Debunked Green Roofing Myths

April 16, 2020

Have you ever looked at a gorgeous green roof and wondered if it’s possible to have one? If your mind instantly jumped to all the reasons that you can’t have one, you’re in the right place. Here are the most common green roofing myths that have been debunked.

 

What Is Green Roofing?

 

A green roof, sometimes referred to as a living roof, is when a building is partially or entirely covered with plants. The vegetation is planted over a waterproofing layer and these green roofs include extra layers like a drainage, a root barrier and an irrigation system. If you’ve ever seen a garden on a building, it was likely a green roof.

 

Here are a few myths about green roofing that have been thoroughly debunked:

 

They Are A New Trend

 

As amazing as these are, green roofing is not a new trend, it’s just a gorgeous addition to structures that not everyone knows about. It’s understandable to assume that this is a new trend as it does have somewhat of a wow factor.

 

They Cause Structural Problems

 

This might be pure assumption, we’re not sure, but there is no proof to support this myth. If your roof has a leak, the cause is independent of the fact that it happens to be a green roof. Green roofs, if constructed properly, are structurally sound.

 

They Are Costly And Difficult To Irrigate

 

It is true enough that green roofs require irrigation at first to establish roots, however, this is not a continuous and demanding requirement. Some also believe that only succulents can be maintained but this is also incorrect – plant whatever you want as green roofs are not difficult to irrigate or costly to plant.

 

All You Need Is A Little Dirt To Get Started

 

There are specific lightweight materials and technical considerations that are made to ensure that your roof thrives. The installation of a green roof is not only started with a little dirt but is more complex than this so it is best left to a professional.  

 

If you’re looking to spruce up your property with green roofing, contact us here at Enduroflex and we’ll take care of it.

 

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