What Makes A Roof A Roof?

So we all know what a roof is. We know basically what it does (protects our homes, offices, schools. and more from the elements) and the importance of keeping it in shape and well maintained.

But what makes up a roof exactly? What is it that makes a roof effective?

A roof’s primary function is to protect the contents of a home or other building from wind, rain, debris, storms and whatever else nature can throw at it.  The science and styles of homes have changed over the years, but the basic design elements of roofs have remained the same: material, construction, and durability.  It is the combination of these basic elements that makes a roof effective.

The material of a roof can be anything from banana leaves or straw to laminated glass or tile or many other types of material including shingles and shakes. Quality material is important as it is the very things that makes up your roof and is what separates you from the weather.

The construction of a roof refers to the method of support and how space beneath it is bridged and whether it is pitched or not. The pitch being the angle the roof rises from its lowest point to its highest point.  The construction of a roof is more important than even the materials as roofs depend on gravity to route water to gutter systems and proper construction ensures this works effectively.

The durability of roof is perhaps the greatest concern overall when building a roof as the roof is often the least accessible part of a building especially when repairing or replacing, and when it gets damaged or worn it can have serious adverse effects. Durability comes from how the materials and construction of the roof will hold up under typical weather conditions in the climate the building is in.

Although the details may get bit more complicated, these elements are what makes your roof a roof that protects, even against the strongest storms and not just something to keep the rain off your head.

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