Snellville Green Roofer

A green roof in Snellville is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Snellville and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Green Roof Modules

Snellville

What Is Green Roofing?

Before I became involved in the world of green building I had never even seen an eco-roof. The first time I saw one it struck me that from a purely aesthetic or architectural point of view they create a sense of integration, or synthesis between the structure and the surrounding landscape, but that isn't even the half of it...

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rosalind Haselbeck who along with Richard Alianelli form Building Green Futures, a San Diego company that specializes in living roof installation, here's what she had to say;

BIGC- So what do you see as the chief benefits of a living roof?

BGF- The answer to that depends on your idea of 'beneficial' I would say the greater benefit lies in the many environmental aspects, such as the regained space for plant life (pollution and CO2 reduction) as well as mitigation of the urban heat island phenomenon.  However for the individual property owner his immediate and personal benefit lies in the exceptional insulation, and temperature reduction/stabilization effects, as well as improved storm water management due to the absorptive qualities of the growth medium and plant life.  Did I mention they are beautiful?

BIGC- And maintenance?

BGF- That varies depending on type. Generally you would maintain your green roof twice a year, weeding, clearing drains, fertilizing- the same sorts of things you would do with your regular garden or landscaping...only on your roof.

So there you have it from the horses mouth.  There are many factors involved in the world of green roofs. It all comes down to what is right for you and your budget. The good news is that there are now professionals out there like Rosalind and Richard who have made it their business to green the roofs of the world.

P.S. If you want more info check out these Cool Green Roof Links)

Membrane Roof

Commercial Roofing: The Benefits of Green Roof Systems

Roofing shingles come in many different styles, shapes, colors and patterns. But every roof has but three basic shingle (or tile) types. This article explains the three basic types of shingles and tiles which are produced. We're not talking about specific products here, simply the types of each product.

Starters Shingles and Starter Tiles

Starter shingles are, as their name implies, the starting shingles of a Roof System. They are installed on top of the Drip Edge/Rake Edge and on top of the Leak Barriers and begin the overlapping pattern for the remainder of Shingles (or tiles) on the roof. Simply put: One single row of starter shingles is installed everywhere your roof ends, ie: in the same areas as with Metal Drip Edge and Rake Edge.

As with every other part of a Roof System, different types of starter shingles are offered by many different manufacturers. Fortunately for you, you don't need to select what type of starter shingle to use on your roof, because the manufacturer of the Field Shingle you chose chooses for you. As long as your Roofing Contractor follows the manufacturers recommendations when selecting starter shingles, you're in good hands.

A note of interest: starter shingles set the beginning pace for the rest of the Shingles on your roof. If the starter shingles are installed straight, then the installation technician will be off to a good start. Also, starter shingles usually need to be installed off set from the remaining Shingles on your Roof System to allow for a proper overlap of the remaining shingles or tiles.

The final touch. Ridge Shingles are to your roof like a picture frame is to a picture. What kind of frame did they put around the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? I'll bet you it wasn't purchased at Wal-Mart... And what a difference it makes to have a good quality ridge shingle installed. The bottom line is, visually appealing Roof Systems include visually appealing ridge shingles.

If you are not concerned with the visual appeal of your Roof System, then save a buck and use a standard cut shingle for your ridge caps. If however you'd like your house to look more like your castle...use a definitive edge ridge shingle such as an IKO Ultra Hip or a GAF/Elk z-ridge. The price difference between a regular ridge shingle and a more visually appealing ridge shingle on a standard home is around $400 - $800.

Important note: Higher quality ridge shingles typically require special installation procedures when installed. It may be wise to mention this to whoever you choose to install your roof. Ridge shingles are located at areas of your roof most vulnerable to wind damage and therefore subject blowing off if they are not installed properly. Ask your roofing contractor what sort of Special Installations are required for installing high quality ridge shingles.

Snellville

Green Service Projects - 20 Service Project Ideas That Help the Planet


Green Roof Systems Residential Georgia

Milledgeville Green Roof Systems

A green roof in Milledgeville is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Milledgeville and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Green Roof Modules

Milledgeville

What Is Green Roofing?

Roofs are different wherever you go. Just about every building around the world has one, but they vary in shape, materials, durability and construction. Why is this so and why hasn't someone come up with the definitive roof for all roofers to copy?

Depending where in the world you live roofs have a variety of purposes. Primarily they are to protect against rainfall, but also they give shelter from sun, wind, cold and heat. Characteristics also differ according to local architectural style, available materials, wealth and the purpose of the building.

