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How to have a Green Roof on your home
Today, it is common knowledge that humans have managed to accumulate a huge mass of waste that has taken its toll on the planet itself. Measures are being taken to limit our carbon imprint followed by many eco-friendly innovations in all aspects of our daily lives.
Even the roofing industry has been affected by this advance in knowledge and has responded accordingly. Thus, green roofing systems were invented. This way, even you can make a direct impact on the health of the area you occupy. In case you need a new roof, consider the option of green roofing.
Generally speaking, a green roof is an upgrade of your old roof, providing a home for many different types of plants and vegetation in general. The garden itself is situated on top of a specially designed waterproof membrane, preventing any possible leaking in the future. Also, it may include a root barrier which provides another layer of support when it comes to the possibility of roots damaging your shingles, tile or the base itself. Irrigation systems can be added for you to track and control the level of absorbed water. Plants are usually grown inside special pots, made specifically for green roofing systems.
There are two main categories of green roofing systems with many subtypes. The first one is the intensive roof. Its main properties include the minimal depth of 5 inches and the ability to house an array of plants. The second one is the extensive roof, which is rather shallow in depth, allowing a range from 0,79 inches to 5 inches. As opposed to the intensive roof, they require a low level of maintenance.
When it comes to being that eco-friendly, conscious individual you aspire to be, green roofing is the simplest and yet most effective way to prove just how aware of the problem you are. As opposed to normal roofs, green roofs provide a perfect solution for collecting rainwater, as the plants themselves require water to survive. In addition to that, this huge mass of dirt, metal and vegetation provides another layer of insulation to your house, thus actively working on lowering your energy bills.
The eco-friendly aspect is obvious in this example. By installing a green roof, you are lowering the temperature of the surrounding area. By doing so, you and your family are directly reducing the urban heat island effect in your city.
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