Roof Construction Cost — Green Roof Construction

Roof Construction Cost - Green Roof Construction

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The trend towards green roof construction has been quietly growing in major cities around the world since the 1960’s. Although green roofing is quite common in Europe, it has only begun to gain industry acceptance in the U.S. over the past several years as individuals, government agencies, and businesses alike have become interested in its environmental benefits and cost-saving potential. Green roof construction provides companies with sustainable energy that can cut costs significantly.

Ideal Plants for a Green Roof

Generally speaking, the plants you select for your green roofing should be ecologically compatible with your construction location and resistant to weather, insects and disease. Ideal plants are very hardy, fast growing, non-invasive, and fire resistant. For minimal maintenance, they should have a shallow, fibrous root system and be resistant to damage when walked on. Succulent groundcovers like Delosperma, Jovibarba and Sedum are top choices for green roofing.

Why Install a Green Roof System?

The motivation for installing green roof systems is varied, as they offer plenty of benefits over traditional roofing. For some, green roofing is a necessary step on the path to LEED certification. Some cultivate roof systems simply out of a desire to be environmentally responsible. Plenty of others are looking for ways to conserve on energy as a means of reducing costs.

Whatever the reason, the construction of all green roof systems follows the same basic blueprint. The key components include decking, waterproofing, insulation, drainage, filter cloth, medium and, finally, plants. The selection of plants depends entirely on the roof’s primary purpose, but ultimately comes down to a question of how much time and money you have to allocate to roof maintenance. Green roofing can help your company or home save money by saving you countless dollars on energy costs and even providing revenue through the sale of excess energy.

Green Roofs, LEED & Responsible Building

Green roofs, LEED certified construction, and other environmentally responsible building practices are on the rise. Awareness campaigns extolling the virtues and benefits of sustainable building and design are encouraging municipalities across the country to follow the example of cities like Chicago, which currently leads the nation in green roofs, LEED certification and incentives to encourage environmentally responsible businesses.

About Kirberg Roofing Company

For four generations the Kirberg roofing company has provided the best in commercial and residential roofing, roof restoration, waterproofing, and more. As one of the largest and most capable specialty roofing contractors in the Midwest, our history of service is unsurpassed. And we’ll always be here to help you meet tomorrow’s challenges.

At Kirberg we are committed to providing your business or home with the most effective and efficient roofing solution. Whether it is roof repair, green roofing, metal roofing, or solar panel installation, we listen carefully to our customers and respond promptly and professionally. We proudly offer expert, nationwide service and the latest technology. Kirberg Company’s roofing and related services are right the first time.

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