Roof decorations can make your home stand out in the neighborhood. These decorations can simply highlight the architectural aspects of the home, enhance your daily lifestyle, or even offer increased roof protection. The type of roof decoration to select will depend on the size and pitch of the roof, the type of upkeep that will be performed after the installation, and the costs.
While thatched roofing decorations are commonly seen in places such as the United Kingdom, Netherlands, or Germany, they are becoming more popular in the United States due to their eco-friendly materials. Thatched roofs are made from dry vegetation, such as sedge, straw, rushes, or other materials. They provide a range of benefits such as keeping the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also last about the same amount of time as traditional roofing materials.
Garden roofing allows a homeowner to grow vegetables and fruits. This unique type of roofing is ideal when you may have limited property space to place in a ground garden. They are ideal for homes in warmer climates, have a typical flatter surface, and allow for ease of access to the roof area. Plants that may do well in a garden roof include zucchini and tomatoes.
Green roofing is similar to garden roofing as the only exception is that you don’t harvest the plants that you grow. Low growth height plants are chosen, such as grasses, succulents, and sedums. This type of roofing can control stormwater runoff rates and remove the heat from the air which can lower roof temperatures during the summer. This roof decoration may provide more insulating properties to your home and can last as long as traditional roofing materials.
If you are looking to add a simpler type of roof decoration that isn’t as labor-intensive to maintain, roofing lighting is another option. Roof lighting can highlight interesting architectural designs of the roof, provide extra lighting outdoors during the evening and night hours if you are hosting people outside, and it can make your roof home stand out during the holidays.
Before adding on any type of roof decoration, you should get the roof inspected to determine its condition and have it repaired if necessary. You should also determine if the roof can handle the weight of anything that is added onto it, such as soil and plants, as well as drainage concerns. If you have any roofing questions or projects, contact the professionals at Brandstetter’s KangaRoof.