Building Supplies

Case study

Evolution of the roofing industry

For thousands of years, people have had the need to look for materials that will provide them with shelter and a safe environment away from wind, rain and sunlight. On this search, many materials such as thatch, mud and even animal skins were used, but none of them provided enough protection against cold, wind, leaks and insects. As years passed by these rudimentary objects were replaced by metals and innovative technologies that successfully covered people’s homes and businesses and met their needs.

In this article, we are going to outline how these eras and inventions benefited today’s roofing, as well as the challenges that the industry currently faces.

From thatch and wood to clay

Around 3,000 B.C. as a consequence of the bronze age, both Eastern and Western civilisations concurrently discovered that by baking materials such clay, they could create tiles that would serve as protection from external threats, whilst minimising the risk of setting on fire.

From clay to metals and minerals

Clay tiles became very popular around the world, due to technological improvements. However, more affordable alternatives made from asphalt and/or metal became available in Western Europe, which eventually took the place as the roofing material of choice.

Modern roofing

Although clay and asphalt shingles are still much in use during modern times, new techniques together with technological developments have enabled the development of affordable metal options such as copper, lead and steel. These mimic the look of asphalt, wood, and clay, but are hardier and more affordable.

Despite all the advantages that clay, asphalt and metal roofing provide, the ongoing demand for green and clean products represent a great challenge for the industry. Roofing companies are proactively researching and developing roofs that not only are visually attractive but also are environmentally friendly. Consequently, Australian companies are turning to the use and implementation of alternative roofs such as green roofs, which, through heat and light absorption, make the air fresher and keep the temperature relatively low.

It is important to note that these new technologies are considerably higher in price and not many people can afford them just yet, however, they do deliver cost benefits and would prove to be most cost-effective in the long term.

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