Welcome to the the world of Green Roofs! Step right up, step right up…ladies and gentlemen you can now grow plants on your roof. In an ever present world of urban sprawl and concrete, Green Roofs are catching on as a beautiful and beneficial choice for homes and skyscrapers around the globe. I bet your wondering how it works and why you’d want a roof covered in flowers…except for the beauty of course.
Green Roofs are basically a think layer of vegetation and soil on top of waterproof and weedproof insulation layers. At the moment there are two main types of green roofs to choose from, Extensive and Intensive. Extensive green roofs carry about a foot of soil and can support a wide range of plants, while Intensive roofs hold a soil layer of 2-4 inches and support hardier plants that don’t need much maintanance.
So why is this technology so ingenius? Because of the massive list of advantages green roofs offer. From keeping your house insulated, to managing storm water run-off and contamination, to cleaner air, to sound muffling, to improving the longevity of the orginal roof, the list goes on and on and on and on…you get the point. Toyota has even jumped on board by creating Green Roofing Tiles to make the process even easier. Plus you could have gorgeous flowers blooming on your roof every spring! What could be more brilliant?
For more information about Green Roofs and the future of cities everywhere check out: www.greenroofs.com and www.greenroofs.org.
Here’s a hilarious video to spark your imagination: