When you install a roof on a commercial building, it is only too easy to focus on what you can do to keep your installation costs down. Saving money so you can increase your profits is a worthy goal, but a myopic focus on installation costs can increase operating and maintenance costs down the road. If you really want to save money, you have to be willing to spend a little extra on installation costs. While much has been said about white roofing lately, you can save more money in the long run, if you install a green roof.
What Is Green Roofing?
To be clear, green roofing does not necessarily refer to the color of your roof. Instead, it refers to its composition. Unlike asphalt roofing, which is made from asphalt tar and white roofing which can be a roof coating or a rubber roofing membrane, green roofing is made of plants. To install a green roof, you install a waterproof membrane, followed by a planting medium, and then you sow your roof with the type of seeds you want to grow.
Why Install a Green Roof?
Planting your roof with seeds requires a lot of extra roof beyond simply installing a roofing membrane, so what makes it worth your time and money?
1. Heating and cooling costs are one of the biggest bills that you will have to contend with as a business owner. A green roof will absorb up to 90% of the sun's energy, which will greatly reduce your cooling costs during the summer. Furthermore, the potting medium and plants on your roof can provide extra insulation during the winter to help your building stay warm.
2. A green roof provides you with more space to use for your business if you so choose. Setting up a picnic table or display space on a normal flat roof could damage the roofing membrane, but with a green roof, the planting medium and plants will nullify this risk. Whether you use this space to give your staff a place to take a lunch break or you use it as a showroom for some of your wares, having extra space to use can be a good thing.
3. A green roof will protect the underlying roofing membrane, which can help it to last for years longer than it would if exposed to the elements. Because your roofing membrane will not degrade like it otherwise would, you can save a lot of money on roof maintenance.
4. A green roof will help to absorb rain that falls on your building, so you don't have to worry as much about where runoff water goes.
For more information, contact A-J Roofing & Waterproofing Co or a similar company.Share
8 March 2016
When I married my husband 10 years ago, I agreed to move into the ranch home he already owned. Initially, we planned to live in this house for five years and then after a few years of marriage we wanted to buy our dream home. After our wedding, many things in our lives changed. We both got different jobs. And we decided to transform the house my husband owned when we married into our forever home. To accomplish this task, we have begun a major renovation project. The first job on our list was a new roof. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of roofs to install on a brick home.