If you're like most people, you've been hearing a great deal these days about roofs comprised of vegetative layers, otherwise known as green roofs, but aren't quite sure what they can do for your commercial building. Although green roofs have been around for millenia, they're actually the new kids on the block when it comes to Western Hemisphere cityscapes, so it's understandable that many people are unclear concerning their benefits.
Following are just five of the many ways that having a green roof installed on your commercial building can benefit you, the tenants of your building, and the surrounding community.
Decreased Cooling Costs
Heat islands in urban areas can cause seasonal air conditioning costs to soar. Surface temperatures of rooftop gardens are generally cooler than the overall air temperature, where roofs made of traditional materials can be as much as 90 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. Most of this heat is absorbed into the interior of the building, which means your furnace won't have to work as hard to keep the building warm and comfortable.
Decreased Heating Costs
By the same token, your commercial building will stay much warmer during the cold season with the extra layer of insulation provided by a green roof. Soil is a wonderful insulator, and you can increase its insulation properties by covering it with black plastic during the off-season—this will also help prevent weeds from sprouting when your garden plants are going through their dormancy period.
Increased Property Values
Rooftops gardens are excellent selling points when seeking tenants for commercial properties or when offering the property for sale. Whether rooftop gardens primarily focus on plants grown for food or those with ornamental properties, they significantly enhance the visual appeal of the building on which they are situated as well as the entire neighborhood. The decreased utility costs associated with green roofs also act as an excellent selling point when seeking to attract quality tenants.
Potential Event Rental Opportunities
Rooftop gardens are all the rage for those seeking unique, quality event venues. You could rent out your rooftop gardens for weddings, anniversary celebrations, company dinners, and other special occasions.
to Give Back to Your Community
Green roofs make great community garden locales. By offering your rooftop to neighborhood residents, you generate goodwill in your community as well as provide the immediate neighborhood with a much-needed service—they'll be able to grow vegetables for their family tables.
Please contact your local commercial roofing contractor, such as East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC., for more information on the benefits of installing a rooftop garden.