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5 Roofing History FAQs!

Roofing Through the Ages...

1. Some of the oldest known roofing materials are clay tiles. Clay tiles are still very popular and commonly found in the US and south. These types of tiles have been dated back as far as 10,000 B.C.

2. Thatched roofs were developed and used around 735 A.D. The reeds used to construct the roof were naturally waterproof - builders would bundle the reed tightly and its waterproof nature allowed it to shed water, rain, sleet, and snow.

3. Wood shingles were introduced roughly 300 years after thatched roofs. But in an effort to prevent spreading fires, the 12th century King John created a law in London that citizens had to replace their thatched and wood shingles with clay tiles.

4. Did You Know? 75% of American households have asphalt shingles! Asphalt shingles are considered one of the newest roofing technologies. They were invented in the 1900s. Asphalt shingles are a durable and inexpensive option for many homeowners.

5. No matter the roofing material you choose for your new roof, you can rest assured that contemporary roofing materials (when properly installed) will last for 30 years or more. If you have a leaking roof - you may not need to replace your entire roof. It may simply be a maintenance roof issue such as loose asphalt shingles, faulty flashing, or a broken tile. No need to panic if you see a roof leak - simply call the experts at Birmingham Roofs and we will gladly come take a look. If you need a small repair, a hole sealed, or new shingles we will take care of it.

If your roof is in need of servicing, don’t hesitate to call us for your estimate. Our team of experienced, trustworthy professionals at Bham Roofs are standing by to help you with all your roofing needs! Serving Birmingham, Hoover, Vestavia, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Trussville, Leeds, Moody, Alabaster, Leeds, Montevallo, Shelby Co. area, and more.

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