Green Roofs – The Latest Trend In Eco-Friendly Construction

Published October 4, 2017

Green roofs are the latest building trend in the residential construction.

To create more green space in urban areas, to provide energy savings and to create a more comfortable living environment for both people and pets, more and more eco-friendly homebuilders are incorporating green roofs into their innovative designs.

If you want your roof to be the talk of the neighborhood, pay for its self over time via energy savings and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your part to protect the environment, talk to your builder to determine if a green roof is right for your home.

What Are Green Roofs?

Green roofs are vegetation blankets composed of a root resistant layer or a root resistant roof as a base, a drainage layer and substrate on which the vegetation grows. Green roofs are typically planted with a variety of sedum, a member of the stonecrop family, winter hardy in United States Hardiness Zones 2 through 11.

Green roofs can also be installed over an existing roof, so they are ideal choice for home renovations. Green roofs create immense curb appeal, increase the value of the home and are traffic-stopping beautiful.

Because there are thousands of different varieties of sedum, only low growing varieties are selected. From the hundreds of low-growing varieties, your landscape professional, working with your builder or roofing contractor to select the perfect plants for your particular location; sedums that flourish in Indianapolis are a bit different from those that thrive in Phoenix. Do you want a white, yellow or pink roof? No problem. Sedum roofs can be designed around your color preference.

Why Choose A Green Roof?

Not only do green roofs provide breath-taking beauty, they are sustainable. Green roofs retain approximately 45 percent of rainfall and with their outstanding insulating effect; they affect huge savings on energy bills.

SemperGreen.com, the world’s largest supplier of vegetation blanket for green roofs, explains the diverse array of benefits offered by a green roof, noting:

Advantages Of Green Roofs

A lot of information has been published on the advantages of green roofs. It is said that they produce lower ambient temperatures, are able to capture CO2 and fine particles, can retain water and save energy.

  • Financial advantages
  • Insulation
  • Saves energy
  • Protection against sun, rain and temperature changes
  • Longer life expectancy of roof covering (three times longer than without a green roof)
  • Natural look
  • Added value to building
  • Rainwater retention
  • Less load on the sewer system
  • Long life expectancy
  • Environmental advantages
  • Insulation
  • Lower ambient temperature
  • Reduces so-called ‘Urban Heat Island effect’
  • Captures CO2
  • Cleaner air
  • Captures fine particles
  • Stimulates biodiversity
  • Improves/does not disturb the habitat of birds and insects
  • Rainwater retention
  • Less load on the sewer system, reducing chance of sewer flooding
  • Rainwater purification
  • Cleaner environment
  • Practical advantages
  • Sound insulation
  • Quieter indoor and outdoor ambiance
  • Natural look
  • Nice to look out on; greenery has a soothing and relaxing effect
  • No need for ballast
  • Less work to install roof