As more people try to find ways they can protect the environment and reduce their environmental impact, green roofing is becoming a more popular choice for homes and businesses. This is a blanket term for any roofing that has a positive impact on the environment.
Green roofing can refer to roofing that includes solar panels to absorb sunlight and turn it into usable energy. It can also refer to roofs that are designed to absorb less sunlight to keep the interior of a building cool, which ultimately lowers energy usage for the building. Of course, decreased energy usage leads to a conservation of energy and a positive environmental impact. Roofs that receive a coating to increase UV radiation resistance are also classified as green roofs. So, it isn’t a particular style of roof or a particular roofing material that makes a roof considered green.
What It Takes to Install Green Roofing
In many cases, your roof can be converted from its present state to a green roof by simply making some minor changes. A UV protection coating an be applied or a foam layer can be sprayed to alter how much sunlight the roof absorbs. A solar panel array can be set up to absorb and reuse energy, or reflective panels can be put in place to redirect sunlight. Not every green option takes the sun’s energy and reuses it. Some of them simply lower operating and energy costs for the structure by reducing heat absorption through the roof. Since the roof is the primary location on the building that will absorb heat, changing how much sunlight and heat are absorbed will drastically alter the building’s energy consumption.
You may want your entire roof replaced to be greener, and that costs more and takes more time, but it will create a more beneficial effect as well. Some types of roofing materials are simply more environmentally friendly than others, and your roofing experts can find what works best in your situation and add on reflective panels, UV coating or other apparatus to your new, green roof to make it even more environmentally friendly. Your budget and other requirements will determine how comprehensive and in-depth the green roofing process is in your case.
At A&B Commercial Roofing, we can work with your budgetary constraints and your schedule to find a green roofing solution that you are happy with. We can go as far as you like with the green treatment, greatly reducing your environmental impact or just making some small changes that can result in cost savings and a greener environment. It’s completely up to you what method of green roofing you want to go with, since most of them will work with the majority of roofing styles and materials. In some cases, your options will be more limited because of the kind of roof you have.
For instance, if you have a flat roof, you may want to put some plants on your roof to reduce heat absorption and to create a more oxygen-rich environment. This may not be possible on a sloped roof.
Why Go Green?
While more and more people are choosing green options for a lot of different aspects of their lives, you may be wondering what the big deal is.
With a green roof, you can enjoy decreased greenhouse gases. This creates a cooler environment with more breakable air. It is simply a better and safer place to live in with less UV radiation seeping through and causing damage to your health and environment.
Green roofs also have the potential to greatly decrease your energy usage. If you can cut down on how often you have to use your air conditioning unit, particularly in the summer, then you will save money on your electricity bill. You may not run the AC less with a green roof, but you will probably not need to turn it up so high. That results in lower costs as well, and it decreases the wear and tear on your AC unit, ensuring it lasts longer and needs fewer repairs.