The decision to invest in vegetative roofs requires homeowners to understand their instant benefits and long term impacts. Green roof technology experts say that the environmental impacts and energy saving advantages of vegetative roofs and applications outweighs the impacts of replacing the roof after few years.
Choosing a vegetative roof system that balances the above dilemmas is important because the effects of replacing a roof cannot be overlooked. To successfully select a vegetative roof, Essex County roofers advise homeowners to understand the components of vegetative roofs and their potential benefits.
One of the benefits of vegetative roofs is that they control storm water. The soil media, which includes the planting system, reduces the peak volume rate of drainage systems, the volume of run off and contaminants in the run off. Consequently, the quantity of storm water flowing through the drainage and treatment system is reduced.
Vegetative roofs also promote air quality. Installing vegetative roofs increases the planting media in any areas thus purifying contaminated air and reducing airborne contaminants.
Energy savings is also another benefit of installing vegetative roofs. The planting and soil media acts as a buffer between the roof insulation and ambient temperature.
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This reduces the rate of temperature change, as well as the fluctuation of low and high daily temperatures. Both of these benefits reduce the load on the house's mechanical cooling and heating systems. The installed planting system also provides different levels of increased thermal value that are inversely proportional to the plant's moisture content.
Proper vegetative installation is also known to increase the service life of a roof. Studies show that vegetative roof membrane systems have a longer service life as compared to conventional membranes. The reason for this variation is the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Vegetative roof membrane systems are protected from these rays. Plant media covers the membranes and protects them from damages caused by thermal shock stresses.
Therefore, planting vegetative media acts as a buffer to the membrane temperature.
Last but not least, vegetative roofing system promotes aesthetics and wellness. Installing visible and accessible vegetative roofs enables homeowners and visitors to benefit from their natural look. This is supported by some studies, which show that having access to natural scenes improves people's general wellness and productivity.
The benefits of vegetative roof systems are many. Homeowners are advised to conduct proper roof evaluation before investing their money on vegetative roofs. Homeowners who want to install a green roof on an existing roof must get their roofs inspected first.