Addressing A Few Questions About Green Roofs

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It is an unfortunate fact that a roof has the potential to be a major source of energy efficiency for a home. Unfortunately, there are many homeowners that are not aware of the steps that can be taken to improve the performance of their home's roof. In particular, it can be common for individuals to overlook the benefits that can come from upgrading to a green roof. This relatively new style of roofing uses plants to help improve the energy efficiency of a roof. You may need these few questions answered before you can decide if it is a good option for your home.  

Why Is A Green Roof More Energy Efficient Than A Traditional Roof?

There are a couple of ways that a roof can decrease the energy efficiency of your home. Small gaps between the boards and shingles may allow air from inside your home to vent out. Additionally, it is possible for the intense heat of the sun to convectively heat the roof, which can also increase the temperature inside the house.

A green roof avoids these problems because the dirt that is used to hold the plants in place will help to insulate the structure against convective heating and air escaping through gaps.

What Is Involved With Installing A Green Roof?

Unfortunately, you should be aware that it may take some sizable adjustments to the house to make it possible for it to support a green roof. The soil and plants that will be installed can add a substantial amount of weight to the roof. As a result, it may be necessary to reinforce the roof so that it can support this weight. Luckily, roofing contractors will be able to thoroughly inspect and test the roof to determine if the roof can be safely upgraded without these improvements. When it is unavoidable to reinforce the roof, the contractor will be able to provide you with a detailed estimate that itemizes the costs involved with preparing the home to support this type of roof.

Once the home is prepared for the weight of the green roof, the roof will be waterproofed to prevent the moist soil needed by the plants from contributing to rot. Next, a layer of soil will be placed on the roof and the plants will be installed. The exact amount of soil needed will be determined by the type and size of plants that you opt to place on the roof.

How Much Maintenance Will A Green Roof Require?

Some homeowners may avoid this type of roof because they are concerned about the amount of work that will be needed to keep it looking great. However, these roofs will require little work outside of watering them on a regular basis and having the roof professionally serviced each year. To help make watering the roof easier, it is possible to install automated sprinkler systems that you will be able to conveniently activate from inside the house.

To learn more, contact professionals who deal with roofing in your area.

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