World Records in Roofing
In today's article, we are going to examine a few world records related to the roof industry. Some roofs are so wide they have set records of their own, some records are set by people performing insane stunts on top of roofs. Either way, these stories make for fascinating reading.
Fastest time to break 1,000 roof tiles
This exhausting record was set for females by former world Tae Kwon Do champion Lisa Dennis. The 40 year old martial artist managed to smash 1000 clay roof tiles using only her bare hands - it took her a record time of 83.98 seconds. The male record was set by martial artist Chris Pitman, who took only 51.08 seconds to smash them all.
Longest roof span covered by a single metal corrugated sheet
This is one record that will be of particular interest to those in the construction industry - you all know what it's like to cover roofs with sheets of corrugated iron. Well, in Rembang City in Indonesia, PT. Utomodeck Metal Works managed to cover 200.9m of open space with just one sheet of corrugated metal. We don't want to think about how much flat roof demarcation that took...
Biggest ever gingerbread house
Building a gingerbread house always results in a dilemma - it's a sweet treat, but do you really want to eat your time-consuming creation? Well, one group in Texas built a gingerbread house that is simply too big to eat. This 21-foot tall confectionary construction required 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of all-purpose flour, and 1,080 pounds of ground ginger to make. The resulting mixture was then set over a wooden frame to create a life-size gingerbread house. Icing and other toppings were then set on the roof and around the exterior. What the builders did not expect is for swarms of bees to take interest! They would come to the house in the summer and then eat so much sugar that they would become drunk.
Largest single-span concrete flat roof
Similar to our corrugated sheet story, this record is about a single-slab flat roof. This slab, however, is made of concrete, and stretches 36.3 metres over a 5000-seat hall in the city of Jaipur in India. Lifting slabs of concrete is not easy when it comes to building roofs - imagine the difficulty with a 36.3m slab!