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A world above our heads

Did you know The traditional Spanish Masia (farmhouse) roofs were built to last? Hand-made roof tiles, tejas overlap each other and brace themselves against the elements. Under the tejas are sheets of woven cane, hurdle covered in mud, and cal to hold the tiles. Balanced usually unevenly by pine beams, vigas, these sturdy and very heavy roofs are supported by thick stone walls. Although wood rots quickly in Spain and new beams hardly seem to have any life at all, even though treated, these old roof beams, if kept dry, are sometimes very old indeed.

However regular maintenance is necessary and broken tekas are replaced. there are many modern alternatives that from a distance give the appearance of a traditional roof but are easier to install and cheaper than the tejas method. However, did you know that a whole ecosystem is sharing your roof with you? Our masia has many roofs large and small as the house was expanded. We are hosts to Pipistrelle Bats, Lots of tiny birds, swallows, lizards, snakes, bees, spiders, and yes mice, rats, and big spiders. One the highest part of the roof perches a giant owl waiting to be last in this food chain. Therefore please be careful in your roof restoration, our masia roof is a living breathing ecosystem that has been here a lot longer than I have or will be. In the words of John Lennon, “If it don’t leak, Let it be”