A green roof in Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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?
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.
Flat Roofing Details - Pros and Cons
Many individuals are increasingly aware of environmentally friendly solutions for their properties to help with social equity, operational efficiency, and conservation. For such properties, green roofs are among the popular eco-friendly roofing solutions utilized by many owners. Instead of having the usual non-porous roof surfaces, green roofs promote vegetative roofing solutions that make more environmental sense than the conventional choices.
Going Green Literally!
The concept of going green has been brought to a literal meaning with this type of roof. Green roofs are designed with grass or flowerbeds or any vegetative medium that provide countless benefits for people. In addition to being friendly to the environment, it also helps people to have a verdant design on their roofs that can make them feel relaxed in the process. Green colors particularly those coming from leaves have a relaxing effect for people. Furthermore, more grass and plants contribute in increased amount of oxygen in the air contributing to regulating carbon emissions.
Due to increasing popularity, new companies offering this service are also increasing in the market. Although this solution may look expensive to many consumers and business owners, the facts and past performance of these solutions are making the implementation more affordable than ever before. The uniqueness of each roof can really become an expression of the building owner. From geographical representations of flora and architecture to purposeful design, green roofs are becoming a powerful solution to our growing concerns with energy consumption, water conservation, and global climate change. The status quo can keep us mired in mediocrity. My belief in the greening of roofs should be construed as the end result of the past few years of my life devoted to assisting clients make efficient sustainable practices a core value. We can do this one roof at a time.