The main influences on the shape and look of a roof are the materials available, on how the roof is supported and on whether the roof is pitched or flat. Roof support is usually provided by timber, bamboo, cast iron, steel or metal rods encased in reinforced concrete. Bamboo is very flexible and so in Asia, where it is commonly used, roofs are often curved. Timber is versatile and can provide virtually any shaped roof - from low and high pitch to dome shapes. Metal supports are good for large, heavy roofs.

But the basics will remain - areas of high rainfall and snow such as Scandinavia will continue to have high pitched roofs. Dry areas such as the Middle East will stick with the simplicity of flat roofs as they have little rain to deal with. In addition many Governments are increasingly protective of local style and resistant to design which ignores regional tradition and taste.

Roofers around the world have different methods and materials to work with and this will always encourage a range of roofs to enrich our skylines.

Types Of Green Roof Systems

Green Roofs' Popularity

The roof is one of the most important features of your home so it's very important that you choose the right roofing material so that your roof will last you many years. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material. Asphalt shingles are very harmful to the environment because they absorb heat, hold on to that heat for a long time, and are rarely recycled (because it is difficult). Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they are cheaper.

If your roof is getting old and needs to be replaced why not replace it with an environmentally friendly roof. There are numerous choices available in green roofing. Here are a few:

The Living Roof This is one of the most popular choices when it comes to green roofing. These roofs contain a layer of soil and plants grow on top of them. A living roof provides much better insulation than an asphalt shingle roof. A living roof helps it blend into its surroundings, and they're beautiful. The topsoil that was removed during construction can be used as part of the living roof. Green roofs contain plants which help to replace the plants that were destroyed when the home was constructed. Most living roofs are found in Germany. Green roof systems can either be intensive or extensive depending on the plant material and planned usage for the roof area. Intensive green roofs use a wide variety of plants that may include trees and shrubs. They are extremely heavy and require a lot of support. Extensive roofs usually contain herbs, grasses, and mosses. They are not as heavy as intensive roofs. Green roofs can lower your electric bill. They also keep rain water from running off into the ground. The plants on the living roof can help remove pollutants from the air.

If you choose to install solar roof tiles, you still will need to stay on the electric grid since even the sunniest climates have cloudy days, which limits how much power the tiles can generate. You should still be able to save a substantial amount on your electric bill.

This is an excellent time to purchase solar powered tiles. There are many excellent state and federal tax incentives (up to 80% of the cost). You can increase the value of your home and save on your electric bills by installing solar tiles.

The solar roof tile is made up of photovoltaic modules that are capable of being integrated into any standard roofing system. Solar roof tiles are connected by electrical sockets on their underside. This creates a single electrical unit, and therefore, an electric current. Basically, solar roof tiles use the sun's rays to absorb heat and generate electricity for your home or building.

Milledgeville

How Green Roof Systems Save Your Business Money on Heating and Cooling


Green Roof Systems Residential Georgia

Forest Park Eco Metal Roofing

A green roof in Forest Park is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Forest Park and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Eco Metal Roofing

Forest Park

What Is Green Roofing?

A green roof is known by several names such as eco-roof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage eco-roofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago's City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

The additional costs depend on the substructure of the initial building. They may require additional support as a green roof will weigh more than a traditional asphalt roof. However a roof that already has clay or concrete roofing material may be strong enough to support a heavier roof. The additional cost per square foot has many variables so an accurate cost really cannot be estimated. It could vary by eight to over twenty five dollars per square foot.

The second one is an intensive, meaning that it requires more labor and expense to install and maintain. It may weigh more than the extensive roof as it requires a thicker growing medium. They require irrigation, feeding and other maintenance. They are more park like.

If one chooses to build an eco-roof as a new structure or remodeling an existing structure roof you will probably need a building permit in most cities. Some cities encourage roof gardens, and other sustainable design projects, so make sure to check your local regulations to see if there are any tax breaks or other zoning advantages you qualify for.

Green Roof Shingles

Eco-Homes: Why Durable Zinc Is the "Green" Solution for Residential Roofs

Each year the amount of green space in the UK is affected by the continued requirement for new builds. The key players and influencers in the house building market need to take urgent action to ensure that new builds are designed with green space in mind.

