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Understanding The Evolution And Future Of Roofing In New York

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The average cost oThe Evolution And Future Of Roofingf replacing a roof will vary depending on location, size of the home, roofing style, and materials. According to Forbes, the national average roof replacement cost is around $8,000, and New Yorkers can expect to pay between $4.50 and $6 per square foot for a new roof. Roofing plays a critical role in enhancing home safety and has come a long way since people left the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and started living in cities and towns. Before the modern roofing types, home buyers loved seeing roofs made from crude materials, like shingles and tile roofing. Centuries ago, roofs were made of grass, mud, straw, wood, and animal skins. Keep reading to understand the evolution and future of roofing in New York. 

Historic Roofing In NY

In the mid-17th century, clay tile roofing gained popularity in New York. Builders used clay tiles to prevent fires like those reported in London in 1666 and 1668 in Boston. The pantile or S-curved tiles and flat roofing tiles were standard features in NY buildings like the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, a replica of the Vechte-Cortelyou House built-in 1669. While roofers often used metal hangers to keep clay tiles in place, they also applied mortar between the tiles to ensure they stayed in place after heavy storms and wind. 

In the 18th century, roofs made up of copper and lead-covered critical public buildings, such as New York’s City Hall. Sheet metal roofs became more popular in the mid-1800s, and the mass production of steel triggered the adoption of metal roofs in New York homes and barns. Builders also preferred metal roofs because they were lighter, easy to install, and low maintenance. Other roofing materials used in New York over the last 200 years are wood shingles, terne plate, galvanized zinc, and slate. 

Modern Roofing Styles

Thatching was a popular roofing style until the 1900s, when asphalt shingles and modern roofing techniques like flat roofing appeared. Flat roofs are an ideal choice for many property owners in New York because they are easy to install, require minimal maintenance, save space, and are affordable. Since flat roofs are slightly sloping, they also prevent the backup of rainwater on the roof. Other types of roofs in NY worth investing in include gable, mansard, saltbox, and hipped roofs. 

While there is a wide variety of roofing materials, such as sheet metal, tile, rubberized roofing, hot and cold roofing, and steel roofing, asphalt shingles are the most popular. Asphalt shingles are durable and among the most affordable roofing materials available. Like other roof materials, the cost of asphalt roofing will vary based on the size of the home, location, and property design. 

The Evolution And Future Of Roofing

Climate change is a significant concern for property developers and city dwellers. For this reason, architects are creating green roofs, and New York buildings with green or living roofs are the Empire State Building and Javits Center in Manhattan. The benefits of green roofs include reduced effects of global warming, enhanced air quality in the city, improved insulation, and better stormwater management. 

For thousands of years, people used different materials, such as animal skin, mud, grass, and straw, to cover their homes. As people evolved from the hunter-gatherer lifestyles, they adapted new roofing materials and styles. Over the last 200 years, popular roofing in NY includes metal, tile, slate, and steel roofing. Modern-day roofs typical in homes are asphalt shingles, flat roofs, solar tiles, rubberized roofing, and green or living roofs.



Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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