So yeah, green roofs are cool.

But … why are they so cool?

Is it simply that can they turn a boring tenth-story patio into an urban oasis? Is it merely the greater number of geese/squirrels/dragonflies/pollinators? Is it just the eye-soothing and cholesterol-reducing effect of greenery on the body?

Okay, so no studies have proven that green roofs reduce cholesterol. But that doesn’t mean they won’t someday. Just saying.

Plus, at Ecogardens, green roofs are so much more than that.

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Untold Opportunities

The first and most important service green roofs provide is a first line of defense against stormwater.

Each rainstorm deposits billions of gallons on a city the size of Chicago, Columbus or St. Louis. The sweet little sedums, native grasses, wildflowers and growing media that line our green roofs, both intensive and extensive, snatch that water out of the air and show it who’s boss.

Plus, they create a heck of a lot more green space than exists on the ground in a typical city.

Green roofs exponentially expands the area available for habitat formation, so we can open our arms to the birds, butterflies, bees and Bambis that make living in this world so awesome.

Fine, so we haven’t seen any deer on our green roofs. Yet.

It was still a cool alliteration.

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A Wealth of Other Benefits

Oh, you thought that was it? Oh-ho, no. Green roofs are basically magical, they offer so many perks.

For instance, they can make a substantial dent in the urban heat island effect. They can extend the lifespan of a building’s roof by two or even three times, reduce energy consumption on the level below, and soothe the humans who get to view them every day.

Be honest: Couldn’t you use more soothing? Couldn’t your company benefit from a bottom-line reduction in roof maintenance? Wouldn’t you just love a bit more green in your world?

Whether you’re a company hoping to improve a building or an office park, or a single individual looking to do a bit of service to city and squirrels, green roofs are the perfect contribution.

So … why green roofs?

Because they rule. Isn’t that enough?

If you’re looking for a more interactive space, we can help.

We pride ourselves on the beauty and versatility of our rooftop gardens, cozy nooks where you can kick back to enjoy a friend’s company or a full-on family reunion.

With a variety of plants, growing media and containers, we can transform your urban space into a true oasis. Extend your living area, give birds and bees a place to roost, and enjoy the relaxing effects of plant life right outside your living room window.

Or on your office building rooftop.

Or next to your hospital’s pediatrics wing.

Or … anywhere else you want to fold Nature into the city, and watch her bloom.

We’re here to help you do it, one roof of green at a time.

We’re here to find the best dang green roof option. Period.

With every project we take on, we ask ourselves: What could be more efficient? More effective? How can we make it lighter? Is a sedum really the plant for the job? What could make this more hospitable to wildlife?

Is this roof really and truly green, as in, environmentally friendly? Or does it just look green? Have we reduced its footprint as much as possible? How can we save more water, reduce more energy, make it even greener?

That’s right: We’re shooting for the greenest.

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Call Us Competitive

We select and test components to respond not only to weight constraints, but also to drainage and retention of water. We also ask:

Do we have the right products for the right situation? Is a sedum really the right plant for the job? What other plants can we use alongside it, or instead of it? Will the roof be able to drain effectively? What do you, the client, consider beautiful?

These are the questions we strive to answer every day.

Want to answer some of them together?

 Blue roofs are another tool in the box, with one caveat:

They need an update.

If you’re hearing a buzz about blue roofs today, there’s a good reason for that. They’re a great way to detain stormwater and reduce the impact of peak runoff after large rain events.

However, blue roofs might not be as effective as you think. While they do help to slow stormwater, they don’t actually treat or purify it in any way.

In most respects, you have the same problem you did before: dirty stormwater, laden with bird droppings and jet fuel, running right down the drain and into the environment. Heavy metals, diseases and all.

Blue roofs are more than a bandage, but they’re less than a real solution.

The true answer? Combining blue roofs and green roofs.

You heard us: two rooftop assemblies, stacked on top of one another. Blue on bottom, giving water from big events somewhere to go during peak runoff. Green on top, to purify that water by ensuring it first passes through plants, media and drainage layers.

Voilà: stormwater retention and water filtration, all in one fell swoop. Take that, Stormwater Guy.

Interested in our cutting-edge blue and green roof assemblies?

 
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