Gordon Brown has set targets for 5 new eco-towns accounting for 100,000 homes. Thankfully these developments are ear marked for old industrial or brownfield sites. However, due to population increases and lack of space it is likely that there will be a case for high density housing.

Large schemes incorporating green space are not uncommon and one well known example is the BedZED eco-homes. The Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) recognized the importance of roof terraces and balcony's including green roofs to maximize green space. Not to mention the improved insulation properties that green roofs can achieve.

Forest Park

Maintaining Flat Roofs and Your Sanity


Green Roof Systems Residential Georgia

Canton Eco Metal Roofing

A green roof in Canton is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Canton and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Eco Metal Roofing

Canton

What Is Green Roofing?

Roofs are different wherever you go. Just about every building around the world has one, but they vary in shape, materials, durability and construction. Why is this so and why hasn't someone come up with the definitive roof for all roofers to copy?

Depending where in the world you live roofs have a variety of purposes. Primarily they are to protect against rainfall, but also they give shelter from sun, wind, cold and heat. Characteristics also differ according to local architectural style, available materials, wealth and the purpose of the building.

The main influences on the shape and look of a roof are the materials available, on how the roof is supported and on whether the roof is pitched or flat. Roof support is usually provided by timber, bamboo, cast iron, steel or metal rods encased in reinforced concrete. Bamboo is very flexible and so in Asia, where it is commonly used, roofs are often curved. Timber is versatile and can provide virtually any shaped roof - from low and high pitch to dome shapes. Metal supports are good for large, heavy roofs.

But the basics will remain - areas of high rainfall and snow such as Scandinavia will continue to have high pitched roofs. Dry areas such as the Middle East will stick with the simplicity of flat roofs as they have little rain to deal with. In addition many Governments are increasingly protective of local style and resistant to design which ignores regional tradition and taste.

Roofers around the world have different methods and materials to work with and this will always encourage a range of roofs to enrich our skylines.

Green Roof Shingles

Green Roof Systems

Roofs are different wherever you go. Just about every building around the world has one, but they vary in shape, materials, durability and construction. Why is this so and why hasn't someone come up with the definitive roof for all roofers to copy?

Depending where in the world you live roofs have a variety of purposes. Primarily they are to protect against rainfall, but also they give shelter from sun, wind, cold and heat. Characteristics also differ according to local architectural style, available materials, wealth and the purpose of the building.

The main influences on the shape and look of a roof are the materials available, on how the roof is supported and on whether the roof is pitched or flat. Roof support is usually provided by timber, bamboo, cast iron, steel or metal rods encased in reinforced concrete. Bamboo is very flexible and so in Asia, where it is commonly used, roofs are often curved. Timber is versatile and can provide virtually any shaped roof - from low and high pitch to dome shapes. Metal supports are good for large, heavy roofs.

But the basics will remain - areas of high rainfall and snow such as Scandinavia will continue to have high pitched roofs. Dry areas such as the Middle East will stick with the simplicity of flat roofs as they have little rain to deal with. In addition many Governments are increasingly protective of local style and resistant to design which ignores regional tradition and taste.

Roofers around the world have different methods and materials to work with and this will always encourage a range of roofs to enrich our skylines.

Canton

Green Roofs' Popularity


Green Roof Systems Residential Georgia

Woodstock Green Roofer

A green roof in Woodstock is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Woodstock and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Types Of Green Roof Systems

Woodstock

What Is Green Roofing?

A green roof is known by several names such as eco-roof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage eco-roofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago's City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

The additional costs depend on the substructure of the initial building. They may require additional support as a green roof will weigh more than a traditional asphalt roof. However a roof that already has clay or concrete roofing material may be strong enough to support a heavier roof. The additional cost per square foot has many variables so an accurate cost really cannot be estimated. It could vary by eight to over twenty five dollars per square foot.

The second one is an intensive, meaning that it requires more labor and expense to install and maintain. It may weigh more than the extensive roof as it requires a thicker growing medium. They require irrigation, feeding and other maintenance. They are more park like.

If one chooses to build an eco-roof as a new structure or remodeling an existing structure roof you will probably need a building permit in most cities. Some cities encourage roof gardens, and other sustainable design projects, so make sure to check your local regulations to see if there are any tax breaks or other zoning advantages you qualify for.

