According to some estimates, nearly half of Americans garden every year. If you live in an urban area, you might think that you don't have the space you need to create your own garden. Fortunately, you probably have all the space you need though. Where, you might ask? It's right over your head.
Here's a quick guide to creating an urban rooftop garden:
The type of roof you have will determine what type of rooftop garden you should choose.
If you are considering changing your roofing material from asphalt shingles to ceramic tiles, there are a few important things you'll need to consider about the weight differences between the two types of roofing. A roofing square (10'x10' area) of asphalt shingles weighs 230 pounds. Ceramic tiles can weigh between 580 and 1,100 pounds in the same sized area.
The weight difference can make a huge impact on your home. However, changing from asphalt to ceramic tile is possible but you may need to bolster up a few other areas in your home to accommodate the difference in weight.
When you think about damage to your roof, you most likely think about high winds, rain, mildew and cracking shingles. However, did you know that your trees can be one of the primary sources of damage to your roof? If you aren't careful, your trees can end up greatly damaging your roof. Luckily, there are a few ways you can go about ensuring that your trees won't do that much damage – or any damage at all for that matter – to your roof.
When it comes to alternative energy solutions, solar energy is probably the first thing that comes to your mind. It's relatively inexpensive, with it paying for itself over the course of upwards of less than ten years, and it's incredibly efficient, with it being able to generate as much energy as that of what a power company can generate for you.
There are a few things of note that you should take into consideration before jumping the gun and installing solar panels, however.
Getting a roofing replacement for your home is not limited to the same roof design you had before. While shopping for residential roofing, there are a number of different options. If you're sticking with shingles as the base material, then architectural shingles are an ideal option. These are an upgraded form of the traditional roofing shingles and there are multiple benefits to choosing them for a new roof.
Browse through the following five reasons to see how architectural shingles can improve your home.