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Popular in Europe for decades but finally catching on in the States, green roofing has become to newest phenomenon to break up the monotony of urban roofing.
Not only are green roofs interesting to look at, but they help the environment and can lower energy costs. Through energy and water conservation, choosing a green roof may be the best way to contribute to a thriving ecosystem.
A green roof might set you back a few paychecks, but the benefits in the long run should outweigh initial costs.
Green Roofs Reduce Costs
Green roofs insulate better than traditional ones. This means you’ll save on electricity costs when the temperature starts swinging.
Grass on your roof also protects the roof’s membrane- helping your roof last much longer than other materials, cutting down on replacement costs. It also increases the cost of your real estate value- it makes your home more valuable. Many places offer tax incentives for green roofs as well; New York City offers a one-year property tax credit for homeowners with at least 50% green roofing.
Switching to green roofing offers many money-saving benefits to homeowners and business owners alike, as well as creating a pleasant space for a coffee break or reading time.
It Reduces The Urban Heat Island Effect
The Urban Heat Island Effect occurs when city and urban developments trap in heat when it’s absorbed. This causes temperatures in crowded cities to soar much higher than undeveloped, surrounding areas. By using green roofing on many city buildings, temperatures are more regulated.
A green roof doesn’t come anywhere near the extreme temperatures of a tar or black-painted roof on a hot day. This keeps the air cooler and urban dwellers happier.
It Makes Use Of Unwanted Space
What better way to transform useless space than to make it a small ecosystem.
Green roofs provide a recreational area for people and animals alike. Birds and other small creatures make their dwellings in these new homes, making downtown areas a new hub for nature to thrive.
It also improves this previously undeveloped space- all roofs must accommodate drainage and protect the building from weather and other ailments, but green roofs also provide support, irrigation, and root protection barriers for buildings. It also reduces storm water runoff and creates a barrier for sound within buildings.
It’s Healthy For All Of Us!
Green roofs improve the overall environment.
Plants on roofs filter pollutants out of the air to reduce risks for diseases such as asthma, and green roofs create a natural filter for the water they collect- pollutants and heavy metals are filtered out and business and homes with green roofs can find many uses for the water they collect from their roofs. Green roofing also creates more potential agriculture space.
In a time when we’re doing all we can to help our environment and create stability, green roofs are one small step to help the cause.
Not to mention they can be pretty fantastic to look at.
Green roofs should be a serious consideration for home or businesses looking to improve the environment and their own space. The initial cost for the roof may be high- including root barriers, waterproofing, and the planting that comes along with it- but in the end, it pays off. Be sure to have your existing roof inspected, however, because certain structures cannot support a functional green roof.
But, if you’re considering a green roof, you’re one step closer to making our environment more sustainable!
- The Many Benefits of Green Roofing (roofingnewsweekly.wordpress.com)
- The Problem With Manhattan’s Green Roofs (greenenvy4ever.wordpress.com)
- Saving Native Species with Green Roofs (greatenergychallengeblog.com)