A whole lot more houses were cement block with
zinc roofs this time around in Liberia. In the past, there were
many more adobe block homes with thatch on top. There are pluses
and minuses with each kind of roof. Zinc keeps out the rain. Thatch
keeps the home cooler. Zinc lasts longer. Thatch needs to be replaced much more often. Zinc echoes loudly as the tropical
rains pound atop. Thatch leaks. All I know for sure, thatch just
looks so much more exotic.
away from the capital, the more thatch and adobe you'll find. Around
Gbarnga, Ganta, Zorzor and Fish Town, I found a lot of adobe homes
that were decorated by local artists. There might not have been
a lot of supplies, but it was fascinating to see how creative some
local homeowners were. Artists used brooms, their hands, or fingers to
decorate their walls. The two most creative villages I found were
Jennepleta near Ganta and Tugbaken near Fish Town.
You must remember that 99.99% of the homes in the interior do not look like this. The usual look for adobe is simply dried mud. But, the artist in me really appreciated when another artist took the time to add a creative touch - even when the surface was dried mud.