• Roof life: gardens and green homes

  • Metal, wood, and ceramic have all proved themselves as worthy roofing components that are built to last even the harshest of elements. However, what if you’re looking for something a little different, a little more eye-catching, and a little more unconventional? Ever consider planting a tree on top of your home? Surprisingly, many other people have, and garden or green homes are becoming increasingly popular and viable options for helping the environment, reducing your living expenses, and for maximizing space in a small area. It may not be for everyone, but a living roof has many possibilities.

    Flat Roofing

    Okay, perhaps a flat slab on the top of your home doesn’t seem too appealing; after all, you don’t live in an office building. They tend to downplay the architecture of the overall home and can make it seem downright dowdy if done in poor taste. However, a flat roof also has one huge advantage that people in crowded cities have known for years—gardening.

    If you are deprived of a yard or simply want something a bit more unconventional, you can easily convert the top of your house into a small garden. This is a great option for people looking to grow their own supply of herbs or vegetables, or just those who need more space if they have limited property area. For those looking to save a few pennies, the lack of complex framework and tiles makes this a cost effective option. Flat roofing also looks great on modern architecture, and it is easy to revise and install solar panels. The downside is that you’ll want an attic space or similar located directly below as roofs can be weak in areas and severe damage can cause them to crumble straight down on whomever happens to be below. They also may not look appealing on all styles of housing. Roof life: gardens and green homes

    Green Roofing

    Sometimes confused with eco-friendly solar designs, green roofing is actually a bit more flashy and, well, greener. It is literally a living garden that caps your home in rolling vegetation, flowers, and even some friendly critters might take nest there. People living in the suburbs or urban areas will likely not be able to convince local council to allow them to start planting grass on top of their homes, but these can be quite stunning and useful in more isolated and country areas.

    The benefits of a green roof include, a reduction in cooling and heating costs, filtration of pollutants in the air and rainwater, increase home value and longevity, and the creation of habitats for local wildlife. Creating this green environment isn’t as simple as throwing a pile of dirt and sowing some grass seeds though. You’ll need to have a carefully planned system that can support the roots, water, and soil. There are varying types of gardens you can create, including ones that are low maintenance and those that are steeped, depending on the architecture of the home. When choosing to install or revise your existing property, it would be wise to consult with professionals to help ensure success and sustainability.
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