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As many individuals are looking for ways to transform their roofs into environmentally friendly ones, there might be some confusion about the difference between some types of green roofing options and a true green roof, which is also called a "living roof." There are many products available in today's market that are made from recyclable materials, which is an attractive feature because it helps to prevent used roofing shingles from ending up in the landfills. Almost any roofing material can be converted into a "cool roof," which helps to reduce energy consumption. "Cool roofs" are those that deflect UV rays away from the surface of the roof and back into the atmosphere. Solar panels and shingles also provide an effective means for homeowners to use their roofs as a platform for creating renewable energy, which can help to lower electricity bills.

While any of these options are considered viable green roof solutions, Austin roofing professionals understand that there is a world of difference between these roofing systems and a true living roof.

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Living roofs are most frequently installed on commercial buildings, but, as homeowners have become more interested in them because of the many benefits they feature, more and more living roofs are being installed on residential properties. Living roofs consist of vegetative plant life that covers the entire surface of the roof, and the installation process can be extremely complex.

Living roofs feature a protective membrane that keeps the roof waterproof, and the soil and plants add enhanced insulation for the building. Living roofs produce far less runoff than other types of traditional roofs because the soil traps rainfall and stores it for the plants to drink. Living roofs also help to combat the greenhouse gas effect, which is one of the primary reasons many urban metropolitan cities choose to install them whenever possible. Since living roofs primarily consist of living vegetation, they help to absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, which also helps to combat global warming.

Living roofs might not be for everyone. However, it's still easy for homeowners to find a variety of ways to contribute to the environment. Homeowners can significantly reduce their energy costs by installing light colored roofing shingles and to ensure that their old roofing materials are recycled after use. Homeowners can also have their roofing contractors install radiant heat barriers to enhance energy consumption, and they can regularly monitor for leaks, which can help to ensure the roof remains in top notch condition.

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