Green roofs are sometimes called living roofs. Many people do not realize that green roofs can be installed on shelters and canopies as well as homes, apartments and office buildings.
Green roofs have gained popularity over the last several years in both urban and rural areas. This is partly due to the recent climate changes and increased rainfall.
Green roofs are environmentally friendly and help to prevent flooding. They retain more rainwater than conventional roofing systems which help to minimize roof runoff, decrease the risk of localized flooding and reduce the pressure to sewage systems. Any excess rainwater that is not absorbed by the green roof will drain off the green roof more slowly, which decreases the impact on sewage systems and helps with the natural water cycle.
Green roofs can be installed on any structure that has a flat roof, including canopies and shelters. Additionally, green roofs can be installed on a roof of 45 degrees or less.
Sedums are great plants for green roofs. They stain healthy throughout the year. They require little care and are drought tolerant. Bees, butterflies and other flying insects love sedums. Sedums help the ecosystem remain healthy. They thrive in sunny areas and help with drainage.
There are several things to consider before installing a green roof. Green roofs are environmentally friendly; however, homeowners should not try to install one themselves because they are difficult to install correctly. A completed roof can weigh over 100 pounds per square foot, which is why a structural architect or structural engineer should analyze your roof system before installing a green roof. To ensure the correct mixture of soil and plants are used, you should leave the installation to a professional.
If you are unable to install a green roof, you can still use rooftop raised beds and containers to create an environmentally friendly rooftop garden. You can use containers to plant simple herbs as well as beautiful flowers.