If you’ve visited any of the major US cities in recent years, there’s a good chance you may have spotted a new trend being adopted by many of its occupants; Green roofs.
Whether commercial or residential, more and more buildings throughout our nation’s concrete jungles have begun embracing what many European countries have been doing for years. But why?
WHAT IS A GREEN ROOF?
A green roof system is an extension of the existing roof which involves (at a minimum) high-quality water-proofing, root repellent system, drainage system, filter cloth, a lightweight growing medium, and plants.
WHY GET A GREEN ROOF?
Conceptually, vegetative roofs can turn unused roof space into a park-like garden setting with a keen sensitivity to environmental enhancement. Barrett green roofs are designed around inter-dependent components that function as a natural planting habitat, creating new types of public and private spaces while restoring nature’s footprint on the built environment.
With due respect and integration of Feng Shui design principles, a green roof can be endowed with an indefinable quality providing serenity, balance, and harmony in otherwise lost space, all the while making important environmental contributions.
TYPES OF GREEN ROOFS
• Less 6” of growing medium
• Small, hardly plants (sedum)
• 8” to 24” + of Growing Medium
• Larger plants, shrubs, small trees
• Very little growing medium