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 square metres (53,821 square feet) to use green-roof technology.
These roofs completely or partially cover the top of a building with a single plant or a variety of plants that are aesthetically pleasing and that serve purposes to both the home owner and the environment. 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 to reduce the noise that enters a house, and green roofs are proven to extend the life of a roof.
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 roofing experts at Macbeth Roofing to start on a green path today!