Eco-Roofing 101: A Beginners Guide

Eco-Roofing 101

As a society, we rely on the environment for clean air, fresh water, and fresh produce. For this reason, it is our responsibility to care for the planet on which we live. Eco-roofing allows us to do just that! It is becoming a popular alternative to traditional rooftops. Eco-roofing is a new trend cropping up in environmentally conscious roofing circles. The term “eco-roofing” refers to utilizing roofing in an environemtnally friendly manner. Eco-roofing is beneficial to more than just the environment, though. It can also save you money!

Eco-roofing is evidence that people are becoming more and more aware of the effect that they have on the environment. We are beginning to take more personal resposibility for our carbon footprints. We have developed new uses for recycled materials. Recycling on the whole is becoming a more prominent aspect of society. There are many unique, interesting and even profitable ways to use recycled materials. But using recycled materials is not the only way that you can help the environment! Harnessing solar power is another way to “go green.” If solar power doesn’t tickle your fancy either, you can always go green by literally going green. That is to say, you can help hear the earth by growing plants in space that would otherwise remain barren.

Some eco-roofs are made using recycled materials, others utilize solar roofing. Another type of eco-roofing is called “green roofing.” Green roofing refers to growing plants on the roof. On top of being visually attractive, green roofing helps to increase the carbon-oxygen exchange in the air. Besides, it’s always fun to grow your own produce, right?

Green Roofing

Green roofing (also referred to as living roofing) is popular in urban areas, and other areas in which space for garden life is limited. On true green roofing, vegetation is planted in a growing medium. That growing medium is on top of a waterproofing membrane. This membrane prevents the building itself from being damaged by water. That is the most basic green roofing set up, anyhow. Some green roofing setups include extra elements. Root barriers are sometimes utilized in green roofing, as are drainage and irrigation systems. Green roofing is not only beneficial to the environment! Green roofing also absorbs rainwater, and provides insulation for the building. Green roofing can even be used to lower urban air temperatures! Many people report positive feelings after having the opportunity to work in their rooftop gardens. This means that green-roofing is good for your mental health.

Green Living Roofing

Living “Green” Roofing with Living Plants.

Some people prefer to set up “container gardens” on their rooftops. Container gardens, as the name would imply, are gardens composed of pots and other containers. While these gardens are beneficial to the environment, it is important to remember that container gardens are not true green roofing.

As we have previously mentioned, using recycled materials as roofing is a popular form of eco-roofing. Recycled materials provide a shockingly durable alternative to traditional roofing materials. Roofing made from recycled rubber, for instance, will almost never need replaced. Some people are turned off by the idea of using recycled materials in their roofing for aesthetic reasons. It is a common misconception that ecofriendly roofing has to be visually unappealing. Roofing made from recycled rubber is beautiful! Not to mention less expensive than other types of roofing. Nobody loses here! Added bonus: roofing made from recycled materials tend to be lighter than their asphalt counterparts.

Solar Roofing for Sustainability and Environmental Consciousness

Solar roofing is yet another variety of eco-roofing. “Solar roofing” refers to the practice of replacing one’s traditional roofing with solar panels. The energy harvested from these solar panels can be converted into electricity and used in your home! That means that solar roofing is good for the environment and great for your wallet. There are multiple ways to utilize solar roofing. Full size solar panels are one option for solar roofing. However, these panels are very noticable, and are considered unattractive in some circles. If you are looking for a more discreet option for solar roofing, solar shingles may be the right choice for you! Solar shingles are a popular option for solar roofing because of their discreet, durable nature. They look and act just like traditional shingles!

Solar Panels Roof

Environmentally Conscious use of Solar Panels in Roofing

There are many options for those who are interested in eco-roofing. There is an eco-roofing option for everyone! Recycled materials, green roofing, and solar roofing, are all viable, affordable options for people who are looking into environmentally friendly roofing. Whatever you decide, know that the Earth will thank you for your efforts.

 

 

 

Visit our local roofing section to discuss your eco-roofing project today!

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