Vegetative roofs, also known as green roofs, are thin layers of living vegetation installed on top of a conventional flat or low slope roof.
With environmental concerns and global warming, vegetative roofs are common place and increasingly popular in the Chicago area.
Vegetative Roofs have many environmental advantages:
- Vegetative roofs improve air quality by producing oxygen, while removing toxins and large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air.
- They also help reduce the "urban heat island effect" by replacing what was usually a heat producing dark colored roof with "cool" green grasses, and mosses.
The plants that are used in a vegetative roof system help reflect the sun's rays, providing shade, and cooling the surrounding air through evapotranspiration.
- Since a vegetative roof absorbs less heat from the sun than a dark colored roof, the building it protects also stays cool, requiring less energy to cool the interior.
- Vegetative roofs also help with storm water management and water quality. They reduce and slow storm water runoff and filter out pollutants contained in rain water.
Vegetative roofs are very similar to garden roofing systems,
however vegetative roofs have a few more advantages.
Vegetative roofs only require a thin growing medium (thin soil) to support the low growing plants such as grass and moss.
A thinner base and a lower profile plant means less weight on the roof.
Vegetative roofing systems are also less expensive to install and maintain then larger garden roofs.
Vegetative roofs are also known as extensive green roofs, low profile green roofs, or eco-roofs.
Installing a vegetative roof system requires extensive technical knowledge and experience. Many of the roofing contractors listed on this site have the experience.
To insure that you hire the right vegetative roof contractor for your roofing project, please contact one of the listed and certified vegetative roofing contractors.
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