A roof is usually the highest covering of any structure, with all supporting structures and materials required to support it on top of the structure or on permanent uprights, giving maximum protection to the structure from the elements, rain, sun, extremes of heat, and snow. Roofing is often called the skin of a building as it covers and protects the building structure from external elements. A roof is normally attached to the building on a permanent structure at the same place where it is built or is fixed on the top of a gable. A number of different types of roofing are available for a variety of building structures, each offering unique protection, strength, flexibility, and affordability. The roofing of a barn, stable, home, or other such building will be different than the roofing of an office building.
The roofing of a barn, stable, home or other such building may have sloping roofs, flat roofs, or pitched roofs. Flat roofs are generally used in areas that receive direct sunlight throughout most of the year, while pitched roofs are better suited for those that need to cover a limited area, such as a greenhouse. For buildings that face the elements such as rain or snow, asphalt shingles are commonly used. Asphalt shingles are strong and durable, but cost a little more than slate, tile, or metal roofs. They are also easy to maintain and clean.
When it comes to the materials used to manufacture roofs, the most commonly used are wood, metal, slate, tile, gypsum, and cellulose. Wood and stone roofs are more commonly found on homes and buildings than on barns or businesses. Gypsum and cellulose roofs are more suitable for permanent structures and are commonly used as a supportive layer against the primary structure to protect it from weathering and erosion. A good roofing material should be resistant to rot and damage from the sun. If you are planning to change your roofing material, it is important that the new material is stronger, durable, and more economical compared to the material that was used before.