Roofs are being overlooked by most people all the time. It’s only when it’s nearing the time to replace or repair a roof that we start to think about which company to give the contract to, and how much it would cost. Roofs aren’t that interesting, apart from the fact that they keep the elements out and keep us dry and warm inside the house. But it’s good for us to focus on the fun and trivial side of roofs once in a while. Read on and discover some fun facts you didn’t know about roofs.

The Great Fire of London

Long ago, when most of the world had plant material as roofing, London was a city with thatched roofs. Thatched roofs are very combustible and it could burn a lot of buildings into the ground. It was then that the King of England passed a law that required clay tiles to replace thatched roofing. Clay was supposed to help prevent fires from happening but it didn’t help London when the Great Fire happened.

Shakes that would not burn

A lot of people are afraid to have wooden shakes installed since they are a great fire hazard. Insurances charge an outrageous premium if you have wooden roofing materials because of this very reason. However, roofing companies nowadays produce concrete shakes that look almost exactly like wood. Now you can have the aesthetic appeal of wooden shakes minus the fire hazard.

Metal roofs aren’t in more risk of getting hit by lightning

That’s right. If you believe the things you’ve been told about metal roofs attracting lightning more frequently than other types of roofs, then I’m afraid to say that you are mistaken. A lot of commercial and residential buildings have metal roofs and the likelihood of them getting hit by lightning is the same as that of any other type of roofing. The reason is that lightning seeks the easiest way to the ground which, in most cases, is the highest part of the tallest structure.

A roof garden

No, it’s not about constructing a garden on top of a flat concrete roof. This “green” roof that I’m talking about looks and functions like a normal roof. However, you can grow plants on the roof itself, making the roofing material your substrate. And if you plant vegetables or small fruit shrubs, then you can eat what you grow on your roof.

Roof warranties are misleading

Your preferred roofer may have a warranty for 30 years on your roof. This means that if anything happens to your roof that is covered by the warranty, you will not be liable for the costs of repairing it if it happened within the warranty period. It doesn’t mean that the roof will last 30 years.

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