Believe it or not, there are alternatives to the traditional roofing materials which can be taxing on the environment. When talking about roofing, almost instantly, one’s mind will go shingles, metal, or tin. I am here to tell you that there is another option for your roof! Let’s talk Green Roofing!
I recently spoke with Brian Sullivan, of Sullivan Roofs, a roofing contractor in Tupelo, MS and he educated me about Green Roofing.
Roofing The Green Way
Installing a green roof on a public or private building offers many benefits, not only to the building owner, but also to the surrounding environment. Communities and individuals enjoy the positive advantages that green roofing provides. Here are the biggest benefits of green roofing:
Green roofing transforms an ordinary, unattractive roof into a beautiful, lush, living environment. This is especially attractive in cities and urban areas, where green space is often lacking. The plant life not only looks great, but it can also provide fresh herbs, flowers, and vegetables.
Stormwater Runoff Reduction
A green roof will retain rainwater, making it a useful tool for stormwater runoff management in urban areas. This helps to prevent stormwater sewers from filling up as much during peak times of rain, and during the hours after a storm. Water that is collected on a green roof is returned to the atmosphere through the plants as it evaporates. The water that does run off is also filtered naturally though the plant life. This can also cut down on roof repair costs.
Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs
One of the greatest benefits for a building owner is that a green roof helps to reduce energy costs in every season. The insulation that the vegetation provides helps to reduce heat loss in the colder months, and it helps to keep cool air in during hot weather. The interior temperature of the building is more easily regulated, reducing the need for air conditioning and heating.
A green roof protects the roof itself, which can help to extend its lifespan. Roof replacements can be very costly, so a green roof helps to lessen the need for roof repairs over the years. Not only do you enjoy a beautiful garden in an unexpected place, but you also maintain your roof for many years to come.
The benefits of green roofing are numerous, making it an excellent option, especially in urban areas. These unique patches of plant life help both the environment and individuals alike.
Thank you to Brian of Sullivan Roofs for giving me the lowdown on green roofs. I think this is something we should all consider.