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Despite its relatively low tech appearance, modern living or vegetative roofs are advanced feats of engineering that ensure that natural beauty while providing protection equal or superior to any other type of roofing design. A living roof many be an ideal option for any low or gently sloping roof, and they are often part of a green or ecologically friendly building design. Morris County roofers familiar with living roofs can help a building owner decide if a living roof is right for their structure and budget.

A living roof is made of a complex system of layers that support the vegetation on top and protect the structure below. The common design has a top layer of soil or growing media followed by a filter fabric and drainage panel for proper water drainage. The next layers are insulation and a root barrier to prevent the vegetation from growing too far into the roof. This is followed by a capillary break. Below that is a final waterproofing membrane, such as rubber, and the substrate or roof deck. The exact materials used for the layers vary depending on the installer and the design.

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A special property of living roofs studied in urban environments is the reduction of the heat island effect. The natural condensation and evaporation that occurs with living roofs releases heat from the building, providing natural cooling. The plants also absorb sunlight that would otherwise be converted into heat.

There are many advantages to installing a living roof. The roof is highly insulating and extremely resistant to weather and water intrusion when properly installed. It presents a unique aesthetic quality achievable with no other roof type. Since the roof absorbs a great deal of water, it can prevent flooding or overflow problems common with many other types of roofs.

Despite the many benefits, care should be taken before installing a living roof. Living roofs do come with their own list of maintenance requirements and cannot be ignored. True to its name, a living roof must be kept alive during dry summer months. This could mean additional costs for water to irrigate the roof. A living roof is also costly to install, and there is often little financial incentive to install a living roof instead of another type of roof unless some outside incentive, such as a tax break, is offered. Some cities may offer incentives, and a local contractor will be familiar with any such offerings.

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