Green Roof Components

Green Roof Components

Roofing Material Choices

There Are Many, Many Green Roofing Choices

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  1. Krysta S. Doerfler/Fine Homebuilding #185
  2. Daniel S. Morrison/Fine Homebuilding #177
  3. Roe A. Osborn/Fine Homebuilding #134
  4. Charles Miller/Fine Homebuilding #179
  5. Dan Morrison/Fine Homebuilding #185
  6. Courtesy of Tile Roofing Institute/Fine Homebuilding #185
  7. John Mahan/Fine Homebuilding #185
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Roof Gutters

Choosing Rain Gutters: Wood, Metal, or Plastic?

UPDATED 12/27/2011

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  3. Charles Bickford/Fine Homebuilding #187
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Design a green or living roof system

A green or living roof is a low-slope roof planted with vegetation.
These carefully designed and built roofs usually consist of a structural roof deck layered with waterproofing, aggregate, lightweight soil, and vegetation. Sod, moss, or local wildflowers are favorites. Regular maintenance is needed to keep plants healthy.

Green (vegetated) roofs absorb rainfall during storms and release the water slowly. This reduces storm-water surges and downstream flooding. Water management for a green roofRoof system in which living plants are maintained in a growing medium using a membrane and drainage system. Green roofs can reduce storm-water runoff, moderate temperatures in and around the building (by providing insulation and reducing heat island effect), as well as provide a habitat for wildlife and recreational space for humans. When properly constructed, green roofs can increase roof durability because the roof assembly’s air and water barriers are buffered from temperature fluctuations and UV exposure. requires the same attention to detail as any other low-slope roof.

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