If you're thinking about replacing your gutters or overhauling your roof, why not investigate some green options for your gutters and roof?
On a simplistic level, your roof already is a catchment area, and your gutters direct the water to specific spots. Popping a bucket under each gutter during a storm can catch you loads of water - to wash your car with, water your garden a few days later, or even to filter and use normally.
This simple kind of system may be well intentioned but isn't really sustainable with today's lifestyle. The water you collect in the buckets needs to be moved somewhere, and there's no simple 'tap' system to move it. Plus, if you simply leave the water where it is, you can find the water evaporate just in time for the next storm.
That's why installing a professional system that diverts rainwater into water tanks (or cisterns, drums, wells, etc) is ideal. Usually, these systems will also be covered to prevent evaporation and have a tap system you can use with a hose or a pipe easily. Some come with water filtration built in, so that you can divert the water straight back into your home.
A green roof is exactly what it sounds like - a green roof. Not a sustainable roof, a green one - a garden.
Green roofs save space by adding garden space outside of your garden, control the runoff of water from rain storms and reduce a building's energy costs by providing an insulating layer. They're becoming increasingly popular in Australia, especially in Adelaide where the Adelaide Zoo manages and owns many roof-top gardens.
Check out some inspiring green roofs here.
Green options often seem like they're going to be far more expensive than standard options, but this is often not the case - especially when you factor in the cost savings longer term. Speak to a professional roofer or plumber about your green roofing options today, or post a job and ask them to contact you.