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Is Solar Roofing Right for Your Home?

Your roof is a simple, yet valuable investment for your home, as any reputable roofing company will tell you. The roof’s sole purpose is to keep your home safe from the wind, water, and the sun. What if the sun could be converted into a natural resource for your home? That is the purpose of solar roof panel shingles: to turn this sustainable resource into energy. But how do you know if such an investment is right for you?

1. You are a permanent resident in your home and plan to live there for many more years.

Solar shingles are a large investment. Homeowners who intend to live in their home for many years to come will often find that the purchase of solar shingles will benefit them in the long run.

2. It meets your HOA restrictions

Depending on where you live, your home might fall under the purview of a homeowners association. If this is the case, you might want to check with the organization to make sure that solar shingles will not violate any restrictions or rules. Some gated communities may not allow solar panels of any kind. Other HOAs may have restrictions about the types of shingles you may use. Be sure to check with your local association if you have one when working with your roofing company.

3. Your home is in direct sunlight

While the idea of solar shingles as part of your roof’s single system may appeal to you, they would serve no purpose if your home is in the constant shade or only gets sunlight for two or three hours per day. If your home has high exposure to the sun’s rays from the south, it might be a prime candidate for solar shingles on your roof.

If you own a home and want to tap into this precious natural resource, look into solar shingles . These are a smooth and aesthetically pleasing alternative to regular, large solar panels. If you have questions or want to try solar shingles, Beneficial Roofing is the premier roofing company in Cumberland to offer the service.

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What Is A Living Roof?

A living roof, or sometimes called a green roof, is a roof covered by a waterproofing membrane and then covered partially or completely by vegetation and growing mediums that retain water and transfer it back into the atmosphere through natural means. Installing green roofs conserve a notable amount of energy, but have additional benefits such as beautifying a building and increasing it’s value and improving the air quality around it, among other things.

Benefits

Commercial building owners as well as homeowners can benefit from installing a green roof. Aside from being a green concept that keeps other roofing materials out of landfills and has its own recycled products, the green roof can save you money on your energy bill. Roofs are the main culprit for retaining unwanted heat in the summer and letting wanted heat escape in the winter. With a green roof, you can expect a significant drop in your air conditioning needs (up to 75%) and heating as well. This is because the plants absorb the heat. Rain and storm water is also absorbed by the substrate, then sucked up by plants that need it, and evaporated back into the atmosphere. This reduces the risk of water damage, and slows the run off process and purifies the water naturally on the way down. Having a green roof also improves the air quality and reduces electromagnetic radiation tremendously (some studies report up to 99.4%). The plant matter acts as a natural fire retardant and can save a home significant damage if this unfortunate event occurs. The attraction of the green roof for commercial buildings is on the rise, due to city planning trends and goals. The industry could expect a lot more jobs made to meet the demand of people wanting these energy efficient and meaningful statement roofs.

Types

A living roof or green roof goes by even more names. You might hear it being called a roof garden or a garden roof as well. Like the tiny house movement, there are endless possibilities for design. Roofs can be designed with aesthetics heavily in mind, or made of plants chosen for different purposes. Some look covered in strictly grass, others spotted with flowers, some even have small trees. Some look tightly groomed and others, wild. In some cultures this clever roofing is as old as the 19th century. Sod roofs were the most common roof type in Scandinavia at the time. They were made of loose roof boards covered in layer upon layer of birch bark and sod as the final layer. Green roofs today might employ additional modern technologies to care for the roof such as drainage and irrigation systems.

Additional Information

Unlike a traditional roof, the green roof when properly cared for, can last you 35-50 years or more. If you’re interested in green roofing, you should know that in most cases you will need a permit to make one. Some people require the guidance of a landscape architect or architect and a pre-evaluation to determine whether your roof is strong enough to support a living system. You’ll be happy to know that you can start small. Many people try it first using a small building such as a garage or shed. If you try it out and decide it’s not for you, you’ll still have a beautiful sight to see on your property.