Green Metal Roofing

Roofs Around The World

Here are several ideas for Green Service Projects:

1. Energy Audit. Use of electricity and gas is a large driver of greenhouse gas and cost. There are many good energy audit forms available on the internet. Download some, modify for your needs and audit the school and other large businesses. Make specific recommendations to reduce usage with sensors, timers, ballst, light bulbs, insulation and other methods. Consider volunteering to do audits for older folks in your community and try to get funds from the community or sponsors to help them reduce their energy usage.

2. Compost. Large portions of landfill garbage can be composted. Start one at home and then work with institutional and restaurant kitchens to develop compost processes and recipients. Consider selling compost to gardeners. Measure the amount of compost generated in a week and extrapolate to show the annual impact per house or per school/institution.

3. Plastic Bottle Recycling. Many millions of soda bottles are landfilled each year. Many schools still sell drinks in plastic bottles. Consider building or obtaining plastics-only recycling containers and contacting your community recycling center to arrange for pickup. Don't forget the concession stands and other outdoor areas. Measure and communicate the amount of bottles saved and show some items made from the bottles.

4. Compact Flourescent Drive. Work with a local hardware or department store to offer special sales on compact fluorescent bulbs and sell them as a fund-raiser. The recipients get a deal on the bulbs and support a good cause, and they will save energy for them. Make some conservative calculations of the dollar and electricity savings from each kit sold, and show it as a graph or thermometer.

5. Metals recycling in the kitchen. Many cafeterias use large cans for food. Put a bin to collect rinsed cans and either recycle them or use them for planting in other projects. The metal has good recycle value.

17. Plastic-Free Dining. Take a survey of the garbage created in your school cafeteria. Try to find ways to reduce the environmental impact (carbon cost, weight, decomposability, etc.) See if you can transform plastic items to paper or metal that can be either reused or renewed without fossil fuels. Work with the procurement group to obtain the new items at lower cost, and determine if the total "life cycle cost" of dishes and silverware is lower than plastic.

18. Mileage Audits. Develop an audit tool to help people maximize their auto mileage. From tire pressure to weight reduction and driving habit changes, you can make a good guide for people to use. Set up an event, perhaps in concert with a car show or car wash, to perform mileage audits for people, pump their tires and give them a guide to keep in their car. Do a before/after road test on a few cars to gather some hard data.

19. Solar Rooftop. Obtain funding and/or supplies to install a pilot solar cell on a rooftop. Connect it to a unique object inside the school such as a moving sculpture, fountain or light display, or light a hallway. Calculate the cost of operation vs the energy cost saved and make a recommendation to the school for larger scale implementation.

20. Green Careers Research. Do some jobs research on the top 20-30 careers that impact Green. Develop a list of degrees and skills which would be needed for these jobs, along with projections of the growth and the economic and geographic locations of the jobs. Work with the guidance conselor to publish this and make available to students as they make decisions about careers. Consider building a slide show or video composite of interesting jobs in Renewable Energy and other areas.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas on good service projects that will have a positive impact on our environment. Have fun and stay green!

Woodstock

How Green Roof Systems Save Your Business Money on Heating and Cooling


Green Roof Systems Residential Georgia

Carrollton EPDM Rubber Roofing

A green roof in Carrollton is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Carrollton and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Green Roof Modules

Carrollton

What Is Green Roofing?

The green movement spawned a new kind of roofing system that combines soil, plants, and other natural elements to form a rooftop ecosystem. Popular in many areas, green commercial roofing systems (a.k.a. natural systems) are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to conventional systems that do not weather well, and saddle building owners with high roofing repair bills. If you intend to implement a green roof, below are seven reasons to move forward with your plans:

Improved Storm Water Management

Green systems improve storm water management by storing water in the substrate, where it is absorbed by plants, and then returned to the atmosphere by transpiration and evaporation. By retaining storm water, a natural roof can help extend the lifespan of drainage systems by reducing the volume of water they receive. Research shows that a natural system can retain up to ninety percent of the rain that falls on them.

Noise Reduction

Depending on their construction, green roofs can reduce outside noise by up to 50 decibels. The interiors of urban buildings are prone to an influx of low frequency noise caused by transport systems, automobiles, and industrial work. Green systems excel at providing a barrier to this noise.

Conclusion

If you need a commercial roofing system, implementing a natural system may be the best option. In addition to improving the aesthetics of your building, a green roof can improve storm water management, reduce ambient heating, improve energy efficiency, reduce the cost of roofing repair, improve building value, attract employees, and reduce noise.

