Stone Roofing Examples, Ancient and Old Stone Roof Designs
While our page top photograph shows a modern cut stone roof, our photo at above left points out that the earliest stone roofs often used a single huge stone slab (photo at left), set atop a stone or wood or earthen structure. In this photo the stone roof slab is no longer in use but has been preserved along a hiking trail above Molde, Norway.
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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.
Our photo of a stone tower roof (above) 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.
Antique Stone Roof Details
Moving right along from paleolithic times to examples of very durable stone roofs of more moden vintage we take a look at buildings just a few hundred years old.
Shown above and in closer detail below is a stone-roofed inn in Wolvercote, Oxford in the U.K.
And below we see how the roofer sealed the stone roof at the buiding's gable-ends.
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 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?
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