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ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
AMERICAN CEMWOOD ROOFING
BEST ROOFING PRACTICES
BUILT UP ROOFS
CATHEDRAL CEILING VENTILATION
CERTIFICATIONS for ROOFING CONTRACTORS
CHIMNEY FLASHING Mistakes & Leaks
COLD WEATHER ROOF TROUBLE
DECKS, ROOFTOP CONSTRUCTION
EPDM, RUBBER, PVC ROOFING
EXTRACTIVE BLEEDING on SHINGLES
FIRE RETARDANT PLYWOOD
FLASHING on BUILDINGS
FLAT ROOF MOISTURE & CONDENSATION
Green House or Solarium Roof Leaks
HEAT TAPES & CABLES on Roofs for Ice Dams
ICE DAM PREVENTION
MASONITE WOODRUF FIBERBOARD ROOFING
NOISE CONTROL for ROOFS
PLASTIC ROOFING TYPES
PVC, EPDM, RUBBER ROOFING
ROOF ARCHITECTURAL STYLES - PHOTO GUIDE
ROOF CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF COLOR RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF INSPECTION SAFETY & LIMITS
ROOF LEAK DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
ROOF NOISE TRANSMISSION
ROOF REPLACEMENT SNAFUs
ROOFING FELT UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS
ROOFING MATERIALS, Age, Types
SADDLE CONSTRUCTION at CHIMNEYS
SNOW GUARDS & SNOW BRAKES
STANDARDS for ROOFING
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
TEST LABS - ROOF SHINGLE
TREES & SHRUBS, TRIM OFF BUILDING
TRUSSES, Floor & Roof
UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS on ROOFS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALK-ON ROOF SURFACES
WARRANTIES for ROOF SHINGLES
WORKMANSHIP & ROOF DAMAGE
Stone roofs: here we illustrate and discuss stone roofing in historic and contemporary use. Our page top rooftop photo may look like slates, but this is a stone roof, not slate. We mean literally, stone, cut either in giant slabs or stone cut into tiles that might be mistaken for gray slate, but are of different mineral composition. These are stone roofs, not slate roofs.
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This website provides un-biased articles about many common roofing materials, installations, inspection, defects, roofing repairs, and products. Also see SLATE ROOF INSPECTION & REPAIR - slate is the most common type of "stone" roofing used in Europe & North America.
While our page top photograph shows a modern cut stone roof, our photo at above left points out that the earliest stone roofs used a single huge stone slab (photo at left), set atop a stone or wood structure.
Where particular geology made it easy to split stones into large slabs or where such flat stones were produced by nature, they formed a natural building material. In this photo the stone roof slab is no longer in use but has been preserved along a hiking trail above Molde, Norway.
Our photo of a stone tower roof (above right) represents the transition between the megalith stone slab roof used (we guess) from Paleolithic times to modern cut stone roofing. Large stone slabs, many several feet across, but split thinner than the slab at above left, were used to form a random stone slab-tile roof on this antique building tower.
Modern Stone Roof Tile Details
Our photo (above left) shows a typical modern stone roof design. Flat stones are quarried and cut into scalloped, diamond, rectangular, and other regular shapes and applied using methods similar to slate roofing. However as our photo of stone roof tile thickness suggest above, these roofs are usually even heavier than slate and require a substantial supporting structure.
Our photos above show a minor surface delamination of a stone roofing tile (above left) and a chipped stone roof tile (above right). These are cosmetic defects. Provided the fasteners and supporting structure remain intact, this roof may last for 100 years. About that black fungus, lichens, or algae on the stone roofing in our photos above? See STONE CLEANING METHODS.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about stone roofing: installation, inspection, leaks, troubleshooting, repair
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