We all take our roofs for granted, but they’re more valuable and important than we might initially think.

They protect us from inclement weather and keep our homes insulated. They also provide shelter from everyday mishaps. But when did roofs even become a concept, and who was the mastermind behind the idea of covering your place of habitat with a roof?

We might not use sticks and sod as our roofing strategy anymore, but at Hometown Roofing, our roofers in Dallas, Texas can help with a wide variety of residential and commercial roofing services. Ranging from roof leak repairs to hail damage, our team of qualified roofers can help you with any of your roofing needs — contact us today.

In this blog post, we’ll go over a quick history lesson of roofers, roofing materials and how the industry has evolved into what it is today.

Where It All Began

Although we like to believe that our caveman ancestors spent their nights under the stars or in conveniently shaped caves, evidence has shown early roofs were made of animal parts, clay, rocks and wood. Even early on, people understood that shelter was necessary for being protected from the outside world.

Most changes in the roofing industry have occurred in the past 200 years or so, especially in regards to materials used and strategies implemented. Thanks to new innovative technology, roofers today operate in safer, more economical conditions than even 20 years ago — let alone 3,000 B.C.  

How Materials Have Evolved

China is credited with having first invented any sort of advanced roofing techniques, utilizing clay tiles around 3,000 B.C. Citizens in Northern Europe preferred locally provided slate or wooden tiles at this same time, but around 100 B.C., the Romans introduced Greek clay tiles to England.

Around 735 A.D., the development of thatch rooftops became popular thanks to their higher resistance to fire, and proper wood shingles were invented about 300 years after that.

Red clay tiles began being industrially produced in the early 1900s, and around 1920, the first design of asphalt shingles was developed. Asphalt shingles are still popular today, mainly because they are inexpensive and easy to manufacture.

Metal roofing was first noted as being introduced around 300 B.C., possibly a bit before that, as it was seen in the copper shingles tiles of the Loha Maha Paya Temple in Sri Lanka. Copper is still a popular metal roofing material, as is zinc, which started to be used for roofing purposes in the 1700s.

Since then, roofers have taken the best, most reliable roofing materials we’ve seen in history and they now incorporate them in their modernized roofing strategies today.

Choose Our Dallas Roofers For Your Next Project

Now that you know where our industry originated, can you think of some projects you have on your to-do list for your home or business’ roof? Let our team of roofers at Hometown Roofing in Dallas can handle them with utmost expertise and efficiency. We have more than 34 years of combined experience, and we’ve serviced the Dallas/Fort Worth community since 2003.

For more information on our roofing services or our team of highly experienced roofers, call (888) 798-2917 or fill out our online form today!