Did you know that you can take proactive steps to get your own water supply by setting up rain catching systems on the roofing?
Who This Helps
Rain catchers or rain barrels are installed underneath the gutter systems, to catch excess down pouring of the rain. Of, course, these same barrels can be put out in the open, but the system gets even more from the rain gutters as excess water from the roof all routes from the siding into the gutters.
These systems are especially useful for a variety of individuals including:
Those who live close to droughts – there are many cities that provide water restrictions on residents. Failure to comply will usually result in high fines. As such, these water conservation techniques can help to use in times of water restrictions for car washing, washing the driveway, mats or watering your plants in the garden.
Steer clear of using this water for drinking and cooking as it may contain chemicals. Asphalt roofing for instance isn’t recommended for using rain barrels for drinking. Metal too isn’t really recommended if it contains lead, as this can create more problems than solutions. A medical bill can run much higher than a fine, and considering that there are usually no restrictions for indoor water use, it’s usually futile to put your health at risk.
The EPA outlines the best practices for rooftop water use and how to divert storm water as an example. You should be diligent about filtering and pasteurizing the water before using it internally.
Other reasons these systems may appeal include – eco-friendly living. The eco-conscious consumer is avid about saving the planet’s resources and leaving enough and more for future generations to come.
For a green roof, there are many you can choose including:
Solar Panels – roofers can install these to preserve energy use, and not just water use alone. You can cut down your monthly energy bill with these simple installations.
Cool Roofs – are made from a wide variety of materials. They are less expensive than an initial solar panel roofing system, plus they keep your home cool inside during the hot months.
What You Need to Do When Installing Rain Barrels
Have the roofing contractor check for leaks periodically to ensure that puddles of water aren’t settling on the roof, or the gutter systems aren’t clogged.
Ask about how to install heat roofing systems that can melt the snow in the wintertime. There are many roofing accessories to date that allow you to customize based on the weather and your own specific needs. As an example, during the spring and summer, beautiful accessories such as rain chains can be attached from the roofing and hanged down to the length of the ground or higher.
Check for algae, moss and mold – the roofer can also check to see that no mold is forming in and around the roof from these rain catcher systems, and present solutions to tackle this is such is the case. Testing for mold is usually conducted through testing kits.
Find out about other eco-friendly tips as it relates to roofing by visiting the EPA or consulting with a roofer.