At Hermes Landscaping, we specialize in a number of commercial landscaping services, from landscape design and installation, retaining walls, hardscaping and lighting to irrigation design and installation, rain gardens, streetscaping, and much more. One of the most interesting services we provide is the installation of green roofs! Green, or “living” roofs have been around for centuries, and have many environmental benefits. In fact, the practice dates back all the way to the Vikings. But what exactly is a green roof?
Basically, a green roof is the roof of a building that is covered with a waterproof layer, a growing medium, and vegetation. Today’s green roofs have come a long way from the sod roofs of the Vikings, but many of the benefits are the same, making this practice a hit in the environmentally-friendly design movement. Take a look at some of the benefits of these unique roofs (information via Hydrotech USA).
- Creates urban habitat for wildlife, birds, and insects.
- Vegetation filters smog and soil traps contaminants from the air and rain.
- Drastically reduces storm water runoff, lightening the load on the storm drain system.
- Reduces cooling and heating costs by providing effective insulation.
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