Green Roof Modules

Roofing and Rainwater Collection Systems

History

Sod roofs have been part of Scandinavian structures for generations. These are homes where sod (or grass cover) is planted on top of layers of birch wood. The style is mostly associated with log cabin type dwellings. However, it wasn't until Germany in the 1960's that the modern take on "green" roofs used for environmental purposes came into vogue. Now, most of Europe has government incentives and encourages builders to use the technique. It has only been in recent decades that the popularity and government incentives have brought green roofing to the United States.

What is Green Roofing?

Modern green roofs involve planting local vegetation on top of waterproofing membranes that are affixed to the roof of a building. There are layers of material designed to house roots and create irrigation and drainage. Some structures are completely covered with vegetation, while others may only be partially covered. Green roofs fall into two main categories, intensive and extensive.

Disadvantages

Costs for installing the green roofing is considerably high. The waterproofing layers along with beefing up the support structure adds up quickly. Plus, unlike a typical roof, there is considerable more maintenance. Some people worry the vegetation will suffer from lack of rainfall. However, the way the drainage is designed, the roof will survive lengths of drought. And since local vegetation is used, it will also survive winter months.

For more information about green roofs, contact a commercial roofing repair contractor near you. If you are in Georgia, Atlanta commercial roofing can help you find solutions to your needs.

Carrollton

Paradise Above Us - Green Roofs Are a Beautiful Thing


Green Roof Systems Residential Georgia

Griffin Green Roof Tray System

A green roof in Griffin is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Griffin and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Rubber Shingles

Griffin

What Is Green Roofing?

Going green has rapidly become popular for a number of reasons ranging from ecological responsibility to revenue generation and savings. As people install upgraded weathering, siding, windows, and air conditioning systems in their homes, they tend to miss the opportunities that are open with roofing. Using a material that is recycled is a great step in being environmentally friendly. Solar systems like solar shingles will even power your home, reducing your energy costs, greatly. However, roofing systems can also collect rainwater for future reuse.

Rainwater Collection

Rainwater collection is the accumulation of rainwater for future use. Usually this occurs before the rainwater reaches your local aquifer. The system is comprised of a few basic components;

  • Catchment Area
  • Conveyance
  • Storage
  • Treatment
  • Distribution

The catchment area is the area on which the rainwater is collected, usually the roof. Conveyance refers to the transportation of the rainwater from the catchment area to the storage and is considered the gutters and downspots of a roof. Storage refers to the storage tank where rainwater is collected. In order for rainwater to be consumed it must be treated.

You can determine your roof's square footage by adding the square area of your home or building and adding the area of "roof overhang" or square area of roof that extends beyond the boundaries of your home or building.

You can also estimate your harvested water by using a calculation from Texas A&M University's AgriLife Extension website;

Harvested Water (gal) = catchment area (ft2) X rainfall depth (in) x.623conversion factor

Roofs - A Passive Income Generator

Many people already realize the tremendous value of their roof whenever they step outside in a hot sun. For years people have already been harvesting the opportunities that solar energy roof systems offer. However, with a rainwater collection system, a roof can start generating revenue even when there is no sun out.

Membrane Roof

Roofs Around The World

Before I became involved in the world of green building I had never even seen an eco-roof. The first time I saw one it struck me that from a purely aesthetic or architectural point of view they create a sense of integration, or synthesis between the structure and the surrounding landscape, but that isn't even the half of it...

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rosalind Haselbeck who along with Richard Alianelli form Building Green Futures, a San Diego company that specializes in living roof installation, here's what she had to say;

BIGC- So what do you see as the chief benefits of a living roof?

BGF- The answer to that depends on your idea of 'beneficial' I would say the greater benefit lies in the many environmental aspects, such as the regained space for plant life (pollution and CO2 reduction) as well as mitigation of the urban heat island phenomenon.  However for the individual property owner his immediate and personal benefit lies in the exceptional insulation, and temperature reduction/stabilization effects, as well as improved storm water management due to the absorptive qualities of the growth medium and plant life.  Did I mention they are beautiful?

BIGC- And maintenance?

BGF- That varies depending on type. Generally you would maintain your green roof twice a year, weeding, clearing drains, fertilizing- the same sorts of things you would do with your regular garden or landscaping...only on your roof.

So there you have it from the horses mouth.  There are many factors involved in the world of green roofs. It all comes down to what is right for you and your budget. The good news is that there are now professionals out there like Rosalind and Richard who have made it their business to green the roofs of the world.

