More and more people are becoming aware of their personal responsibility to make a positive contribution to the environment. There are many ways that we can reduce the impact that our own lives have upon the environment by reducing waste, minimising the energy that we use and implementing measures to save water. Many of use have already started to use energy saving practices and appliances, install more effective insulation and reduce emissions inside our homes. However, one area in which important environmentally friendly practices might be implemented is the roof. In this article we look at some of the ways that you can ask your South Devon roofers to make your roof more green
One of the cheapest and most simple ways of making your roof more environmentally friendly is to invest in water butts. If these are used to collect the water that flows from the roof, into its gutters and its down pipes it can be used for washing the car, watering the garden or cleaning outdoor surfaces. This has the dual effect of reducing the amount of water that is used from our strained water resources and reducing our water charges if our water is on a metered supply.
Effectively insulating your home can work to the benefit of the environment in several ways. Firstly, a house that is properly insulated will require less energy to be kept heated. Secondly, a reduction in energy usage lessens the amount of fossil fuel emissions into the atmosphere and, of course, also results in reduced heating costs. The overall impact of having a properly insulted roof will be a more environmentally friendly home.
The use of natural lighting (also known as daylighting) practices is a method of exploiting the introduction of as much natural light as possible to the interior of a house. By providing as much natural light into a home as possible during the day, by locating windows and reflective surfaces on the roof, the maximum amount of healthy, natural light is available and the use of electricity for artificial light (and the costs associated with this) are also reduced, all the benefit of the environment.
Keeping the growth of vegetation on and around the roof will enable air to properly circulate and also minimise the wear and tear suffered by the roof by avoiding the “hot spots” that can be caused by poor air circulation. The longer a roof is able to operate efficiently, the less that will need to be expended on replacement materials.
Keeping a roof properly maintained also has the effect of reducing the expense associated with roof repairs. Prevention is definitely better (and cheaper) than cure. It also results in more effective insulation, air circulation and ventilation, all of which work to thhe benefit of the environment.
We owe it to ourselves, our families and the rest of the inhabitants of the planet to do all we can to reduce the negative impact that our own behaviour has on the environment and implement practices that can make a positive contribution. Using green roofing practices can go a long way towards achieving these goals.