facts and myths roofing choices history of roofs

  1. There are different theories about the meaning of the phrase “It rains with cats and dogs”. One of them is that, in the past, when the houses had thatched roofs, pets and other small animals (squirrels, chicks etc.) used to sit in the straw to keep warm. When it rained, the straw became slippery, and the animals fell from the roof, creating the illusion that it was raining with them.


  1. The oldest roofing materials are stone, thatch and clay. It is estimated that thatch was used between 5000- 1800 B.C., while clay tiles have been around since 10,000 BC!


  1. Many people think that metal roofs are more likely to be struck by lightning, but this is just another myth. Although the metal conducts electricity in deed, a metal roof does not attract lightning. Instead, lightning will rather strike a taller object in the area.  For all the roofing Flower Mound offers look to local companies in your area.


  1. Green roofs promote biodiversity and pollination, but are also important allies for producing clean air and absorbing dust from cars.


  1. Green roofing materials last longer than asphalt roofing shingles.


  1. 75% of homes in North America have roofs covered with asphalt shingles.


  1. Water travels quite a lot before it becoming visible on the ceiling and walls, in the case of an infiltration through the roof. Interesting, a leak can come out even 20 feet away from the original infiltration point.


  1. Flat roofs are not all that flat. They look flat, but actually have a small inclination, invisible to the eye, to allow proper water drainage.