If there’s one thing we all don’t like, it’s to be bored. When you’re bored, you’re likely to either find something productive to do or get into trouble. Hopefully, you choose the former. Humans are also known to be extremely creative, finding solutions to problems to make their lives easier. Hence, when you combine boredom and ingenuity, you get innovation, including innovation in roofing.
Texas Star Roofing serves the great people of Plano, Texas, with stellar residential and commercial roofing services, from roof replacements and installations to roof repair and roof leaks. With over 20 years of experience, we can handle any roofing job, big or small. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the most famous roofs, which may or may not have stemmed from boredom. Contact us today for a free roofing estimate!
The Most Famous Roofs
- Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Perhaps the most famous modern-day roof, the Opera House contains more than one million roof tiles from Denmark that give it its characteristic sheen. Its round panel is made out of concrete. Taking over 14 years to complete and costing almost 10 times its original budget, the Sydney Opera House welcomes thousands as they enter Sydney harbor. Announced as a competition to build the Opera House, over 200 architects submitted designs. This one was chosen, and the rest, as they say, is history.
- Hospices in Burgundy, France. Began in 1443 as a hospital for the poor near Beaune in France, this benevolent building is primarily a museum today. Texas Star Roofing in Dallas notes that the roof of the Hospices is made out of multi-colored tiles in striking patterns that are beautiful to behold. Despite the altruistic uses of the building, it was built by the ruler of Burgundy to display his wealth, which at the time these tiles were a symbol. Used as a hospital for over 500 years, the Hospices are a wealth of history and architectural beauty combined.
- Red-tiled roofs of Dubrovnik, Croatia. As much as we like cool patterns and bright colors, such as with the Hospices in Burgundy, many people also like uniformity. Hence, the red-tiled roof in the small town of Dubrovnik makes our list because of every single home in the old part of town sports this rooftop. Made out of terracotta tiles, the town is the most preserved of medieval cities, containing forts, towers, bastions, and a wall that still surrounds the city. Many movies are filmed here because of its medieval streets and shops. From an earthquake in 1667 to bombing by the Serbians in the early 1990s, Dubrovnik has stood the test of time.
- Olympiapark in Munich, Germany. Built for the Olympic Games, which were held in Munich in 1972, the roofs of Olympiapark are basically giant nets made out of cables that are transparent, but offer protection. One of the first roofs to be built using the aid of computers, the Olympiapark roofs are geometrical precision defined.
- Domed roofs in Santorini, Greece. On a quaint Greek island in the middle of the Aegean Sea almost equidistant from mainland Turkey, mainland Greece, and the island of Crete, Santorini is mainly known for its architecture, including its roofs. Here, you’ll find whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches all built on this volcanic island. The homes are small due to the constraints of the island and the lack of building materials. White roofs and white homes reflect sunlight from the sometimes intense Mediterranean sun, which helps to keep these homes cool.
- St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. One of the most recognized buildings when you visit Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican features one of the largest domes in the world. Perhaps more famous for housing the Pope and other priceless pieces of artwork, such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo and Raphael’s Rooms, St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most beautiful buildings to behold.
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Texas Star Roofing in Dallas believes all cathedrals are works of art in themselves, especially those from the Middle Ages in Europe. When you visit any of these cathedrals, you are transported in time to a world that has primitive tools, no electrical power, and incredible artisans who made up for this lack of technology. Cathedrals are majestic places full of history and are worthwhile to go out of your way to visit when the opportunity arises. That being said, we’ve picked St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna as our example of roofs you don’t want to miss. However, wherever you go, there are countless more to see. St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna stands out because of its roof. Its roof is tiled with over 200,000 individual tiles that are colored and glazed. The roof is not only multi-colored, but it makes pictures as well, such as a two-headed eagle, which represented the rulers at the time the cathedral was built in the 11th century, the Hapsburgs, and two coats of arms that represent the city of Vienna and the Republic of Austria. One other feature of the roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral is that it is incredibly steep, which is incredibly rare in a cathedral. Because of its angle, the roof is virtually self-cleaning, as no debris can withstand the force of gravity.
Texas Star Roofing in Dallas
Texas Star Roofing in Dallas believes that roofs are incredibly important to your home, both for functional value and for aesthetic value. After all, the appearance of your home does matter, and you want a roof that not only gets the job done but also complements the look and feel of your home overall. As your expert local roofer in Dallas, we can help you choose your roofing type both for your needs and for your desires. We specialize in installing residential roofing systems, as well as commercial roofing, which includes repairs and roof maintenance. Our mission is to give you the best affordable roof quickly and efficiently. We only employ the best roofers who stay up-to-date on the latest in roofing. Family-owned and operated since 1997, we care about our customers like family. When you need a residential roof repair or a commercial roof replacement, give us a call today at (972) 200-9426.