A green roof is also called a living roof, vegetated roof, or an eco-roof. It is either completely or partially covered with some sort of growing vegetation. They may also include an irrigation system and root barrier. Green roofs are great for the environment because they can help filter carbon dioxide and pollutants out of the air and help filter heavy metals and pollutants out of the rainwater.
Green roofs have been around for centuries, but they are just now gaining popularity. It is estimated that 10% roofs in Germany are green. While green roofs are not popular in America, they are gaining some ground. When people hear the term “going green”, they think about spending a lot of money. On the contrary, having a green roof can actually help you save money in the long run.
Consider getting a green roof for better heating. Green roofs have been shown to improve insulation, so, if you have better insulation in your home, then you will be able to reduce your heating bill.
Increase Your Roof’s Life Expectancy
It can cost over $13,000 to replace a roof. That is why you want to try to keep your roof alive and well for as long as you possibly can. Going green can drastically increase the life expectancy of your roof. One way that going green can do this is by shielding the waterproof membrane from ultraviolet rays. The ultraviolet rays that come from the sun can potentially damage the roof.
Reduce Your Food Bill
The cost of food has increased drastically over the past couple of years. It will most likely continue to increase, but a green roof can potentially help you save a lot of money on your food bills. You can use a green roof to grow your own vegetable garden. If you grow your own vegetables, then you will be able to save a lot of money on groceries. Furthermore, growing your own food may even be healthier than buying food out of the store.
There are many states that allow you to have a tax exception for a green roof. In New York City, people who go green at least 50% of their roof will be able to get a one-year tax credit.
Increase Real Estate Value
A green roof will not only help you save money, but will increase your real estate value.
You should consider greening your roof because it will help save the environment, help you reduce your heating bills by improving your insulation, increase the life expectancy of your roof, and be eligible for tax exceptions as well as increase your real estate value.