Taking advantage of an emerging trend in residential design.
At this point, you’ve probably heard about the concept of a green roof. First popularized during the early 2000s, green roofs have gained steam in just about every corner of the country. However, far too many homeowners still aren’t aware of their benefits and drawbacks. If you’re thinking about investing in a green roof, we’ve decided to provide a little clarity on the subject.
What Is a Green Roof?
According to the EPA, “a green roof is a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop.” As long as it’s cultivated and managed, a green roof may be comprised of anything from basic ground cover or grasses to a vibrant, native ecosystem that includes small plants, shrubs and even trees.
What Isn’t a Green Roof?
While the definition of “green roof” is fairly straightforward, it’s important to note what isn’t typically included on a green roof. A roof that’s covered in organic life due to the uncontrolled spread of seeds, mold spores, and other unwanted forms of life may actually be harmful to homeowners and business owners. For instance, roofs with unchecked mold growth tend to hold moisture. This may cause leaks or damage shingles. Roofs that harbor sources of food, including grasses and small plants, may eventually attract pests that can chew their way into your home.
Benefits of a Green Roof
- Properly constructed and maintained green roofs have several benefits:
- They can absorb the sun’s energy and reduce cooling costs during the summer
- They act as filters for polluted air and reduce carbon emissions by cutting energy use
- They can absorb and filter storm water, potentially reducing the risk of flooding and water pollution
- They may double as rooftop parks
- Things to Keep in Mind
When installing a green roof, keep a few things in mind:
- Use native, drought-resistant plants to the extent possible
- Mix a variety of organisms together
- If your roof is publicly accessible, consider providing seating for visitors
Find a Residential Roofer in Vancouver and Portland
Whether you’re ready to put a green roof on your house or wish to explore more traditional roofing options, you can trust us to point you in the right direction. Our knowledgeable sales staff and experienced roofers know the Pacific Northwest’s roofs through and through. It’s our pleasure to provide you with the tools you need to make a decision that pays dividends for years to come. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at 503-684-5611 or fill out our online contact form.