Although green roofs or sod roofs have been around in northern Scandinavia for centuries and are more common in some parts of Europe, including Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Sweden, and Greece, its popularity is now steadily increasing in the United States.
A roof garden refers to any garden on top of a building or a residential structure. A well designed garden roofing system usually combines the waterproofing power of a thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membrane with the beauty of a hearty vegetation decor for a durable and green roofing system.
Besides helping you save energy and money in energy consumption (due to the lush greenery that creates a superb temperature control and natural insulation by virtually absorbing the heat), a garden roof, if combined with a GAF PlazaDeck system, can also help create an energy-saving system and an outdoor functional area, such as a patio or a deck, at minimal cost. Furthermore, a garden roof also comes with other benefits, such as tax incentives, land optimization and hassle free installation.
With regard to tax incentives, “green” tax benefits, (this includes garden-style roofing which, by the way, can be quickly and easily installed) are enacted by the federal, state and local governments.
But while there is a long list of of the benefits of garden roofs, there are also hassles and pitfalls associated with it. These hassles are caused by: complicated and ineffective designs, which can result to difficulty in installation poor performance or even system failure.
Multiple unaffiliated contractors, which will only result to longer installation time as well as longer interruptions; and,
Multiple guarantee sources, which makes it rather hard than easy to know who you should go to if you detect a problem on your garden roofing system.
To be able to provide customers all their roofing needs and services, some firms, like the Ft. Lauderdale roofers at Best Roofing, affiliate with large and highly-respected roofing manufacturers in the U.S. This will not only help ensure faster roofing installation, but installation only of the most exacting standards in materials combined with the roofing firm’s high standard of workmanship.