Modern architectural roofs
A wide variety of materials can be used for their construction, ranging from zinc, galvanized steel sheets or wood to ceramic tiles or slate, among others. However, even before choosing the material for our roof, we have to decide what type of roofing we want for our house.
If we had to start with the most basic classification, we could distinguish two different types of roofs: flat roofs and pitched roofs, although it is true that none of them is completely flat, since otherwise it would be impossible to evacuate rainwater. Flat roofs usually have a minimum slope of 3%.
Pitched roofs, on the other hand, usually have a slope of more than 10% for each of their slopes, which is the name given to the two inclined planes. Within this classification, we can also find a wide variety, determined to a great extent by the system used for the evacuation of rainwater:
Types of covers
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Revah Arqs presents a roof with traditional elements, such as clay tile and wood, but which is dressed with surprise and modernity by playing with shapes and shadows. The interior of the house is covered with a roof covered with red clay tile, in a long fall that leads to the pergola of the terrace and pool, which is a set of wooden blocks placed in opposite directions, so that the shadows cast are taking surprising directions, and the view of the sky becomes sensational!
A roof that rises from the ground and rises in an oscillating curve, like a terrestrial wave, until it covers the building is what Esspacio Arquitectos proposes, and it doesn’t sound bad at all! A structure that respects the environment, made of white concrete with linear textures, that allows breaks in its shape rather than eliminating trees, and that also shades the patio and interior garden in a fun and surprising way, like a white concrete wave!
The components of green roofs ensure that, on these surfaces, the runoff coefficient is very low, thus attenuating the peak flow of the runoff generated. But to be really effective in urban drainage management, it is often advisable to combine this technique with other sustainable drainage techniques.
The installation must be carefully carried out by specialists; a possible failure in the waterproofing can have dire consequences and be costly to repair. Planting must also be done in accordance with the viability requirements of the selected plant species.