Vegetative Green Roofs

Vegetative Green Roofs not only add to the aesthetics of the building, they also provide numerous benefits for building owners and the environment. From extending roof life to reducing the “heat island effect,” green roofs have proven to be a sustainable enhancement for any rooftop. Though Green Roofs are relatively new in the United States, they have proven their value for several centuries in many European counties.

Why Green Roofs Make Sense for Building Owners

Vegetative Green Roofs enhance the energy performance of a building through its inherent insulation characteristics. In addition, Vegetative Green Roof Systems have shown to extend the lifespan of a roof membrane by minimizing the effects of extreme temperatures and UV exposure. Buildings with vegetative green roofs also have a higher property value vs. buildings with traditional roof systems. Green Roofs also qualify for LEED credits and can help a building owner qualify for various tax incentives, by having a dedicated green space on their roof.

Why Green Roofs Make Sense for the Environment

Green Roofs have a positive impact on the environment and society. By reducing the radiant temperature of a roof surface, Vegetative Green Roofs can decrease the “urban heat island effect”, reducing the ambient air temperature in cities.

Additionally, the water absorption characteristics of Green Roofs can decrease, or eliminate, stormwater runoff from a building. This protects rivers and streams from pollutants.

Ensuring Watertight Integrity

Burns & Scalo is able to design a Vegetative Green Roof Assembly that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but will protect your building for many years. To maximize protection, our skilled Roofing Specialists are able to install a vector based leak detection system to identigy leaks, if they were to occur.

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22 Rutgers Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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