Roof FAQs:

Q: Is a roof part of a building envelope?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a roof proportional to the amount of precipitation?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a roof determined by its method of support and how the underneath space is bridged and whether or not the roof is pitched?

A: Yes.

Q: Are roofs defined as roofs with both high reflectivity and high thermal emittance?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a roof in part determined by the roofing material available?

A: Yes, and a pitch of 3/12 or greater slope generally being covered with asphalt shingles, wood shake, corrugated steel, slate or tile.

Q: Are roofs becoming increasingly popular?

A: Yes, and in some cases are mandated by local codes.

Q: Are roofs flat?

A: Yes, and mono-pitched, gabled, hipped, butterfly, arched and domed.

Q: Is a roof often considered the best type of roofing?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a roof dependent upon the purpose of the building that it covers?

A: Yes, and the available roofing materials and the local traditions of construction and wider concepts of architectural design and practice and may also be governed by local or national legislation.

Q: Are roofs made from huge slabs of stone?

A: Yes, and several inches thick.

Q: Is a roof a matter of concern because the roof is often the least accessible part of a building for purposes of repair and renewal?

A: Yes, while its damage or destruction can have serious effects.

Q: Are roofs the climate and the materials available for roof structure and the outer covering?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a roof to protect people and their possessions from climatic elements?

A: Yes, and the insulating properties of a roof are a consideration in its structure and the choice of roofing material.

Q: Are roofs pitched for reasons of tradition and aesthetics?

A: Yes.

Q: Are roofs roofs of clay?

A: Yes, and mixed with binding material such as straw or animal hair, and plastered on lathes to form a flat or gently sloped roof, usually in areas of low rainfall.

Q: Are roofs often expensive to install – in the USA?

A: Yes, for example, a slate roof may have the same cost as the rest of the house.

Q: Are roofs to keep out water?

A: Yes.