As a roofing company, we can’t say that we forget about roofs or their importance. However, for people who don’t repair and install roofs on a daily basis, roofs are probably often forgotten. How could this be? Roofs are fascinating! Don’t believe us? Perhaps this list of interesting roof facts can change your mind.

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Slate roofing was brought to America, specifically Jamestown, by the early English settlers. Although it wasn’t as commonly used as clay tiles, it was seen around the early settlements. The materials were largely imported from Wales, which made it an expensive and somewhat rare commodity. During the mid-19th century when canals and railroads improved, slate became a top roofing material and was offered in a variety of colors. Because of its fire-resistant qualities and durability, it was often considered one of the most practical options.


Green roofs seem like a relatively new thing, right? Not exactly. Green roofs have been around for thousands of years. In fact, one of the first and most famous green roofs was the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Around 600 BC, this wonder of the world was built, and to sustain the garden, water had to be pumped from the nearby Euphrates river.


Clay roofs have been in use for a long, long time. In fact, historians date the use of clay tiles back to around 2800 BC — around the same time the Great Pyramids were being built in Egypt. With these roofs boasting a reputation of being able to last for hundreds of years, it’s no wonder they have achieved such popularity throughout history.


Asphalt shingles are an American invention. First used in 1901 as a safer alternative to wood shingles, asphalt shingles have constantly evolved since their inception. Nowadays, asphalt shingles are used all around the world and provide unrivaled protection, durability, and cost-effectiveness.


Most people believe that if you have a metal roof you are more susceptible to lightning strikes. This, however, is not true. Although it is an excellent conductor, metal is not the only material that lightning is drawn to. The thing that really makes a structure more susceptible to lightning strikes is its height. Lightning tends to hit the tallest structure in an area.


If you are in the Nashville area and are in need of residential or commercial roofing services, contact Tim Leeper Roofing. Since 2004, our roofing company has been providing top-notch roofing services. This has earned us a reputation for being one of Nashville’s best roofing companies — in fact, we were recently honored by being named Mt. Juliet’s Best Roofer of 2018. Contact us today to learn more or to set up your free quote.