If you’ve been researching online for a roofing contractor, you may have run across the term “green roof” a few times. While there are different types of roofs available to improve your eco-friendly green living efforts, a green roof is one that actually has plants living on it. For some, they have a functional vegetable garden.

In cities around the U.S. and Canada, as well as other countries around the world, rooftop farming is becoming more and more popular. Whether the gardens are grown by individuals or tended by an entire community, people are reaping the benefits of growing their own tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, and other produce. Not only is the food free of many of the chemicals found in grocery-store produce, it’s also delicious and convenient.

Other Advantages of Roof Farms

  • If more rooftop gardens were built in any given urban environment, it would eventually result in a decrease of the urban heat island effect. That would, ultimately, contribute to a lower daytime temperature which, in turn, would save energy and cooling costs.
  • The increased number of plants in a city with numerous rooftop gardens would help to combat CO2 emissions from vehicles, thus improving air quality.
  • Studies have shown that the value of the food being produced outweighs the costs involved in growing the food, so it’s a money-saving proposition as well.

There’s one added benefit to rooftop gardening that is hard to quantify but true nonetheless, and that is the exercise, fresh air and sense of well being that experienced gardeners reap from their favorite hobby. All things considered, it’s no wonder rooftop gardens are springing up in so many cities. If you have a commercial building with a flat roof surface, ask your roofer what your options are to cultivate your own rooftop farm.

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