From the beginning of humanity it’s been a “cover up.”
Covering up to provide shelter was one of the first skills ever learned – and the most important part of any shelter is the roof.
The evolution of both roofing designs and materials is as varied as architecture itself.
As early as 300 B.C., clay tiles were used by the Chinese. Roofing materials varied greatly by region and the material that was available locally.
Greek and Roman civilizations used slate while much of Europe used thatched roofs until around the 11th century when wooden shingles became the norm. However in the greater European cities, safety from fire became a huge issue.
Laws Were Passed
During the 12th century, the King at that time, King John, passed laws that thatched or wooden roofing materials must be replaced with slate or clay to prevent fires from spreading in the overcrowded cities.
Soon the production of clay tiles began, moving to the use of concrete by the next century.
Once the colonization of North America began, it seemed as though roofing took a step back in time. Early settlers once again using what was available often had wooden or even sod roofs.
Certainly weather dictated the style and design of roofing throughout the centuries and around the world. In our country that meant a style most commonly known as the Cape Cod. The house was a simple box-like style with a steeply pitched roof and a narrow overhang. The design was meant to allow the movement of rain off the roof while preventing snow from building up.
Back In Style
Roofing materials have gone in and out of vogue over the years; however some have truly come full circle.
One super green roofing material back in vogue is the sod roof. Created from a wooden base covered with several layers of birch bark to create a watertight seal; a layer of grass is installed to keep everything in place.
According to modern day roofers of this style, the implementation now includes special layers for water dispersal and drainage, a system to protect from the wind along with special material to aid the organic growth. Providing super insulation, green roofing can be very attractive and long lasting.
Metal roofing materials are also coming back into use. Their durability and fire resistance add to the charm of being able to look like almost any desired roofing material. With the added bonus of fire resistance, longevity and being made from recycled materials makes its traits very desirable.
Slate tiles have often been the choice of the “great houses” over time. While remaining expensive, slate roofs are very beautiful, extremely long lasting, fire resistant and certainly invulnerable to insect or rodent infestations.
Composition shingles have become the most popular roofing material choice of this century. Using recycled material, they are generally well within the roofing budgets of most homeowners. Choices of recycled asphalt or fiberglass offer very sturdy choices, clean lines and easy upkeep.
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Written By: Jane Laker