Since the dawn of mankind, and we were building huts from mud and sticks or living in caves – roofing has been one of the most important factors in shelter and home construction. Between then and now, there has been countless advances in the evolution of roofing. We’ve put together a list of our favorite roofing facts from across this vast period.

  • The oldest roofing materials in the world are thatch, clay and stone. Thatched roofs are believed to be used from 5000 BC, Clay tiles on the other hand – as far back as 10,000 BC!

  • Thatched roofs, although they may look non-effective as a result of being made out of straw or other plant, are actually great roofing options. The reed used is naturally waterproof, and bundled so tightly that it sheds off any water that falls onto it. It keeps off water, sleet and snow!
  • While the idea of natural building materials still holds great value, some insurance companies charge more to cover a home with a wood-shake roof because of the potential for fire.

  • Welsh Slate revolutionised the roofing trade, as mass-produced slate meant that slate roofing was now affordable for more and more people.
  • Thatched Roofs became a sign of poverty, and so fell out of use – funnily enough it is now associated with wealth. There are over 1,000 thatchers working in the UK.
  • Green roofing materials are longer lasting than your standard asphalt roofing tiles.
  • When dealing with a leaky roof, its important to note that a leak can come out twenty feet away from the original leak in a roof – the problem point may be in a different location than what you think.
  • The first recorded use of a slate roof on a private home is reportedly North Wales, UK in year 1300AD. North Wales is also the home of slate roofing.
  • Slate peaked in the early 1900s but then swiftly declined as asphalt shingles flooded the market by hugely cheaper pricing of the material. A relatively recent interest in the historic preservation and historic style which has revitalised the material.
  • Roofing is now considered an important aspect of any exterior decoration.