When you are purchasing new shingles, you may not be thinking about what a luxury it is to be able to waltz down to the home improvement store and find what you need sitting on a shelf. However, roofers did not have such an easy time of it until quite recently. Cave dwellers did not have many options (which is why they dwelled in caves), and for thousands of years afterward, various civilizations kept trying to improve their circumstances. You might be surprised to learn what an interesting history the roofing industry has, and we have rounded up some fascinating facts about the good old days.
WOOLLY MAMMOTH SHINGLES
The first known roofing material was composed of woolly mammoth skins, formed into home coverings by roofing experts in 40,000 B.C. Thatching, slating, and tiling came into vogue and then went out of fashion in their turns. Finally, King John of England enacted a law that prohibited the use of any material other than clay tiles, thereby enforcing the first known building code. During this period, the mass production of shingles also began.
(RELATIVELY) MODERN MATERIALS
Major changes in the industry started 2 centuries ago, and modern technology has progressively allowed for more durable and flexible construction. For example, in the 1980s, seam tape replaced liquid adhesives, improving the quality of roofing construction. Better equipment has reduced stress on roofers and made these professionals both happier and more productive. Fossil products created more options, and the following oil crises complicated them and prompted the development of still newer technology.
Undoubtedly, the most beneficial development in the roofing industry has been the major improvements in safety. Government regulations of building practices and materials have made this aspect of the process a higher priority. Your trusty Atlanta roofers can now expect safety measures to protect them in their work, building occupants can expect to be housed under sturdier coverings, and even the environment is better protected with these increased industry standards.