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What Is a Green Roof?

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We know roofs! From roof shingles, metal roofing, roof repair, commercial, and residential… you name it! But there is one roofing trend that hasgained recent attention and popularity in the US: green roofs. These roofing systems are not only green, but living too!

What Exactly is a Green Roof?

Along with environmentally friendly materials, an eco-roof involves growing plants on rooftops, such as a roof garden, in effort to restore the natural footprint that was previously removed during construction. While generally limited to flat rooftops, a green roof can be used on both commercial and residential rooftops. Commercial structures are often park-like for public recreation. One of the most famous American green rooftops is Chicago’s City Hall, which has launched an eco-movement of the urbanized concrete jungle.

Benefits of a Green Roof:

  • Increase the lifespan of your roof
  • Reduce energy costs with natural insulation
  • Avoid the need for complex drainage systems due to absorbed storm water
  • Mitigate water runoff and sewer overflows
  • Produce oxygen and provide shade
  • Recreational area for people and animals
  • Improves air quality and helps to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, a condition in which metropolitan areas emit, absorb, and trap heat due to excess energy consumption.
  • Promote environmentalism while solving the problems of conventional roofs
  • Reduce energy consumption that contributes to global warming

 

Depending on region, climate, and irrigation, a variety of shrubs, grass, and vegetation can be planted to add life to an unwelcoming rooftop. These green roof systems not only make this space more efficient, but also beautiful and useful. But just like any roof, the layers of a green roof must properly accommodate for drainage to protect the structure using advanced waterproofing materials. One such material, Thermoplastic Polyolefin TPO, has membranes that are resistant to high winds and hail damage, which improve long-term durability and weatherability.

Your Roofing Chattanooga Contractors

Our Residential and Commercial Roofing Chattanooga contractors offer advanced roofing solutions to problems that clients may have. TRC provides a quick response and cost effective pricing for repair and maintenance activities for our commercial, hospitality and industrial customers.

Tennessee Roofing & Construction provides roofing services in and around the Tennessee communities of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Dayton, Dunlap, Knoxville, South Pittsburg and Kimball. We also service Dalton and Trenton Georgia, and Bridgeport Alabama. Call us at (423) 842-8826 or contact us online for a free roofing and drainage consultation today!

Myths & Facts of Fall Protection

Commercial saftey railing ChattanoogaDid you know that falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities? Using compliant solutions, such as guardrails and barricades, Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga can help you comply with OSHA and ANSI Fall Protection requirements for a safer workplace. Our safety systems are intended to prevent injury from unprotected sides or edges along ramps, walkways, platforms, fixed stairs, or roof edges.

Don’t fall for these four common myths and misconceptions below about commercial fall protection, call Tennessee Roofing & Construction today!

Myth: The Six-Foot Rule provides adequate fall protection safety.

FACT: The 6-foot rule is the idea that no fall protection is required, if work is performed at least 6 feet from a leading edge. This is a myth, according to both OSHA standards.

“OSHA has determined that there is no safe distance from an unprotected side or leading edge that would render fall protection unnecessary.”

Myth: We don’t get on the roof very often.
“I don’t need any fall protection; it’s only going to take me a minute to install.”

FACT: No matter 60 seconds or 60 minutes, OSHA compliant fall protection must be provided when employees are performing construction work on a walking/working surface with an unprotected side or edge that is six feet or more above a lower level.

Myth: We do not perform maintenance on the roof.

FACT: Not only is this a myth, it is also poor rooftop etiquette. Roofs often require regular maintenance and repair, as they may contain gas lines, HVAC, electrical, piping, and ventilation, not to mention the annual upkeep on roofing and drainage. Each of these activities are potential sources of fall hazard.

Myth: Fall Protection Is Too Expensive.

FACT: After tallying up the legal expenses, any medical expenses associated with a fall, and of course OSHA fines, the cost of installing your commercial fall protection system is far less expensive. See for yourself with OSHA’s Safety Pays Estimator.

Spring Cleaning Your Roof

chattanooga commercial roofingSpring is the best time to take advantage of routine maintenance for your roof.

There are very few rites of the season more satisfying than spring cleaning. If you’re breaking out the dust mop and inspecting all the nooks and crannies, don’t forget about your outdoor space, specifically your residential or commercial roof. Not only do annual routine cleanings and roof inspections benefit cosmetic appearance and curb appeal, they also prevent roof damage to help extend the longevity of your shingles.

The most obvious signs for roof repair to be on the lookout for include:

  • Bulging, buckling, blistered, or missing roof materials
  • Leaks or improper draining of gutter systems
  • Broken seals and missing caulk around chimneys, skylights, or attic vents

Spring cleaning your roof checklist

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist (printable)

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist

Contact Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga, Tn today to schedule your spring cleaning roof inspection and maintenance!