P.S. If you want more info check out these Cool Green Roof Links)

Griffin

Environmentally Friendly Roofing


Green Roof Systems Residential Georgia

Duluth Green Shingle Roof

A green roof in Duluth is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Duluth and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

Types Of Green Roof Systems

Duluth

What Is Green Roofing?

A green roof is known by several names such as eco-roof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage eco-roofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago's City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

The additional costs depend on the substructure of the initial building. They may require additional support as a green roof will weigh more than a traditional asphalt roof. However a roof that already has clay or concrete roofing material may be strong enough to support a heavier roof. The additional cost per square foot has many variables so an accurate cost really cannot be estimated. It could vary by eight to over twenty five dollars per square foot.

The second one is an intensive, meaning that it requires more labor and expense to install and maintain. It may weigh more than the extensive roof as it requires a thicker growing medium. They require irrigation, feeding and other maintenance. They are more park like.

If one chooses to build an eco-roof as a new structure or remodeling an existing structure roof you will probably need a building permit in most cities. Some cities encourage roof gardens, and other sustainable design projects, so make sure to check your local regulations to see if there are any tax breaks or other zoning advantages you qualify for.

Green Metal Roofing

Commercial Roofing: The Benefits of Green Roof Systems

The green movement spawned a new kind of roofing system that combines soil, plants, and other natural elements to form a rooftop ecosystem. Popular in many areas, green commercial roofing systems (a.k.a. natural systems) are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to conventional systems that do not weather well, and saddle building owners with high roofing repair bills. If you intend to implement a green roof, below are seven reasons to move forward with your plans:

Improved Storm Water Management

Green systems improve storm water management by storing water in the substrate, where it is absorbed by plants, and then returned to the atmosphere by transpiration and evaporation. By retaining storm water, a natural roof can help extend the lifespan of drainage systems by reducing the volume of water they receive. Research shows that a natural system can retain up to ninety percent of the rain that falls on them.

Noise Reduction

Depending on their construction, green roofs can reduce outside noise by up to 50 decibels. The interiors of urban buildings are prone to an influx of low frequency noise caused by transport systems, automobiles, and industrial work. Green systems excel at providing a barrier to this noise.

Conclusion

If you need a commercial roofing system, implementing a natural system may be the best option. In addition to improving the aesthetics of your building, a green roof can improve storm water management, reduce ambient heating, improve energy efficiency, reduce the cost of roofing repair, improve building value, attract employees, and reduce noise.

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Statesboro Green Roof Installation

A green roof in Statesboro is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Statesboro and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

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What Is Green Roofing?

History

Sod roofs have been part of Scandinavian structures for generations. These are homes where sod (or grass cover) is planted on top of layers of birch wood. The style is mostly associated with log cabin type dwellings. However, it wasn't until Germany in the 1960's that the modern take on "green" roofs used for environmental purposes came into vogue. Now, most of Europe has government incentives and encourages builders to use the technique. It has only been in recent decades that the popularity and government incentives have brought green roofing to the United States.

What is Green Roofing?

Modern green roofs involve planting local vegetation on top of waterproofing membranes that are affixed to the roof of a building. There are layers of material designed to house roots and create irrigation and drainage. Some structures are completely covered with vegetation, while others may only be partially covered. Green roofs fall into two main categories, intensive and extensive.

Disadvantages

Costs for installing the green roofing is considerably high. The waterproofing layers along with beefing up the support structure adds up quickly. Plus, unlike a typical roof, there is considerable more maintenance. Some people worry the vegetation will suffer from lack of rainfall. However, the way the drainage is designed, the roof will survive lengths of drought. And since local vegetation is used, it will also survive winter months.

For more information about green roofs, contact a commercial roofing repair contractor near you. If you are in Georgia, Atlanta commercial roofing can help you find solutions to your needs.

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Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

The roof is one of the most important features of your home so it's very important that you choose the right roofing material so that your roof will last you many years. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material. Asphalt shingles are very harmful to the environment because they absorb heat, hold on to that heat for a long time, and are rarely recycled (because it is difficult). Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they are cheaper.

