Green Roofs Amityville NY

A green roof acts like a storm window to reduce energy use, insulating the house from summer heat and winter chill, produces more oxygen than a family uses in a year, and both absorbs and reflects noise. It also collects pollution from the air, as well as capturing, filtering, and slowing water runoff—a great benefit for salmon streams and overburdened storm sewers.

Local Companies

MASSARO LANDSCAPING
631-236-3493
1459 3RD ST.
WEST BABYLON, NY
Able Long Island Landscaping Inc.
516-764-2392
Sunrise Hwy
Bellmore, NY
Dees' Nursery & Florist Inc
(516) 678-3535
69 Atlantic Ave
Oceanside, NY
Able Long Island Landscaping Inc.
516-764-2392
Freeport, NY
STILL GREEN & GROWING
5163335593 EXT 101
98 BOND ST SUITE B
Westbury, NY
Lawn Guys
800-435-5760
49 Jane Road
Hauppauge, NY
Lawn 'N Turf
631.586.1525
261 Suburban Avenue
Deer Park, NY
Complete Lawn Sprinklers
516-221-5074
216 Oak St
Bellmore, NY
Lawns By Leonardo
516-860-4984
Johnson Ave
Elmont, NY
B. Alass Landscaping/Contractor
516 967 8135
P.O Box 702
Glen Cove, NY
Data Provided by:
  

Provided by:

Rooftops around the Northwest are sprouting tufts of grass, forming a greenbelt above our heads. Quite recently, it seems as if green roofs have gone from funky and alternative to upscale and mainstream. The Seattle architecture firm Olson Sundberg recently designed a living roof atop the home and garage of a lakeside estate, as part of a complex geothermal climate control system. And the Northwest Eco-Building Guild green roof tour was greeted with great enthusiasm last spring, when participants climbed up to take a look at planted roofs on homes, offices, studios, and even a chicken coop.

‘The Germans are light years ahead of us,” says Patrick Carey, an architect who heads the Guild's Green Roof Project. In German cities such as Stuttgart and Mannheim, commercial buildings are required to have green roofs. The City of Seattle is taking an active role in encouraging public and residential green roofs, and in Portland, Oregon, developers can build taller if they top out with a living roof. Last June, Portland hosted “Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities,” the second annual international green roof conference, which featured 55 speakers from 10 different countries.

Green roofs consist of a layered sandwich of roof deck, waterproof membrane, and soil filter fabric, topped with several inches of lightweight, pumice-rich soil mix. All you see is the top layer of drought-tolerant hardy plants, often enlivened with vegetables, annuals, and perennials. Even after a rainstorm, a fully saturated green roof weighs no more than one made of tile—about 15 pounds per square foot. Surprisingly, the soil need only be three to four inches deep to gain all the ecological benefits, although deeper soil (built up where supports are strongest) allows for a greater variety of plants.

A residential green roof can be built for $8 to $12 per square foot—about the same price as tile or slate, and about twice as much as metal. Green roofs need to be irrigated and weeded regularly for the first year, but when planted with drought-tolerant fescues, mosses, and sedums, they can get by thereafter on rainfall and a twice-yearly weeding. The dirt and plantings provide a cushion, mitigating the extremes of temperature that cause a roof to wear out, and protecting it from sunlight. A living roof often lasts two to three times longer than a standard one.

And there are manifold ecological benefits. A green roof acts like a storm window to reduce energy use, insulating the house from summer heat and winter chill, produces more oxygen than a family uses in a year, and both absorbs and reflects noise. It also collects pollution from the air, as well as capturing, filtering, and slowing water runoff—a great benefit for salmon streams and overburdened storm sewers.

‘This is the greenest thing you can do in building, other than not building at all,” says Carey. He says that the idea of capping homes with alpine meadows “struck my radical core—this is seriously sustainable and a building element that actually gives back to the environment.” 

Read more from Northwest gardeners

From Horticulture Magazine

Related Articles
- Regular Roof Maintenance and Inspections Amityville NY
All roofs exposed to the harsh climatic conditions are subjected to aging therefore maintenance is required to make them strong and last. Ignoring these small activities that can be done will result in shorter life span. It is good to establish a regular roof maintenance inspection as this will not only help to protect the owner's property but also lead to a long term investment plan on maintenance and capital requirements for buildings.
- Metal Roof Amityville NY
- Hard-working Solar Products Amityville NY
- Colored Marble Tile Flooring Amityville NY
- Cedar Shake Roof Amityville NY
- Torch-Down Roofs Amityville NY
- Environmentally-Friendly Products Amityville NY
- How to Eliminate and Prevent Green Algae in a Swimming Pool Amityville NY
- Green Pieces Amityville NY