Thinking of Going Green? Here’s What You Need to Know

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The concept of green roofing has been around for a few years, but recent trends in climate change, the focus on social and environmental responsibility, and ongoing tax perks and benefits have landed green roofing on center stage once again.

With the renewed interest in renewable energy, you and your family may be considering a green roof for your new roof installation. If that’s you, here’s what you need to know, courtesy of Shamrock Roofing and Construction.

Defining Green Roofing

While there’s no clear-cut definition, a green roofing system is essentially a small box or roof addition designed for growing grass, plants, and other flora. All green roofs contain waterproofing features as well as root repellent, making them safe for almost any structure (residential or commercial). Beautiful and unique, rooftop gardens provide a pretty (and environmentally responsible) alternative to your standard asphalt shingle. They also increase your livable space; green roofs are perfect for entertaining friends.

Anytime you’re planning on changing your roof type, a roof inspection is always recommended. Green roofs are no exception. Many Tulsa roofers offer a free roof inspection to determine whether a green roof is suitable for your home, so make an appointment to have this done before going too far in the planning phase.

Property owners can customize their green roof style by selecting the amount of vegetation per square foot and determining how much effort they want to put into maintenance each year. These decisions dictate the types of plants that can be used to create your green space.  

Why Go Green for Your Next Roof Replacement in Tulsa

There are many benefits associated with green roofing. For one, your new roof installation is excellent for the environment and the community at large. It reduces the strain put on local sewer systems, and the plants help trap pollutants, keeping the air fresh and clean. If used on a commercial property, green roofs can also serve as a gathering space or a source of jobs and revenue for local residents.

When designed for residential use, green roofs add more than just a pretty aesthetic. The plants absorb both noise and harmful elements like UV rays, hail, or excessive water. This limits your roof’s exposure to weather-related damage, improving its overall longevity. In addition, Shamrock Roofing customers love the energy-saving features of a green roof. 

When it’s time to consider a roof replacement Tulsa, you can bet you’ll see a reduction in your heating and cooling bill if you install a green roof. You’ll also find that they’re efficient at utilizing waste products in a way that extends the life of your HVAC system — a win across the board!

The Downside

Of course, there are some cons when it comes to new roof installation with a green roof. The installation process is tedious and time-consuming, and insurance costs on a house with a green roof are significantly higher. Plus, if you don’t have a green thumb, unruly roots and foliage can do long-term damage to your rooftop. 

Interested in Going Green? 

If you’re interested in learning more about green roofing products, it’s time to contact us at Shamrock Roofing and Construction. We’ll begin with a free roof inspection to determine the condition of your current roof. Then we’ll discuss your vision for your rooftop oasis. 

With over forty years in the roofing business, we’ve had our share of green roofing inquiries. Call today to schedule your free roof inspection. We look forward to bringing your energy-efficient green roof to life!