One of the growing trends in the roofing and new construction markets is an interest in environmentally friendly, or “green,” roofing products. “Green roofs” have multiple meanings in the world of roofing materials. Here we’ll try to explain some of the various categories of green roofing in Vancouver.
• A traditional green roofing system features a roof covered by vegetation, with plants and other natural components taking the place of shingles or tiles. The design and systems vary, but all green roofs include a base waterproofing layer, drainage, soil or other growing media, and plants covering the entire surface of the roof deck.
• A “green” roof can also refer to any roofing product that is manufactured from recycled content or naturally harvested material, or uses sustainable design elements in some way.
• The term “green” can be applied to roofing materials that are highly energy-efficient and therefore reduce a homeowner’s use of heating and air conditioning.
• Some products, such as GAF’s Advanced Protection® shingles, are lighter and stronger than the average shingle – requiring fewer natural resources for production and transport – so they’re also billed as “green.”
The various types of “green” roofing allow companies and individual homeowners to make a positive impact on the environment, whether by eliminating or reducing the need for manmade material, using recycled products, conserving energy, reducing the use of natural resources, or a combination of these. If you are interested in “green” roofing materials for your Vancouver home, contact Crown Residential Roofing at (877) 907-3066. We can educate you about the options and provide professional, certified installation of many types of roofing systems.