Living Roof 101: The Basics To Know

If it's time to install a new roof on your home, you have the opportunity to either reinstall the same material you already have or change the roofing structure to something different. One thing you might want to consider is the benefit of installing a living roof. Whether you opt for creeping growth or other vegetation, there are some significant advantages to having a roof of this sort installed. Here's a look at some of the benefits to consider if you're thinking about a living roof.

Reduces Rain And Snow Melt Runoff 

If you install a living roof, the soil that you're growing in will absorb much of the water that falls on your roof or the snow that melts up there. That water will then provide water and nutrients for anything you're growing in that soil. Since the water is absorbed and put to use, it won't run off the roof and create any kind of water accumulation around the foundation or on your property. This can even minimize the need for drainage and waterproofing treatments for your foundation.

Enhances Insulating Benefits

Your roof provides some insulating benefits for your home, helping you to maintain a consistent temperature. If you are looking for a way to enhance that insulating benefit, adding a living roof can do just that. Between the soil and the vegetation, you'll get the benefit of extra insulation that helps to keep your home's temperature consistent.

Helps With Wildlife Preservation

Everything from bees and other pollinators to birds and similar creatures will garner benefits from a living roof. You can contribute to the preservation of wildlife and the natural infrastructure of pollination when you choose this type of roofing material for your home. This is especially true if you opt to plant pollinator-friendly flowers and butterfly gardens on your roof.

Reduces Heat Island

If you live in an area where homes are close together and there's little in the way of relief from the environmental effects of the city, the heat island effect can make your neighborhood feel warmer because it retains heat. You can help reduce the heat island effect by installing a living roof on your home.

No matter what your home's current roof condition might be, these are some of the many reasons why you need to consider installing a living roof on your home. Talk with a local roofing contractor today for more help and information.

For more information, contact a company like Kerry Roofing & Masonry.