Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Pinnacle Exteriors
Mud and sod supported by wood, logs and reeds are probably the earliest roofing materials followed by kiln-dried clay tiles manufactured by the early Greeks and Romans to cover public building and dwelling or housing tops. In medieval Europe, people made use of bundles of straw or reeds tied to framing timbers. Throughout the Middle Ages, slate was used as covering for cathedrals. In the 1500s, copper sheets were used and they finally replaced slate and tile roof. Today, shingles are widely used particularly in North America. Some people also use steel, aluminum, copper, lead, various alloys and clad metals which may be either flat or corrugated sheets.
The roof is composed of three main parts: the sturdy frames; a rigid casing or roof floor; and a rainproof outer layer. Conventional roof coverings are fixed to a timber framework and straw bundles are tied to the frame to make a thatched roof. Stone flags, on the other hand are usually hung on the supporting board with hooks. Other roofing materials are baked ceramic tiles, which have been used especially in Mediterranean countries since the ancient times, the pantile, which is a material for roofs which overlaps in two directions, the fire-resistant and impermeable slate and the asphalt-impregnated felt shingles reinforced by an ‘underlayer’, which is commonly seen in most modern dwellings nowadays.
The roof is one of the most important parts of a house or building and it should be one of the first things to be considered in both construction and home improvement. One never knows when a severe typhoon or a hurricane is going to strike so every part of the roof should be able to withstand whatever force or wind, and if done excellently can do the job of protecting a whole family. A strongly toughened roof structure can even replace home insurance.
Good roofing is the secret to a safe home and the challenge is to make certain the roof chosen is the one appropriate for a particular building. Identifying the appropriate system based on location as well as climate is also important to roof or ‘reroof’ a new building. Wrong decisions will ultimately result to huge expenditures in later years. Here come the roofing contractors. They specialize in all sorts of roof installation for both residential and commercial buildings. They provide not only professional services; they give expert opinions especially on what roof materials one will need. Click or call for a free estimate on your roof!
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