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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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3 Main Factors To Take Into Consideration When Choosing Plants For Your Extensive Green Roof

by Kelly Murphy

If you are thinking about turning your roof into a green roof, you need to think carefully about what types of plants you want to put on your extensive green roof. Extensive green roofs are roofs that have shallow growth mediums, which means you need to choose the plants that you put on your roof carefully. Here are the three main factors that you need to think about when choosing plants for your roof.

How Your Plants Will Look

The first thing you need to do is pay attention to how your roof is constructed. Walk around your property and pay attention to how visible your roof is from the street and how visible the top of your roof is for your neighbors. If you can easily see your roof from the street or if your neighbors can easily see the top of your roof, you need to think about how the plants you put on your roof will look. 

There are some plants that will look more attractive when they are dormant than other plants. Be sure that you think about how the plants you choose will look on your roof not only when they are in-season, but when they are out-of-season as well. 

The Depth & Structure Of Your Growing Media

The second thing you need to think about when choosing plants is the depth and structure of your growing media. If you have a shallow growth media, it may dry out more quickly, so the plants you choose needs to be resistant to drought conditions. If you have a shallow growth media, you also need to choose plants that have a short root system. Plants with deep root systems will not thrive on a shallow media. 

The Environments Where You Live

The third thing you need to take into consideration is how your environment will affect the plants that you choose to grow on your roof. You need to take into account the average temperatures that your area experiences in each season, as well as the amount of sunshine, wind and precipitation in your area.

You need to choose plants that will grow throughout the year. You will want to vary the variety of plants species that you put on your roof so that you have growth throughout the year occurring on your roof.

You will need to consult with a residential roofing and gardening specialist in order to choose the right plants for your extensive green roof. Make sure that you take into consideration environmental factors, the set-up of your roof as well as aesthetics when choosing plants for your roof.   

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