Metal has been used in roofing for centuries. Despite the entry of new material options in the market, it has never lost its appeal due to its remarkable durability.
Just like other resilient solutions, the longevity of different kinds of metal roofing is well-documented. Garlock-French Corporation shares the most famous architectural marvels with a metal roof, some of which you can still visit today:
Lowa Maha Paya Temple
Among the most popular historic use of metal roofing was for the Lowa Maha Paya Temple in Sri Lanka’s ancient city of Anuradhapura. Built in the 3rd Century B.C., the building got its nickname the “Brazen Palace” because of its iconic copper roof shingles.
One of the only few surviving Roman structures, its roof was originally comprised of bronze plates but later replaced with lead. Built in a time when copper was all the rage, it was the chosen roofing material by ancient Romans for the dome’s covering in 27 B.C.
Although a fire from more than 100 years ago has left it in ruins, nobody could deny the splendor of Mann Page’s Rosewell mansion. It was one of the finest structures in 18th-century Virginia—a classic example of Georgian architecture. Crowned by a lead roof, the Rosewell mansion was host to extravagant balls and parties from 1725 to 1916.
Designed by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, the Temppeliaukio Church is a massive structure carved out of solid rock. It features an impressive copper dome roof with striking skylights. Thanks to its exceptional acoustics, it’s one of the most popular concert venues in Helsinki, Finland.
At Garlock-French Corporation, we’re one of the few roofing contractors specializing in virtually any kinds of alloys. We can fabricate metal in nearly all forms to suit your unique architectural needs. To talk about your metal roofing project in Minneapolis or St. Paul, MN, contact us today!