10 Crazy & Uncommon Facts About Roofs That Will Blow Your Mind!

At Hawaiian Built Roofing, we’re all about keeping your roofs over your heads in the best shape possible. But who says roofing can’t be fun? From the heart of Treasure Valley, we bring you some of the most bizarre, mind-boggling facts about roofs that most people wouldn’t know. So, grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and get ready to have your mind roofed!

1. The Colorful Roofs of Greenland: In Greenland, houses have different colored roofs to indicate their purpose – commercial, governmental, or personal. Imagine if we applied that here in Treasure Valley; navigating would be a whole new game!

2. Thatch Lasts Decades: Thatched roofs, often seen in English cottages, can last up to 50 years or more. That’s right, those seemingly delicate roofs are tougher than they look!

3. A Roof Over 5,000 Years Old: Archaeologists have found roofs in China over 5,000 years old. Talk about standing the test of time!

4. Green Roofs in Ancient Times: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, were essentially an early form of green roofing. Modern green roofs are cool, but Babylon set the trend thousands of years ago.

5. Rooftop Highways for Goats: In Norway, some grass roofs are so sturdy that goats use them as their personal highways. Just imagine goats casually trotting above your head!

6. The Solar Revolution: The world’s largest solar roof is found on the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China. It spans over 800,000 square feet. That’s a lot of solar panels!

7. Roof Gardens Are Ancient: The idea of roof gardens dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. The rich would build ziggurats with gardens on each terrace, creating a luxurious, multi-level green space.

8. The White House Roof: The White House in Washington, D.C., has a flat roof that is used for both security and staff recreation. It’s not just a residence; it’s a mini leisure complex!

9. A Temple Roof Made of Gold: The Golden Temple in India has a roof coated in pure gold, reflecting brilliantly under the sun and adding a divine glow to this sacred site.

10. St. Stephen’s Cathedral’s Colorful Roof: In Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral boasts a roof with over 230,000 glazed tiles, forming a mosaic of the double-headed eagle, a symbol of the Habsburg dynasty. It’s a true piece of art up there!

Roofs, More Than Just Shelter!

Who knew roofs could be so fascinating? From green roofs that date back to ancient times to colorful tiles that tell historical tales, there’s so much more to roofs than just providing shelter. At Hawaiian Built Roofing, we’re passionate about all things roofing, and we hope you’ve enjoyed these fun facts as much as we have. Remember, whether you need your roof inspected, repaired, or just want to chat about the interesting world of roofing, we’re here for you in Treasure Valley. Let’s keep our roofs—and our spirits—high!

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