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Built Up Roofing

This heavy roofing consists of layers of asphalt, tar or adhesive topped with an aggregate and is only for flat roofs. Tar and gravel roofs, also for flat roofs, are best for roof-top decks with heavy foot traffic. These roofs may become sticky in summer, and it is harder to shovel snow off of these …

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Green Roofing

A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Container gardens on roofs, where plants are maintained in pots, are not generally considered to be true green roofs, although this is debated. Rooftop ponds are …

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Slate Roofing

Slate can be made into roofing slates, a type of roof shingle, or more specifically a type of roof tile, which are installed by a slater. Slate has two lines of breakability – cleavage and grain – which make it possible to split the stone into thin sheets. When broken, slate retains a natural appearance while remaining relatively …

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Stone-Coated Metal Roofing

A stone coated metal roof is made from steel or some other metal; the metal is then coated with stone chips and attached to the steel with an acrylic film. The goal is a more durable roof that still retains the aesthetic advantages of a more traditional roofing material Stone coated metal roofing was refined during and after World …

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Metal Roofing

Copper has played a significant role in architecture for thousands of years (see: copper in architecture). In the 3rd century B.C., copper roof shingles were installed atop the Lovamahapaya Temple in Sri Lanka. The Romans used copper as roof covering for the Pantheon in 27 B.C.  Centuries later, copper and its alloys were integral in European medieval architecture. The copper roof of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hildesheim, …

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Asphalt Shingle

Asphalt shingles are an American invention first used in 1901, in general use in parts of America by 1911 and by 1939 11 million squares of shingles were being produced.  A U.S. National Board of Fire Underwriters campaign to eliminate the use of wood shingles on roofs was a contributing factor in the growth in popularity of asphalt shingles during the …

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Solar Tiles

Solar shingles, also called photovoltaic shingles, are solar panels designed to look like and function as conventional roofing materials, such as asphalt shingle or slate, while also producing electricity. Solar shingles are a type of solar energy solution known as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). There are several varieties of solar shingles, including shingle-sized solid panels that take the place of a number of …

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Combination Roof

Combination Roof A combination roof incorporates a design using various roofs on the same structure for aesthetic and practical reasons. For example, a house may have a hip roof with a gable roof over dormers and a skillion over the porch. Pros: Using a variety of roofs adds architectural interest to a house. It’s also a …

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Dome Roof

Dome Roof A dome roof is polygonal with an inverted bowl shape. Dome roofs are great for adding unique and aesthetically pleasing features to any home. They are excellent choices for cupolas, gazebos or crow’s nests. Pros: Dome roofs are both beautiful in design as well as durable. Cons: The complexity of a dome roof makes them …

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Pyramid Roof

Pyramid Roof A pyramid roof is a type of hip roof. All four sides come to a point at the top of the roof. There are no vertical sides or gables. Pyramid roofs are mostly used for smaller buildings, such as bungalows and cabins. They are also used for auxiliary structures, such as pool houses, …

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