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Green Roofing Trends Across the U.S.

Outdoor landscaping trends are in the national eye. A Natural Landscaping Workgroup was recently created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the goal of shifting the national consciousness towards water-saving techniques and green roofing ideas. Learn more about green roofing trends across the nation and discover what roofing contractors can do to simplify the process.

Green Roofing Ideas Across the U.S.

Professional roofers are busy installing cutting-edge green roof technology across the country. Whether you're looking to outfit your home or business, you'll enjoy energy savings and other benefits. Take a look at a few top spots for green roofs:

  • At 24.5 acres, Millennium Park in Chicago features the world's largest green roof, which doubles as a public park
  • The Ford Assembly Plant in Dearborn, Michigan adds an extra eco-friendly touch to its car manufacturing plant with the addition of a native plant green roof
  • Energy savings thanks to the green roof on the Gap Headquarters in San Bruno, California more than paid for the roofing installation.

Green roofing is a worldwide phenomenon as well. At the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, a green garden roof saves its kitchen about $30,000 yearly in food costs. Across the country and around the world, green roofing is a unique solution to the energy crisis.

Benefits of Green Roofing for Business Owners

Green roofing has economic, aesthetic, and environmental benefits for business owners. Grassy green roofs help dampen sound and lower the building's cooling and heating costs by providing natural insulation. For buildings struggling to make city stormwater codes, the improved drainage of the eco-friendly roof can help reduce or eliminate draining water.

  • Attractive habitat for birds
  • Reduce the required size of HVAC equipment
  • Potential media exposure and customer appreciation

Improve your business' eco-visibility and reduce your carbon footprint with green roofing solutions. Roofing contractors can work best with your building codes and business needs, creating a green roof you and your employees can easily care for.

DIY Green Roofing at Home Tips

Building and installing a green roof at home may sound like a risky proposition, but homeowners across the country are turning green roofing into a DIY project. Take a look at the basic structure of a green roof:

  • Plywood layer over roof trusses or joints
  • Synthetic rubber membrane over plywood, plus a containing edge covered in rubber
  • Green roof components: foundation membrane, root barrier membrane, straw mats, 4-6 inches of soil
  • Drainage zones with gravel and drainage tubing

Of course, it's important to take care while creating your own green roof. Improper sealing could lead to a rotting roof and thousands of dollars worth of damage. Do your research before you tackle a DIY green roofing project yourself, and when in doubt, hire a roofing contractor to offer essential tips and a helping hand on your project.

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Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in North America mainly because they are economical and versatile, work well on steep-sloped roofs, are sunlight and weather resistant, require little-to-no maintenance and are reasonably priced. In addition, asphalt shingles are also easy to cut, fasten, and fit, as well as being compatible with many different kinds of flashing and edging products.

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