If you look up at most roofs in North America, chances are you’ll see one of two types – asphalt and steel roofing. These are the two most common materials roofers in Ottawa use because of their durability, longevity and easiness to repair. However, taking a look at roofs in other parts of the world, there are several other untraditional materials that roofers used based on location and the resources available. Here’s a look at the many roofs around the world.
Though palm thatch has become a material used synthetically in North America by roofers for fun outdoor projects like patios and bars, many countries have depended on the thatching method for years to build their homes and roofs. Thatching is the method of using vegetation like heather and palm leaves as a protective layer to keep water and other harsh elements from getting into the home. Though thatching has become a source of income and employment in some developing countries, some developed counties prefer the look to give their homes a more rustic appeal.
Originating from Scandinavian, a sod or turf roof is a very natural method used by native roofers. A layer of protective bark or wood is laid out for the roof then layers of sod – essentially beautiful green patches of grass – are added on top to protect the home. Sod roofs were often used on log cabins to help add needed pressure to keep the wood together and secure. Though the exterior of the roof is a lush green, the true protector is the commonly used birch bark underneath which is waterproof and can stand up to the elements. The turf acts as a weight to keep everything together.
Many homes have attempt to mimic the beautiful look of clay tiles here in Canada and throughout the US with building materials such as cement and plastic. However, roofers around the world in countries like Germany, Mexico and England also use the method too. The tiles are traditionally made from terracotta or slate and feature a reddish brown colour. They are built to keep out rain and fit together snuggling in an overlapping pattern. The tiles are said to be used as early as 600 B.C. in Greece. They truly have stood the tests of time.
Among the many types of building materials used by roofers, there’re plenty of different shapes and sizes of roofs used around the world. From high pitched roofs found in Thailand to incredible architecture like the marble dome of the Taj Mahal, every corner of our world is full of amazing cultures and technologies that have created unique shelters and roofs!