The Evolution of Roofing

The Evolution of Roofing


Roofing styles and materials are forever evolving as technology continues to improve over time. Earlier roofing styles consisted of slate or sod roofs whereas modern roofing styles, especially modern commercial flat roofs, have made vast improvements in performance from original roof materials.

The Evolution of Roofing

Earlier Roof Models

Eagle Rivet’s Massachusetts roofing contractors have used many different materials over the years, always staying up-to-date and using the best-performing ones. What has led to flawless flat roofing applications of the 21st century first began with trial and error of materials from wood to asphalt?

Below we’ll review just how much the roofing industry has changed for a Boston roofing contractor in only a few centuries worth of time.

Mid-Century Roofing

The 17th – 19th-century roofing industry was dominated by wood, clay tiles, metals, slate and sod roofs. These earlier materials were still reliable but had their limits to how much energy efficiency they could produce. Slate and clay were common in Boston and Philadelphia and were able to resist fire. Wood was the most common roofing material in America since wood was easily sourced by American settlers. Since cities became more populated during the 19th century, the need for a more modern and fire-resistant material led to the growth of wood and slate shingles.

Modern Roof Designs

In the 20th century, asphalt roofs rose in popularity due to their strength and cost-effective materials. Asphalt shingles are still the most popular roofing material for residential homes and come in many styles and colors. They are also much easier to install and more cost-effective than previous materials. Asphalt roofs are still used on many buildings today. Other materials that became popular were metal, lead, steel, and copper roofing.

Commercial asphalt roofs changed in the 1970s when the Europeans were concerned with the underperforming asphalt for flat roof materials. Modified bitumens were then developed which were added to asphalt to enhance results. Then, the use of single factory-made flat sheets like PVC, TPO or EPDM came into fashion. One-piece membranes are easier on both cost and installation.

Modern roof development in the 21st century has led to more roof materials that deliver better performance, energy efficiency and mimic the look of natural materials like wood and slate. Commercial buildings are using flat roofs from metal and green roofs to EPDM and TPO which are more sustainable materials that deliver better results and reduce labor. Many commercial buildings in cities are going with green roofs to break up the monotony of the urban environment and

If you are thinking about a Boston commercial roof replacement or updating an older roof model – contact Eagle Rivet today. They can help you to find the perfect materials for your roof’s exact needs.

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