More and more people are turning their roofs into green environments. In cities and small towns alike, people are taking advantage of the numerous benefits green roofs have to offer, like energy savings, environmental benefits, and aesthetic advantages. If you have a flat roof that you are considering turning into a green oasis, Bronco Roofing & Construction shares four green roof ideas that truly inspire and benefit the people that own them.
Do you enjoy gardening? Why let the space on your roof go to waste? The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburg converted the roof into a sustainable garden, which is used by the center’s restaurant. The restaurant can now use the garden as a selling point to attract curious diners. Allowing the center’s business to utilize the roof in a way the benefits them is just the creative kind of solution a property owner can make when looking for ways to make their property more appealing.
Exercise or Meeting Space
Turn your roof into a calm place to rest, take a break, or get away. Studies show that employees are more productive when they move throughout the day. As a testament to that, Facebook’s headquarters has a nine-acre garden for employees to utilize. Your rooftop oasis doesn’t need to be that big to benefit your workers. A nice calming area with shade, plants, and benches will do just fine.
Storm Water Solution
Create a protective ecosystem that can prevent water damage from storms. Flooding damaged the Cedar Rapids library. When the roof was replaced, it was swapped with a vegetative roof designed to absorb tons of rainwater. The plants get water, and the roof stays protected from damage—a win-win on all accounts.
Conserve Water and Money
When looking to cut costs from your property, look no further than a green roof. Katy Medical Plaza designed a green roof that retained up to 73% of the rain it received and used it for the facility. The water was conserved and used later for things like watering the lawns and flushing its toilets. The medical plaza was able to cut its costs and save big time effectively.