Hello and welcome to Tradroofing.com.

Hello and welcome to Tradroofing.com.

I build, design, and train permanent architecture.  What makes permanent architecture different from all the rest?  More importantly why should we want or require permanent architecture?!

Frugality is the obvious reason.

Planned obsolescence  is only beneficial to the folks selling the materials. In the case of the roofing industry: we have an ocean of product choices on the market.  The fundamental problem with these manufactured materials such as asphalt shingles or even cedar is deterioration, usually in less amount of time than it would take for the mortgage to mature.  Much like that new car that depreciates, your roof is loosing value as soon as it is installed if you are using a product like asphalt.  Even most metal roofs on the market have this issue of planned obsolescence because although the metal may be sound for more than 30 years: all of the manufactured bits and fittings they use rely on caulking, butyl tape or even rubber gaskets to make the roof water-tight.

To get a truly permanent roof: you must use the traditional materials, and methods that have already been proven to last 100 years or more.
When you install a permanent roof, that assembly becomes an asset to the structure rather than a cost-center.  Properly built roofing requires very little maintenance if at all, and increases the insurable value of the property.

What does it take for a roof to be permanent?

Materials should be raw materials.  Slate, Clay Tile, Copper, Zinc, and Stainless Steel.  That’s a short list however you can create lasting permanence if you combine those raw ingredients with the proper knowledge.  Manufactured building materials leave a lot to be desired for the permanent roofer, they rely on a less-educated installer rather than a craftsperson that is making something from raw slate or coil.  We rely on the outstanding track records of these natural materials, and use the to protect our ancestors from water for a verifiable history of use spanning at least 1500 years.

Where the walls, and foundation are concerned: the formula is quite simple: stick to load-bearing masonry.  

The long-term approach to design and planning of structures is beneficial to all in the long run.

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