Save the Planet With Green Roofing
When you think about your roof there is not much thought given to the effects on the environment. More and more building is going on every year. Thousands of trees and plants are cut down or cleared out every year to make way for housing and business structures. We are slowly devastating our environment and the planet when live on. Think about helping and giving back to our mother earth by installing a eco-friendly roof. A green roof creates a mini eco system on top of your structure. A green roof is a roof designed for plant medium and vegetation. A eco-friendly roof will create a virtual garden giving you a feel for nature and the outdoors.
A green roof is and eco-friendly flat roof membrane system installed on a structure. Usually the common types of roofing membranes of a green roof will be either TPO or EPDM. EPDM is black or white rubber membrane system that expands and contracts in hot or cold temperatures. EPDM is a very easily installed roof system that saves on time and labor costs. TPO in an energy star rated roofing membrane that is ninety percent recyclable. This is a very durable, long-lasting roof system. This is the most common roofing membrane installed on a green roof system.
Before the roof is installed an engineer will calculate the weight of the soil and inspect the structure. The roof and structure must be able to withstand the weight of the soil because the soil on a green roof is very heavy. An approval letter from an engineering firm is required in most cities before a green roof can be installed. Almost all eco-friendly roofs must be installed over a steel structure with sturdy beams and a tongue and grove steel roofing deck.
After the roofing membrane system is installed a designed landscape blueprint is made with landscape design software. The design will emphasize on also creating a proper drainage system. A drainage system is the most important part of a green roof. With improper drainage the plants may die. It may also create unwanted algae growth or weed growth. After the design is approved a green interlocking matting system is installed before the soil. Usually the landscape plant medium system is installed by a landscape company or a landscape subcontractor. The type of plants varies and usually is determined by the weather conditions in the area. Sometimes fish ponds or water fountains are installed as well.
A maintenance contract is usually provided on a yearly basis. A green roof system must be inspected and maintained on a monthly basis by a knowledgeable landscape contractor.
A eco-friendly roof can bring the look and feel of nature to any large city. It will give many building owners a sense of giving back to the environment. A green roof can also attract bird’s squirrels and other animals. An eco-friendly environment can also create a sense of peace and tranquility to busy overworked corporate professionals that live far away from any country atmosphere.