Vancouver Green Roofs
Green roofs in Vancouver and area have soared in popularity over the last few years, in part to increased interest in being environmentally friendly but also due to a 2006 bylaw requiring buildings of more than 5,000 m2 (equivalent to 53,821 ft2) to use green-roof technology.
These roofs cover completely or partially the top of a building with a single or multiple plants, serving purposes to both the homeowner and the environment and being at the same time aesthetically pleasing. A green roof is effective in absorbing rainwater and other moisture in the air that would normally collect on your roof and eventually cause decay and damage to your shingles. The vegetation is planted over a waterproofing membrane to ensure that no moisture can leak through in the home or building below. Green roofs usually also include a type of drainage system as a further precaution that any extra water not absorbed by the vegetation leaves the top of your building. Having vegetation on a roof helps reduce the noise that enters a house and extend its life.
Despite popular belief, a green roof provides exceptional insulation to the home or building below and has also been proven to lower the surrounding air temperature and improve air quality, specifically in urban settings.
A green roof really is an investment for yourself and your home. With the lowered heating and cooling costs you will see as a result of your roof, you will end up saving money in the long run. If you are interested in converting your current roof into a more eco-friendly one, contact our Macbeth Roofing roofing experts at (604) 593-1044 to start on a green path today!