Green roofing is a wonderful way to immerse your home in the beauty of nature. For some homes situated in the countryside, it’s a great way to blend in with the environment. They’re a great way to add a little greenery into your life for homes in the urban jungle.
Many believe that the green roofing system is a modern roofing trend that’s simply riding the eco-movement wave. However, green roofing has been around for centuries, and it’s only now that it’s infiltrated the mainstream. If you’re considering installing a green roof or just want to know what the hype is all about, continue reading as we break down the green roofing phenomenon.
What Is A Green Roof?
A green roof is a roofing system made up of plants and vegetation. Green roofs are also referred to as living roof. The green roof is made possible by planting vegetation on top of a waterproof roofing membrane. The green roofs are fitted with irrigation and drainage systems to assist with their success and prevent anything happening to your roofing membrane.
You get two types of green roof systems, intensive and extensive. The extensive roof is sparse with greenery and is the low maintenance option of the two. The intensive roof consists of thick grass, shrubbery and plant life. They can be pretty high maintenance depending on the number of plants growing on them and the type of plants.
Many people invest in green roofing for different reasons. Some would like to add some greenery to their homes, whereas others want to reap their eco-benefits. While green roofing is a great roofing alternative, there are many factors that you need to take into consideration before taking the plunge.
Green Roofs And Your Budget
If you’re looking to save a few dollars and not splurge on a new roof installation, green roofing may not be the one for you.
Green roof installations can be quite expensive. According to the Sustainability Office of NC State University, green roofs are typically two to three times more costly than non-green roofing systems.
However, while the initial installation costs can be pretty significant, you may end up saving quite a bit in the long term. The roofs are highly energy-efficient, and therefore you’ll end up saving on your energy bills. With a proper maintenance plan, your green roof will also last significantly longer than an ordinary roof, thus saving you money on a roof installation.
In cities like New York and Portland, local governments offer residents with green roofs tax discounts and incentives, a move that other cities around the country could follow.
The Advantages of Green Roofing
Green roofs are a fantastic way to make your home and community a little more environmentally friendly. As we all know, plants turn harmful CO2 into oxygen. Thus, your green roof will filter all the soot and smoke generated by cars, fireplaces, and the like, thus cleaning the air around you.
Many roofing systems are made up of things like asphalt and bitumen; these heat attracting materials can create an Urban Heat Island Effect. The Urban Heat Island Effect is a process where these materials absorb and trap heat. Green, natural roofing reduces this heat and prevents the Urban Heat Island Effect.
By installing a green roof, you’ll help to extend the lifespan of your roofing system. Plants and vegetation act as a natural barrier, protecting your home from harmful weather conditions. Plants absorb intense ultraviolet light as well as excess water. Green roofs are fitted with drainage systems to transport excess water away from your home effectively. These roofing systems reduce stormwater runoff by 50%.
Other benefits of green roofs include improved home or building aesthetics, increased home value, wildlife protection and support, and much more.
Many people fear that green roofing may increase the water on your roof, leading to structural damage. However, your home should be fitted with a waterproof layer before installing a green roof. As long as your waterproof membrane is regularly maintained, you should not experience any significant issues.
For more information on green roofing systems or roofing in general, don’t hesitate to call the trusted roofers at Dynasty Building Solutions.