As a teen I used to work for my dad in the summer months; he was a roofing contractor back in the sixties. My dad was a consultant and a member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Northern Colorado Roofer. Needless to say, I did not become a roofing contractor, but I do understand what goes into a residential roofing plan.
In late October of 2008, my family and I lost our home to the Santa Ana wind-driven wildfire that threatened the Getty Center. Our new house had a shake wood roof just like our old house did, so the first thing we decided to do was to replace it with fire resistant roofing materials.
There are quite a few types of residential roofing materials that provide fire protection; we decided to do the major component of the house with a new type of metal roof system that also meets Energy Star compliance. Our current home is an architectural beauty; there is a part of the home that has a flat roof top patio that looks out over downtown Los Angeles.
After doing a bit of research I found out about green roofs and how architects and roofing contractors are using new environmentally pleasing technologies to develop fantastic self-contained garden spaces atop commercial buildings. I wished to utilize that advanced technology in my residential roofing application.
To do green roofs on flat roof buildings there are various structural issues that need to be considered. The roofing contractor I ended up getting to do the work had previously completed a few green roofs on some residential roofing jobs back in the summer of 2008. I was lucky enough to have bought a house that was designed by an architect that used commercial grade materials for the home’s residential roofing structure.
The biggest change that had to be made to the roof was a roof coating that was sprayed onto the commercial waterproofing that was on the roof from the time it was built in the nineties. There is not much difference to using a roof coating on a residential roofing project than there is when using one on a commercial application.
My new residence is now totally remodeled and we have just moved in. The entire pitched area of the roof has a fire resistant metal roof that was made with an Energy Star compliant roof coating that directs the Southern California suns heat away from the interior and the flat section of the home has a roof top garden area that looks out over downtown. What really makes me thrilled about using environmentally appealing techniques on my remodel project is the fact that we saved a lot on our taxes.
With the federal government supplying tax payers a credit for using Energy Star compliant materials and with the money we are going to save on utility costs, I think more people should use more environmentally helpful materials on their residential roofing applications. If you think that it is time to replace your roof, I propose you consider looking into using the advanced technologies that provide not only fire protection but that also help cut energy costs.