A green roof in Kennesaw 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 Kennesaw and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.
What Is Green Roofing?
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.
Maintaining Flat Roofs and Your Sanity
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.
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