A green roof is a roof that is covered with vegetation. Very popular in Europe, they are an excellent and economic way to reduce energy costs, insulate during the winter, and cool during the summer. Aside from receiving special tax benefits, green roofs can save the home-owner a ton of money throughout their lifetimes, sometimes up to 50% of what they would otherwise spend on energy and insulation.
Green roofs also absorb solar radiation and carbon dioxide, making them a safer environment for the property's inhabitants, and also increasing its market value. The following steps refer to do it yourself green roof installation.
In this DIY guide we'll go over all the basics of how to build a flat roof. From the materials to the actual installation, we'll provide an extensive step by step guide. We'll focus mainly on the EPDM flat roofing system.