The etymological root of rooftop it is found in Hispanic Arabic. The concept refers, in its most common sense, to the cover of a building that can be used in different ways.
Also mentioned as Terrace, the roof is the upper sector of a house or building. It is a flat surface that can be accessed to perform different actions: observe the landscape, hang wet clothes to dry, etc. It is also common for antennas to be installed on the roof.
Television antennas, both local network and satellite dishes (which allow access to content of international origin) are usually placed on rooftops, since signal reception from there is better than at levels closer to the I usually. In community buildings, it is common for many families to share a single antenna, for which the installation of certain accessories is necessary.
For example: “I just came from the roof: because of the gray clouds in the sky, I think it’s about to start raining”, “Can you go up to the roof and see if my pants are already dry?”, “I like to read romance novels on the roof when the sun is out.”.
Hanging out clothes after washing is another of the activities that people tend to do most often on the roof. As in the case of the antenna, in the apartment blocks all the neighbors must share the roof, although there may be divisions so that each one accesses a different part.
The roof can be used in several ways. There are even those who place chairs, armchairs and / or tables to have a outdoor environment. In this way, it is possible to organize dinners or meetings on the roof of the house. To cope with the high summer temperatures and the rains, you should never miss a structure to act as a roof, under which the aforementioned furniture is located.
There are several options for protecting rooftop furniture from the elements, including awning and the gazebo. The first must be fastened to an iron structure, the installation of which is relatively difficult for someone without the right tools and knowledge; the gazebo, on the other hand, is a kind of tent that simply demands a bit of free space and can be moved from one point to another without much effort. In both cases, the cost is not excessive but neither are they cheap items and they also require a certain maintenance.
Decorating the roof can become a real pastime, as it happens with lovers of the gardening or DIY. And, in the same way, this activity is not always very beneficial for the pocket; Although there are endless materials and accessories, many of them very inexpensive, which can be used with great dedication on the part of the user to make everything at home, it is not a pleasure that someone with a minimum wage can indulge in.
In the case of buildings high rise, the roof can be used for the installation of a heliport: a space for helicopters to take off and land. These heliports can be used for the transfer of passengers or for emergency flights. It goes without saying that this use is not normal, and in fact it cannot be seen in all cities, but in the most developed ones.
In colloquial language, the head of a person as a roof. From there comes the expression “Be bad from the roof”, which refers to an individual who suffers some type of mental imbalance.