We are lucky enough to have some stunning historic architecture in our area and we, of course, are always interested in the roofs of these structures. Depending on when it was built, a building’s roof can be made out of various materials such as clay, slate, or wood.
“Clay Tile: European settlers used clay tile for roofing as early as the mid-17th century; many pantiles (S-curved tiles), as well as flat roofing tiles, were used in Jamestown, Virginia. In some cities such as New York and Boston, clay was popularly used as a precaution against such fire as those that engulfed London in 1666 and scorched Boston in 1679.”
Roofs were not only important because of the protection they provided, but because they used to play such an integral role in the architectural design of the building and they helped define the era in which they came from. Because they are old, these roofs will eventually deteriorate and require repairs just like any material would. There are lots of unique opportunities for Dallas roofing companies in terms of historic building repair. This can be really satisfying work. Reading about the importance of roofs on historic buildings is educational as well as interesting. It’s always fun to step back into the past to see how everything used to be done.
During some periods in the history of architecture, the roof imparts much of the architectural character. It defines the style and contributes to the building’s aesthetics. The hipped roofs of Georgian architecture, the turrets of Queen Anne, the Mansard roofs, and the graceful slopes of the Shingle Style and Bungalow designs are examples of the use of roofing as a major design feature.