Living proof

Vegetative roof systems can help you gain environmentally conscious customers


Editor's note: The opinions in this article are those of the author and not NRCA.

As land continues to be lost to construction and new structures are built to accommodate population and urbanization growth, it is critical to create new "green" spaces for the quality of the environment. One method you can recommend to your customers is to replace their traditional roof systems with vegetative roof systems.

A vegetative roof system, also known as a garden roof or green roof, is a layered roof system that grows practically maintenance-free plants on a flat or slightly sloped waterproofed substructure. These roof systems provide environmental, construction, corporate and social benefits while improving your bottom line.

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