If your roof is getting old and needs to be replaced why not replace it with an environmentally friendly roof. There are numerous choices available in green roofing. Here are a few:

The Living Roof This is one of the most popular choices when it comes to green roofing. These roofs contain a layer of soil and plants grow on top of them. A living roof provides much better insulation than an asphalt shingle roof. A living roof helps it blend into its surroundings, and they're beautiful. The topsoil that was removed during construction can be used as part of the living roof. Green roofs contain plants which help to replace the plants that were destroyed when the home was constructed. Most living roofs are found in Germany. Green roof systems can either be intensive or extensive depending on the plant material and planned usage for the roof area. Intensive green roofs use a wide variety of plants that may include trees and shrubs. They are extremely heavy and require a lot of support. Extensive roofs usually contain herbs, grasses, and mosses. They are not as heavy as intensive roofs. Green roofs can lower your electric bill. They also keep rain water from running off into the ground. The plants on the living roof can help remove pollutants from the air.

If you choose to install solar roof tiles, you still will need to stay on the electric grid since even the sunniest climates have cloudy days, which limits how much power the tiles can generate. You should still be able to save a substantial amount on your electric bill.

This is an excellent time to purchase solar powered tiles. There are many excellent state and federal tax incentives (up to 80% of the cost). You can increase the value of your home and save on your electric bills by installing solar tiles.

The solar roof tile is made up of photovoltaic modules that are capable of being integrated into any standard roofing system. Solar roof tiles are connected by electrical sockets on their underside. This creates a single electrical unit, and therefore, an electric current. Basically, solar roof tiles use the sun's rays to absorb heat and generate electricity for your home or building.

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A green roof in LaGrange is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.

Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in LaGrange and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.

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Sustainable, or "green," buildings - buildings that are deliberately designed to use natural resources in a way that's environmentally friendly -- are no longer a luxury. They are an imperative.

Consider the facts: According to the National Institute of Building Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide, "On an annual basis, buildings in the United States consume 39 percent of America's energy and 68 percent of its electricity. Furthermore, buildings emit 38 percent of the carbon dioxide (the primary greenhouse gas associated with climate change), 49 percent of the sulfur dioxide, and 25 percent of the nitrogen oxides found in the air. Currently, the vast majority of this energy is produced from non-renewable, fossil fuel resources..."

Of the two ways to reduce heating, cooling and lighting loads "through climate-responsive design and construction practices," the Whole Building Design Guide recommends the use of "high-performance building envelopes: select walls, roofs, and other assemblies based on long-term insulation, and durability requirements."

One of the most sustainable, high performance building materials prevalent throughout the world is zinc.

Zinc is reported to be the 23rd most abundant element in the earth's crust. It is a non-ferrous metal that is not susceptible to rust or corrosion: It's weatherproof, seismic proof, corrosion resistant, and immune to the harmful effects of UV rays, ensuring a very long service life without degradation.

This is possible because architectural zinc develops its own protective layer, which is called zinc hydroxyl carbonate. Once it's formed, that layer blocks moisture and chemicals from penetrating the zinc and, if it's scratched, the hydroxyl carbonate will reform over time. In other words, zinc heals itself. That's why zinc walls and roofs last on average from 80 to 100 years.

Zinc also requires very little energy to manufacture and little to no maintenance, and it is 100 percent recyclable from new construction scrap to the time it reaches its end use. As a result, zinc roofs and wall cladding never end up in landfills.

For generations, European architects have specified zinc as a building envelope material for all types of buildings because it would last and endure harsh weather conditions. In the late 1700s, zinc was also one of the most popular materials used for roofing in America, which is why many well-known historic structures, such as the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, had metal roofs.

Unfortunately, zinc fell out of favor in the U.S. as less expensive roofing materials evolved, such as asphalt shingles, and as American developers and building owners lapsed into a "throw-away" mind-set in the 1960s and '70s that still assumes no more than a 30- to 50-year life span for American buildings.

Today, American architects are becoming more enamored with the material, not only for its durability but also because of the increasing need for environmentally sustainable design and construction.

American architects are warming to the use of zinc on commercial, institutional, and government buildings. A few far-sighted practitioners are also encouraging their residential clients to use architectural zinc on their homes - from brand-new construction to renovation and historic restoration.

New Construction: Thinking of The Future

"Zinc ultimately costs much less than asphalt shingles when you calculate the life span of the house," says Daniel Nicely, director of market development for VMZINC and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). "Shingles are usually composed of asphalt, a decidedly non-green material, and an average shingle roof will need to be replaced about every 10 years -- four to five times compared to the lifetime of one zinc roof."

