating and cooling bills. They will also save money because they last longer than other roofing styles so you will not have to replace it as often. Green roofs are also safer for the building in that the damp growing medium and vegetation is fire retardant, keeping fire from spreading.
You may not need to replace your roof now, but at some point in the next 20 years you will. A green roof is something to seriously consider. You can wait until it is in desperate need of replacing, or have it done earlier to save money, save the environment and help the community.
Talk with a contractor like Ryan Roofing for more information on roofing options.