When it comes time to choose your next roof, it can be overwhelming to make a decision with all of the different products on the market. Green roofing is an option that is becoming increasing popular for some pretty compelling reasons:
Green roofs provide greater insulation for your home. This helps you keep your home warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. Research suggests that having a green roof can reduce a home’s air conditioning demands in the summer by as much as 75%. Green roofs also help to reduce the wear on heating and ventilation systems, because they end up being used less.
Green roof installation is more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles, but it is balanced out by cost savings in gas and electrical bills each year. You can use a Green Roof Energy Calculator online to compute how much a green roof can help you save in energy costs every year.
When the waterproofing membranes on your roof constantly experience large temperature fluctuations, micro-tearing can result. Because a green roof helps to insulate against these temperature fluctuations, your roof will be much more durable. This means you are less likely to have to deal with costly repairs down the road.
Green roofs absorb noise and sound much better than other roofing products. They are especially effective at reducing low-frequency sounds. You can enjoy a better night’s sleep knowing that outside sounds are reduced by 40-50 decibels thanks to your green roof installation.
Green roofs help to improve air quality by capturing pollutants, filtering toxins out of the air, and absorbing CO2. They help to manage stormwater by retaining precipitation, moderating water temperature, managing runoff, and participating in the transpiration and evaporation part of the water cycle. Green roofs help reduce smog production by reducing dust and particulate matter. Finally, green roofs help to moderate the Urban Heat Island effect, also known as the albedo effect, by having one less hard absorbent urban surface.
Green roofs are attractive features for prospective home buyers. Make your home stand out against the competition by investing in a green roof. Not only will your home be in higher demand with a green roof, you are more likely to receive higher bids from interested buyers who recognize the environmental and financial benefits of having a green roof.
When you invest in a green roof, you help the environment, your fellow citizens, wildlife, and your wallet. What’s not to love?