The History of Roofing
Having a roof over your head gives you a sense of shelter, protection, home, family and security. Throughout history, roofs have been essential structures no matter what kind of material they’re crafted from. Without a good roof, you’re exposed to a variety of threats and risks. In early times, roofing was born of an instinctive need to protect oneself from the weather and predators.
Certainly, throughout the years, roofing has evolved from the primitive use of twigs and straws to the modern use of metal and tiles.
Roofing Through the Ages
Clay roofing tiles first made their appearance in China in 10,000 BC, predicated on the concept of interlocking tiles comprised of a cooling material. These roofs were sturdy, strong, and durable marked by consistent quality. They got even better as newer types of clay roofing tiles came on the scene and today they form the corner stone of modern roofing design.
Romans were the first to use red-tiled roofs in Middle Europe, a durable classic that quickly became the go-to option in Rome. Tiled and thatched roofs became popular as far back as 735 AD, originating in Britain, but remained so even into the 18th and 19th centuries.
Wood shingles were popular for centuries until 1911 when the National Board of Fire Underwriters tried to eliminate them due to the inherent fire hazard. It was at this time that asphalt shingles, crafted to imitate wood shingles, became the popular choice. But even despite the popular favorites of slate, metal, and clay tiles, wood shingles never really went away.
Some styles, such as 20th-century architectural styles like Colonial Revival, continue to use wood shingles.
From the 19th century till now, different roofing materials are popular in different regions of the country. The Midwest always preferred wood, the Southwest prefers the use of tiles, the southern US sees a lot of metal and tile, and the Northeast predominantly uses asphalt shingle.
How Durable is YOUR Roof?
Now that you know a brief history of roofing, it’s time to determine how well your roof is standing up to time and the elements. Just give us a call for a free quote and make an appointment for us to come out to your home for an inspection. Get in touch with us at one of our two locations: