John F. Shea Professional Roofing Contractor

Should You Install a Green Roof?

Resources // Renovation // May 31, 2021
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Your company may already implement several strategies to help the environment. However, if you are wondering if there is more you can do, consider installing a green roof. At John F. Shea, we know that people usually have questions about these roofs and how they will benefit the environment.

What Is a Green Roof?

A green roof is a structure that goes over your existing roof. It usually consists of filter cloth, layers for drainage, and several plants to make a self-containing garden on top of your roof.  This garden may be one structure, or it may be modular so that we can install it piece by piece.

At John F. Shea, we can design a green roof that fits the slope and height of your current roof, and select plants that will survive in the climate of the Boston area. We can also make sure that this roof will be easy to maintain.

How Does a Green Roof Help the Environment?

Installing a green roof has several benefits. It can help filter the air around your building by removing pollutants and gases. Additionally, it can make your building more energy-efficient. Green roofs can provide insulation, so you need less energy to cool your building in the summer and heat it in the winter. They can also help to soundproof your building.

Additionally, these structures help protect your building from water damage. When it rains, the drainage layers absorb the water, and the plants soak up this moisture. Green roofs can absorb up to 90% of the rain that falls, depending on the season. This reduces the amount of water that runs off onto the rest of your building.

If you are ready to take the next steps for a sustainable future, the experts at John F. Shea are here to help. Call 617-648-5757 or email us today to learn more about how we can help you design and construct a green roof.