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Roofing-Pros and Cons of Different Roofing Materials

September 28th, 2022

The roof of your home is the first defensive aterial against many elements. The quality,Guest Posting shape and condition of your home’s roof can directly effect on the value of your home and appearance. Now there are many choices available in the market ranging from traditional wood to eco friendly rubber. It is always recommended you to choose the roof which suits best to your home location, style, structure and climate. There are different roofing materials available which have pros as well as cons. The asphalt shingles roofs are very popular. The main pros of this roofing material are that it is economical and you can repair it easily. The other advantage is that this type of roofing material is available in different types of shapes, colors, and sizes. The asphalt shingles roofs has also some cons. This type of roofing material is not suitable in warmer climates. This type of roofing material has fewer lifetimes than other roofing materials.

Metal roofing is becoming very popular. Metal roofing is alternative to traditional roofing materials. The main pros of metal roofing are maintenance free and light weighted. Metal roofing can also survive in high winds. The metal roofs are fireproof. The metal roofs can install over the old shingles. Metal roofing has also some cons. The main cons of metal roofing are sheer installation cost. The noise of rain can be doubled with a metal roof. Metal roofs are not safe for the standing or walk. The metal roofs can cause slippery when wet. The slate roofing is beautiful but high cost material. The main pros of slate roof are that it can last for hundred years and slate roofs are more fire resistant. This type of roofing material is environmentally friendly roofing material. The cons of slate roofing are that it is very expensive. The weights of slate roofs are too much. The weight of slate roofs are about 800 and 1500 pounds per square. Few contractors know properly to install slate roofs. Wood shake roofing looks beautiful at your home. The main pros of this type of roofing material are that it is wind resistant and also hail resistant. Many people prefer this type of roofing materials for their high end look.

The main cons of wood shakes are regular maintenance and also time to time application of chemicals to keep them fire resistant. This type of roofing material can damage from both sunlight and water. The wood shakes have high prices than other roofing materials. Wood roofing is very popular because of its elegant and warm looks. The main pros of wood roofing are its natural warm look. This type of roofing is very easily to repair or replace. The main cons of roofing material are that it needs more maintenance than other roofing materials. Cement roofing ads value to your home and looks elegant. The main benefit of cement roofing is that it is available in different colors and styles. The main disadvantage of this roofing material is than it is more costly than other roofing materials.

A Short History of Roof Gardens

April 20th, 2022

Wherever it might be roof top gardeners are a breed apart. With space at a premium I’ve seen meadows growing in eaves and roses trailing into the sky. In the most exposed spaces I’ve seen mature trees thriving and come across orchards and allotments in sheltered city gardens.

Its never easy growing up in the sky but you’ll be amazed what can be achieved with a little planning and a close understanding of what you have got to deal with. It’s harder than gardening on a ground level but boy is it more inspirational!

Over half of new homes being built today are apartments so roof gardens and terraces are becoming more and more popular and vital to the green environment. If you think it’s too much effort and need a financial motive then research tells us that a great roof space, smallest balcony or terrace can add 8% to the sales price of a house and 25% to the turnover of a restaurant!

In this article I’d like to just show you where we started creating roof gardens because many people believe it’s quite a modern phenomenon.

The hanging gardens of Babylon were probably the most famous roof gardens of all time. One of the Seven Wonders of the World probably constructed during the rebuilding of Babylon by Nebuchadrezzar II to console his wife Amytis who missed the greenery of her homeland, Media. We only have mention of the gardens from writings made 200 years after their destruction probably by Xerxes I around 482BC. It is described as having lofty stone terraces, closely reproduced mountain scenery with planting to create the mountain surroundings of Media. Siculus (Greek historian 1st Century AD) describes them as being 100 feet long by 100 feet wide and built in tiers to resemble a theatre. Vaults carried the weight of the plants with the highest at 70 feet. Gardening on a grand scale but still with a mind for weight limits!

The next significant point in roof gardens were the Roman roof gardens of Pompei. We don’t know much about them but the eruption of Mount Versuvius in AD 79 preserved almost perfectly a building with what we would define as roof garden terraces. The Villa of the Mysteries just outside the northwest gate of Pompei has a U shaped terrace along its north western and southern perimeters where plants were planted directly into soil. The terrace is supported by a colonnade on all three sides. This became a tomb for those escaping the falling ash. By careful excavation including pouring plaster into the root spaces the plants that were used have been identified.

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