As sustainable lifestyles and “going green” initiatives become increasingly popular and necessary, many homeowners are looking for ways to do their part and help the environment, starting at home. A popular way to do this is through the use of green roofs. While green roofs do present many eco-friendly benefits, they do have some downfalls as well. Here are the pros and cons of green roofs for homeowners.
1. While many people think of green roofs as being primarily for commercial buildings or architectural endeavors, more and more average homeowners are beginning to use green roofs too! In many states, green roof homeowners can become eligible for some great tax incentives and deductibles. Many cities, for example offer $10 sewer fee reductions to residents with green roofs for every square foot of green roof present on their property. This is meant to encourage people make sustainable choices, since only about 1% of the U.S. population uses green roofs.
2. Another pro is that green roofs can provide homeowners with incredible energy savings. The roofs will effectively reduce home heating and cooling costs. This energy savings is great for you and for the environment! The plant covering of a green roof, as opposed to a traditional roofing material, will be able to block out UV light and other environmental factors that usually damage a regular roof quickly. Therefore, a green roof can last up to 2 or even 3 times longer than a regular roof, meaning your investment will last longer and cost less money in the long run. Plus, the amount of money you save in energy costs will likely offset the different in price, or offset the installation altogether over time.
1. While there are many benefits of a green roof, they also come with some draw backs. Watering and cleaning the roof may be a negative a drawback to many homeowners who do not want to put in the time and effort needed to maintain a green roof. If this is a concern, but you are still interested in a green roof, be sure to work with a landscape design professional to weigh your options and develop some low-maintenance, time saving alternatives and changes.
2. Some people also worry about the weight of a green roof and its practicality and safety. Luckily working with an engineer or architect will ensure that the roof is weighed appropriately so that the green roof is compatible with your current home, especially if you live in an older home. This person would also design the roof appropriately to avoid leaks and water problems and identify areas where extra attention should be paid to prevent damage and concerns.
As with any technology, there are always pros as well as cons. To determine if a green roof is right for your home, you will need to weigh these benefits and setbacks carefully to make a choice. Green roofs will save you money and help the environment. However, they require additional maintenance as a homeowner, and need to be installed by qualified professional in order to be safe and sound. Be sure to consult an energy efficient contractor to learn about choosing the right central AC unit to save money or about installing a green roof!