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Eco-Friendly Green Roofing Solutions

The best vegetative roofing repair and installation in southeast WisconsinGreen roof systems in Milwaukee

Green roofing is a 21st-century take on the sod-covered roofs used in Scandinavian home construction in the 1700s. Today, green roofing encompasses everything from rooftop container gardens to an entire roof surface covered in vegetation. Green roofs can also be roofs with energy-saving technologies like solar panels and reflective materials.

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Green roofing benefits

A true “green roof” is a living, growing carpet of vegetation. These roofs are built with a layer of dirt over a waterproof membrane. The vegetation is usually drought-resistant grass, wildflowers, or landscaping plants. Irrigation systems are often incorporated into the installation. Besides adding visual appeal, a green roof can significantly decrease energy costs and reduce stormwater runoff.

Subsidies for green roofing systems in WI

In addition to earning LEED credits for Storm Water Design and Heat Island Effect, there are also financial incentives for green roofing. In Milwaukee, for instance, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) offers a $5 per square foot subsidy for green roofing. Reflective heat-reducing roofs using Energy Star approved materials (not vegetation) are also eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,500 (on the cost of materials).

Green roofing types

There are three main types of green roofing to choose from: extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive. Each type has its strengths and weaknesses, and not all types of green roofing can be installed on any roof. Green roofing has exploded in popularity over the last decade or so. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (a Toronto-based organization) estimates a 15% increase in green roofs in North America since 2013, and that number is only likely to grow. Alois Roofing is proud to help commercial businesses and residences throughout southeast Wisconsin join the green roofing revolution.

Extensive Green Roofing

Extensive Green Roofing in Milwaukee

• Underlying Load-Bearing Materials: Concrete or Wood

• Plant Options: Mosses, perennials & sedums

• Plant Growth Depth: 1.5 to 6 inches

• Weight: 15 - 37 lb/sq.ft.

Semi-Intensive Green Roofing

Semi-Intensive Green Roofing in Milwaukee

• Underlying Load-Bearing Materials: Concrete Only

• Plant Options: Grasses, perennials & small shrubs

• Plant Growth Depth: 4.75 to 12 inches

• Weight: 40 to 102 lb/sq.ft.

Intensive Green Roofing

Intensive Green Roofing in Milwaukee

• Underlying Load-Bearing Materials: Concrete Only

• Plant Options: Grasses, trees & small shrubs

• Plant Growth Depth: 12 or more inches

• Weight: 100 to 410 lb/sq.ft.

• Maximum pitch of 5%

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Green roofing?

Green roofs are vegetation that is planted on top of a flat roof containing waterproofing layers, root repelling layers and a growing medium composed of mineral aggregates as dirt becomes too heavy.

Are Green roofs worth it?

There are many benefits to installing a Green roof like increasing lifespan of the roof, higher thermal performance and helping the environment.

Are Green roofs expensive?

Depending on the type of Green roof being installed Extensive Green roofs can cost $10-$20/sqft on average, whereas Intensive Green roofs can cost anywhere from $20-$40/sqft.

Are Green roofs sustainable?

Green roofs are highly sustainable. During the summers a Green roof will reflect heat produced by the sun and trap heat during the winters, decreasing the costs of heating and cooling buildings.

How long does a green roof last?

Depending on the level of maintenance needed and the attention given to this maintenance, a green roof can easily last 30 to 50 years or more. There are sod roof buildings in Europe that have endured for centuries.

Characteristics of green roof systemsGreen Roof Construction Wisconsin

  • Lower heating and cooling costs
  • Helps control stormwater runoff
  • Vegetation protects roofing material underneath
  • Can be used for recreational space or gardening
  • Reduces carbon dioxide in urban environments
  • Higher installation cost
  • Requires regular maintenance, including replanting
  • Requires adequate structural support 

Alois Roofing is WI's preferred green roofing installer

At Alois Roofing, we believe in providing top-notch roofing services that not only protect your home or business but also contribute to a healthier environment. As southeast Wisconsin's leading green roofing specialist, we offer the best in green roofing installations, utilizing the latest in eco-friendly materials and techniques. Our certified and experienced technicians are passionate about delivering results that meet your needs and exceed your expectations, ensuring that your green roof lasts for many years to come. Whether you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, or simply enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property, Alois Roofing is your best choice for quality, durability, and affordability. So why wait? Get in touch with us today and discover the many benefits of a green roof!

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