A living roof

What Is a Living Roof?

Throughout the country, urban areas generally look like a blend of gravel-ballasted, asphalt, and black tar roofs when you view them from above. These roofs are typically dark in color because heat radiates off of dark colors better. In the last few years, the urban landscape has been broken up by a startling innovative development. Green rooftops are now becoming popular among renters, businesses, and homeowners.

A green roof, or living roof, the practice of making good use of neglected space on rooftops to grow produce, flowers, and other vegetation. Other than looking beautiful, these roofs offer a number of benefits.

Advantages of a Living Roof

When you have a green roof, it actually lasts longer than a conventional roof. For humans and pets, a rooftop garden serves as a peaceful escape from the urban jungle. Plus, it absorbs stormwater.

When it comes to costs, having a green roof can end up saving you a significant amount of money. Because a green roof lasts for longer, you will spend less money replacing your roof in the long run. It also helps to reduce your energy costs because the plants serve as natural insulation. In addition, green roofs enhance air quality.

Can a Living Roof Survive in Southern California?

If you live in a warm area, you may want to invest in a green roof or solar panels, or both. A green roof can decrease the temperature of your roof by 30 to 40 degrees. Interestingly, this means that having a green roof can actually make your solar panels more efficient. Solar panels need the sun to work, but they do not work as efficiently in hot weather. By installing a green roof near your solar panels, you may be able to increase your energy production, as well.

For all of your roofing needs, rely on August Roofing and Solar. We have more than 25 years of experience providing expert roofing installations and repairs in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. To schedule your appointment, call (805) 519-8099.