The value of zinc's low maintenance factor was underscored at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro when the decision was made to use zinc for two projects there, including the Hall for Humanities Research and Administration. The university acknowledged that construction budgets tend to be well funded but maintenance budgets are not. The self-healing characteristic of zinc was another factor in the decision, as was aesthetics:

"Zinc worked well because of the appearance," said Andy Sykes of Calloway Johnson Moore & West, PA, in North Carolina, project manager for the Hall for Humanities' project. "The color was more similar to what historical turn-coated lead roofs looked like and blended with the traditional campus roofs." (source: McGraw-Hill Construction, Continuing Education Center)

The aesthetic quality of architectural zinc for historic buildings was a key issue for the Central Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, when it renovated the Cooper House, a nearby antebellum house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to become its new Family Life Center. The old house needed a new roof and rainwater system that would be consistent with the house's historic style and last well into the future.

Hays Buchanan, the architects on the church project, chose natural VMZINC "for its historically correct gray color, strength and durability," reported Design & Build With Metal.com recently.

While zinc is often used in contemporary applications, the Cooper House project is a perfect example of why it is is a natural choice for historic restoration: the color, in this case of natural VMZINC, is historically correct aesthetically pleasing, durable and intended to last for decades. In addition, production techniques allow it to maintain the unique look of natural metal with consistent colors. Natural VMZINC will not develop a drastically different patina like copper, for example, that changes from its copper color to green. Instead, it weathers over the years to form a textured gray patina.

Design and Build with Metal.com also reported that Central Presbyterian church leaders and the Huntsville/Madison County Historical Society "readily approved the application [of zinc roofing and rainwater system] as consistent with the building's historical architecture."

Will Residential Use of Zinc Sweep America?

After rhapsodizing over the beauty, value, and sustainability of architectural zinc, Dallas architect Bob Borson answered the question he knew his blog readers would ask: Why isn't zinc used more in residential design?

"The reason we don't use it more often is because of the price," Borson wrote. "For the average standing seam profile, material cost and labor will run you in the ballpark of $20 per square foot."

For a young family building their first home, or senior citizens replacing the roof of a home they've already lived in for over 50 years, the cost is understandably prohibitive. But for new, modern homes from North Carolina to California, elegant estates in the North East or Pacific Northwest, a mid-century or old farmhouse renovation in Florida or Kentucky, or a historic home in heart of Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans' French Quarter, et al, the durability and sheer beauty of zinc roofing and wall cladding will continue to gain popularity as the imperative for sustainable, energy-saving homes grows stronger.

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Flat Roofing - Why are they so popular?

Gone are the days when roofs for buildings used to be made from easily available materials like thatch or straw. These days, the best of technology and latest advances combine to make roofs durable and more resilient in nature. Although it's easy to think that a roof is not as important as the main structure of the building itself; that is a mistake because a good roof will help protect from the elements and last for years to come. There are different roof types with unique characteristics such as a gable (which is triangular in shape), a mansard (found in many French houses), a shed (which allows rain or snow to run off easily) or even roofs with a combination of two or more designs. The materials used to make roofs are sturdier in nature and are designed to look natural yet stylish. Slate, concrete tiles and even metal are some of the most common options today.

Features of a Flat Roof

A flat roof is almost perfectly horizontal in design but usually has a slight slope so that snow and water can drain off easily. They are very easy to build and have been around for centuries. Initially, gravel and tar were used to contain leakages caused by stagnant water which accumulated on the roof. This kind of roof posed a bigger problem in cold climates as most owners had to deal with small collected pools of water, which invariably caused terrible leakages. These days, flat roofs are made from various materials which are usually a combination of synthetic rubber and polymers. They suit residential buildings better in comparison to commercial buildings, as they can become unstable when the size of the building is considerable. They also tend to be sensitive to large amounts of activity as they may develop cracks easily.

The Pros and the Cons

Unlike most other roofs which are not really cost-effective, flat roofs help minimize installation time, last longer, are easier to maintain, are inexpensive and have been proven to handle weather fluctuations extremely well. In addition, these roofs offer certain flexibility and are easier to clean than a sloping roof. If you would prefer to add a few decorative finishes or even a terrace garden, you can do that with a flat roof. Installing one is also believed to increase the value of your home. On the other hand, all buildings are not suitable for a flat roof and most coatings for these roofs may not be long lasting either. In this context, these roofs may require periodic maintenance to extend the life of the roof itself. The best way to find out if your home or commercial building is ideal for a flat roof is to consult your architect or a roofing expert for advice.

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