Solar panels versus green roofing
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Last Edited: 24/Jun/2016

Here at Woodstock Roofing, we offer two roofing options specifically aimed at customers who wish to reduce their environmental impact. Those options are roof-mounted solar panels and green roofing. Putting solar panels on your roof is a fantastic way to provide energy for your home and decrease your dependence on fossil fuels. Meanwhile, green roofing is a great way to use plant life to insulate your home (thereby reducing your heating bill) while also providing a space for nature. The plants used in green roofing also remove CO2 from the atmosphere and therefore help to reduce your carbon footprint. But which roofing solution is right for you? Should you opt for solar panels or green roofing?

Of course, solar panels work best in sunnier areas; they are best suited to southern parts of the country with warmer average temperatures. It’s also important to note that they work best on slanted roofs. The panels trap the energy from sunlight best when they are positioned at an angle of roughly 45 degrees. So we can thoroughly recommend solar panels to anyone living in a warmer area whose home has a slanted roof. However, they may not be worth the investment if you don’t get a lot of sunlight or if your roof isn’t angled correctly.

In contrast, green roofing is ideal for flat roofs. While it can be applied to either slanted or flat roofs, adding green roofing to a strong flat roof can turn it into a garden and a place to enjoy nature. Green roofing can also be applied in almost any climate without serious risk of detriment to its plant life. Provided you’ve got a flat roof, we can definitely recommend green roofing.

Naturally, personal preference should also play a part in whether you choose solar panels or green roofing. In fact, if you have home conditions that would support solar panels and green roofing equally well, personal preference may be the only factor you have to take into consideration. Would you rather generate energy for your home’s interior or give its exterior a pleasant, natural aesthetic?

As experienced roofing contractors, we at Woodstock Roofing take pride in providing high-quality roofing solutions that match your needs precisely. If you still need help deciding which solution to opt for, feel free to contact us and find out more!