Greening Your Business: Tips For Starting With The Roof

When you are in charge of running and making decisions for a business, there are many different factors you need to consider on a daily basis as far as company practices and goals. If one of those goals is to become more eco-friendly and sustainable, every decision you make should at least take those goals into consideration. As such, if you are looking to update your commercial roof, with the help of a company like Griffin Bros. Inc., one of the factors to consider in your roofing choices should be how green or sustainable those roofing materials are. Get to know some of the more sustainable roofing options so that you can be sure you make a sustainable and eco-friendly choice for your business.

A Rooftop Garden

One of the ways that you can make your business's roof more green and sustainable is to build a rooftop garden. This can be done if your business has a flat roof that is easily accessible for you and your employees.

To create a rooftop garden, you can keep existing roofing in place or you can replace it or strip off the damaged roofing materials to expose the under layers of the roofing structure. Then, your roofing contractor will lay down a thin protective membrane to prevent water leakage and soil erosion onto the surface of your roof. Onto that protective membrane, soil will be added to certain areas of the roof, leaving room in between for walkways and even for irrigation if you so desire. 

All that is left to do is plant your vegetables, herbs, and even flowers to create your rooftop garden. The garden can be a relaxing break area for employees who are interested and can serve as a community project for your business. The vegetables and herbs you grow can be shared among yourself and your employees to provide them with fresh produce at no cost, and the garden itself will help to insulate your building and offset your business's carbon footprint by producing oxygen and consuming carbon dioxide.

Vegetative Roofing

If the roof of your business has a pitch or is not easy to access on a daily or regular basis, you can still use plants and vegetation to make your business's roof more sustainable. Vegetative roofing works in a way that is similar to a rooftop garden in that it uses a similar protective membrane to hold in moisture and the soil itself.

However, the difference is that vegetative roofing works on pitched or sloped roofs as well as flat roofs and does not require as much maintenance once installed. This type of roofing uses plants that are indigenous to the region in which your business stands so that they are designed to thrive on their own in the climate and environment. Thus, barring a major flood or drought, the plants will not require watering or other assistance once the roof is installed.

Now that you know a few of the sustainable options for your commercial roof, you can make your choice and get to work installing your new roof.