Reasons to Consider Rooftop Gardens

Reasons to Consider Rooftop Gardens
  • Opening Intro -

    Rooftop gardens, also called green roofs, are beneficial for the environment and for improving your property.

    They have been growing in popularity in urban areas and cities for years.

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The gardens help to beautify an otherwise concrete slab that are typically seen on buildings from above. This addition can help to draw attention and raise the appeal of your property.

Heating and Cooling

Creating a “living roof” on your home is valuable home improvement in consideration to heating and cooling costs. In the winter time, the additional insulation helps to retain heat within the home. In the summer, the moist soil aids in cooling the roof that would have otherwise been covered in heat attracting black tar.

Noise Buffer

The greened surface of your roof provides added benefits to those that live in large cities where crowds and sirens are frequent. The materials reduce the amount of noise pollution occurring around your home or rental property. The plants and soil act as sound proofing, which can be highly beneficial when living in the city.

Appealing to Renters

By improving your home by adding rooftop gardens you will entice the largest renting demographic; transient young adults. Young adults move more often than any other demographic and are drawn to innovative and eco-friendly homes. If you are considering renting out your home making futuristic improvements, such as a rooftop garden, are an excellent addition.

sample rooftop gardens – pinterest

Planning

The angle of your roof may play a part in planning out the design of your home’s rooftop garden. Most roofs that are at a 30 degrees or less slant is well suited for a garden, with the most ideal roof having a five degree slant to assist in drainage of water.

Before adding a rooftop garden, make sure that your roof is properly supported. A very simply designed garden can weigh between 13 to 30 pounds per square foot. This is before you add the weight of the gardener and their tools or excess weight after rain or snow storms. If weight proposes an issue, consider using pots and containers throughout your garden rather than covering the entire surface with sod or soil.

Also, if replacing your roofing anytime in the near future is on your radar, you may want to avoid covering the entire area with the added weight. It will make it more difficult to gain access to the roofing material if and when you decide it is time to move from tiles to shingles.  

Inner-city Rooftop Garden:

Greener Roofing

If you are looking to make your green roof a little greener, consider installing solar panels to generate electricity while providing shade to some of your shade loving plants in your garden. You can also reduce the amount of food waste leaving your tenant’s building or your own home by creating a compost bin to add to your garden’s soil. As a homeowner, you can feel great about making a home improvement that is also beneficial for the environment.

I would close this piece with why you want a rooftop garden, not the reasons you might not. So the reasons you might not are totally relevant! But I’d leave the reader with a parting thought/thoughts as to why they want one.

Home Remodeling reference:

AMAZONS BESTSELLERS: trellis

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W.M. Chandler

W.M. Chandler is a Colorado native and works best with her head in the clouds. She is an avid researcher and enjoys writing about unfamiliar subjects. She writes passionately about nature and the outdoors, human connections and relationships, nutrition and politics.