In most urban areas, there never seems to be enough space. With every foot of prime space coming at a high cost, it is often difficult to find a reasonably priced space to do activities, such as gardening. What many business owners do not realize is that they may already have spaces they are overlooking. This is the space on their roof. Creating a rooftop garden on top of your commercial space can be a winning solution for both your business, and maybe even your community. The best news is that you may be able to find monies, as well as assistance to help you create it.
Reasons To Create A Rooftop Garden
Green roofing, or the creation of a rooftop garden is simply the process of turning your roof space into a green oasis. This can be a winning combination for both your business, as well as the community surrounding you. For your business it will provide:
- Reduced heating and cooling costs due to the additional insulation on your roof
- Better roofing aesthetics for your company
- Increased resale value of your business property
- Possibility of increased employee morale and stress reduction
- Increased community engagement, community recognition, and more
Your community will also benefit from:
- Cleaner air
- The reduction of temperatures in urban areas
- Less water runoff
- Better water quality and more
Also, depending on what you choose to grow on your rooftop garden, the community may even have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This of course will depend upon whether you choose to sell, or share, your harvest with those around you. There is often a great need for this in areas that are often food deserts.
Where To Find Funds To Create Your Garden
When you estimate the cost of creating a rooftop garden, you will find that the price will vary depending on several different factors. These include:
- Type of existing roofing structure you have
- Additional support or structure if needed
- Complexity and design of your garden
- Type of watering system you plan to use
- Type of plants you plant, and more
The bottom line is, you will find that installing a rooftop garden is more expensive than putting on a traditional type of roof, but there may be money out there to help offset the cost.
Government Grants - There is available government money out there in the form of grants to do almost anything that you want to do. You can find these in not only federal monies, but state, and community monies as well. Many times the key to being able to access government grants is making sure that the description of your project fits what those funding the grant are currently funding. Unfortunately, government grants often run in cycles, and are often underfunded. You will have to research to find those that are applicable to your project.
- For example, the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) offers grants in many different categories. Your rooftop garden may qualify in a proposal that it will improve air quality, but it also may qualify for a different grant due to the fact that it will reduce the amount of pollution.
If you do not have any experience writing grants, hire a good grant writer. They will know how to craft the language of your grant to help your project to qualify for funding.
State and City Tax Credits - many times your state, and/or your city may offer your business tax rebates, or tax credits, for projects that are going to benefit the community around you. You can find additional information on some of the incentives by simply typing in your zip code at www.dsireusa.org.
Private Grants and Donations - Depending on the type of company that you have, and the type of rooftop project that you are trying to create, there may be private grants and donations willing to support your cause. These grants and donations are usually easier to solicit than government grants.
These are just a few of the resources that are available to help you to offset the cost of your rooftop garden. You can find additional sources; all you have to do is look.
If you have decided that you would like to transform your business' roof into a green roof, then contact a commercial roofing contractor to find out what it will cost.