A living roof is a roof covered with grasses and plants. These roofs help lower your heating and cooling costs because they provide a layer of insulation that helps your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They are attractive as well an innovative and also help eliminate the urban heat problems in larger cities.
In areas where land for growing food is scarce a living roof could prove to be a huge help as a garden is completely possible on these kinds of roofs and in fact, many hotels and other businesses have grown gardens on their living roofs.
While these roofs do take more maintenance than some of the other green roofing solutions they are certainly an improvement over shingles and other roofing materials that are processes using fossil fuels and fill our landfills with waste.
At first glance most people would not consider metal roofs to be environmentally friendly but they are. First because they can be produced using recycled materials which reduces waste of those materials. Second they last far longer than normal asbestos shingles (3 to 4 times longer), which means that there is less waste going into landfill from these roofs as well.
They can also save you money on your home cooling costs, in some areas this saving is as much as 40%. They are attractive and wear well, making them low maintenance and easy to care for.
Solar panels will help you to save money on your energy bills as you will be making some of your energy yourself. Depending on how much actual sunshine your area gets that could be a huge saving. While saving you money solar panels also can save on the environment by reducing the use of pollution sources of energy.
Spanish Roof Slate
Perhaps one of the best green roofing solutions is using Spanish roof Slate for your roofing needs. Slate is formed in nature and is one of the few completely natural forms of roofing material. It comes from the ground and can go right back into the ground when it is no longer needed without harming the environment or using landfills.
While slate roofs may need some maintenance, they are extremely low maintenance kinds of roofs, and have been known to last 100 years in some areas. This means you will save money on replacement costs and labour as your roof may never need to be replaced in your lifetime.
When you consider that by choosing a green roof you can not only save money but, help the environment it makes sense to choose one of these kinds of roof for new home or roof replacement.