Four Unique Green Roof Projects

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Green roofs are not only better for the environment, but they can also help keep your home cooler and more energy efficient. You’ll find that these types of roofs generally last much longer than a traditional roof. If you want to learn more about unique green roofs, read on for the top four most popular styles.

Living Roof

Living roofs are the most well known and are becoming more and more popular. A living roof is a roof that has plants or grass on top of a traditional roof. There are beams to support the extra weight of the soil and vegetation.

These roofs absorb a lot of the water during rains and filter it on its way down. There are many options on what you do with that water. Some people further filter it and use it to drink, while others water plants with it or use it in the home to lessen their reliance on city water.

Tile Roof

Tile roofs can last up to 100 years. This option is favored in hot climates. The roof is considered green because of its shape, unique curvature that helps with ventilation, and recyclable properties.

This roof comes in a wide range of colors, including bright ones, which reflect light and help keep your house cool. If you like bright colors and favor brightly painted houses, then this may be the perfect option for you.

Single-Ply Thermoplastic

This type of roof has a membrane that is welded shut and contains fire retardants and material that absorbs ultraviolet light. This option is popular among restaurants and businesses that push oils out through ventilation systems due to the fact they are resistant to oils, animal fats, and bacterial growth.

You don’t have to own a business to use this style of roof though. Another benefit to this roof type is that it can be installed over older types of roofs as a secondary layer.

Factory-Applied or Field-Applied Coating

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While coating isn’t technically a roof type, this coating can be applied to your current roof and can extend its life considerably. Coating cools the surface and adds a level of protection from the sun and other weather. This coating comes in light or dark pigments and reflects both ultraviolet and infrared light.

The National Roof Coatings Institute reported the air temperature dropping by one degree, on a city block that coated all the roofs in this material in Philadelphia. This is a great option for people who want to have a green roof but can’t, or don’t want to replace their entire roof.

Going Green

When hearing about green roofs most people default to living roofs, but there are actually many other green roof options. This can be especially helpful for people living in climates that are either too cold or too hot to sustain a living roof. If you live in California, you may want to consider using Custom Home Remodeling & Roofing, Inc. as your roofing company.

A green roof is better for the environment, and depending on which style you choose, it can extend your roof’s life considerably. Green roofs will cut back on heating and cooling expenses, and in some cases, cut back on your water bill. Explore your options today and learn about the best green roof option for your home.