Most people know very little about roofing. However, at Plantation Roofing Service we take roofing seriously! Not only is the job done right, but we know everything there is to know about roofing. We also love when our clients are knowledgeable and ask questions about their roofing system. If you are curious about the history of roofing you can read below to learn about the basics.
Shingles come in a variety of shapes and styles. Also known as shakes, they are usually made from pieces of wood. There are many different styles of of shingles, many of which are shaped by hand, including fish scale, staggered, and pointed. Wood shingles typically last a few decades and are easy to repair when damaged. In Florida, cedar and cypress are available for their outstanding resistance to weather. However, South Florida rain can often prevent the wood from drying properly. It also poses a serious danger due to heavy lighting which can cause fire. For this reason, consider using other options when roofing your property in Plantation.
Certain properties in northern Florida still have clay roofing from the 1600s. The tiles are rectangular and typically half an inch thick although many variations can be found. Holes are placed in the tile to allow nails to be hammered into the roof. The method of layering, as well as the use of mortar, prevents water from getting inside the property. Clay lasts a very long time but can easily break by falling or flying objects. They are commonly used with Spanish style homes in places such as St. Augustine.
Metal roofing began with copper until zinc became popular in the 1800s. Zinc roofing first made its way to the United States through New Orleans. Americans preferred zinc roofing to cooper due to its cheaper cost. Americans also used tin planted iron. Once production increased, tin planted iron spread throughout the States. Metal roofing comes in many designs and colors, and can even be stamped as commonly found covering Florida's victorian homes. If maintained properly metal roofing can stand indefinitely.
Slate is another word for rock. And rock is a great option! Rock does not burn, does not leak, and can last forever. Also, slate comes in almost any color making it desirable for those who wish to bring style to their roofing system. There is no better option than slate. Rock is so long-lasting that for a repair job roofing contractors will tend to the worn nails and fasteners while rebuilding with the same slate. Of course, such reliability is the most expensive option.