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Riding the Green Wave

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Riding the Green Wave

Really, call this roofing phenomenon what you will, but green roofs are not a passing eco-fad. Green Roofs are a simple roofing system that replaces shingles, shakes and tiles with plants, shrubs and soil in effort to better support our urban ecosystem. With the incredible construction taking place in our cities and suburbs green roofs remind us of the importance of good stewardship.

The benefits to green roofs include:

  • Reduces energy costs
  • Improves air quality by converting CO2 into O2
  • Contributes to reducing urban heat island effect
  • Transforms unusable surfaces into useable green spacesinsulates and protects
  • Home from UV rays and wind
  • Lowers storm water drainage into streams and drainage ponds
  • Provides habitats for birds and other wildlife

How is a green roof installed?

There are two types of green roof systems, intensive and extensive. Intensive green roofs typically are roof top gardens with trees, walkways and sitting areas. The structural support for these areas is complex and exist primarily on commercial buildings. Extensive systems are lighter weight and are supported by residential homes and detached garages. The primary purpose for these roofs are to reduce energy costs and reduce environmental issues such as heat island effect, (plus be the “coolest” house on the block! No pun intended).

Check out these websites for further information: www.seattletilth.org and www.epa.gov

Are you interested in installing a green roof on your home or garage?

Let us know. Call our office to schedule a Free Estimate at (425) 881-9771.

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