Homes across the United States exhibit a wide variety of roofing styles. Some look traditional or standard, while others incorporate unique and distinctive design based upon a variety of different influences. The materials used in roofing varies widely as well, and some materials are better suited for certain environments than others. With all of these different roofing design options, how do you know what style of roof will work best in your region? Does the design and material used even matter at all? This blog post will briefly discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different roofing designs and materials in different regions of the country.

Regional climate does affect your home’s ability to insulate and in some places, can determine what materials are necessary to ensure your home stays protected from the elements in the long run. While some climates are harsher than others, you want to choose a roofing style and material that will keep your home safe, insulated, and energy efficient as long as possible.

Asphalt shingles and metal roofing are probably the most common and widely used roofing styles in the United States, as they are suited for most environments and are the most affordable. However, asphalt shingles are vulnerable to high summer temperatures–they can become contorted in high heat and lose significant longevity. If you live in the West, for instance, where your roof is exposed to direct sunlight and extreme temperatures all summer, you should choose light-colored shingles, which reflect sunlight and divert some of the heat away from your home. Metal roofing may even be a better option–it is suitable for virtually any environment and will generally hold up for 50-100 years or more, although no roofing materials are impervious to hail damage.

If you’re going for a more natural or rustic look for your roof, high-quality wooden shingles and shakes are a great option. Redwood or cedar, for instance, are strong varieties. In rainy regions like the Northwest, however, there is a risk of wooden shingles swelling or rotting, and wooden shingles may crack after constant exposure to direct sunlight and dry air in hot climates. If you live in one of these two extremes, you may not want to choose wooden shingles or shakes. They work well in Arkansas.

In the drier climates of the South and Southwest, you will find more clay tile roofing. Clay tile is not necessarily the best choice for regions with high humidity, hail, or constant rainfall, though some Arkansas and Texas homes do have them and have held up very nicely. The clay tile style lends itself to a more “Mediterranean” or “Southwest” look and works best in the dry regions of the country that receive constant sunlight. If you live in such a region, why not choose a unique (and great) looking clay roof style that will keep your home cool!

These are just a few of the many different roofing styles used across the nation. Wherever you live, be assured that you can find the style that suits your design taste and will protect your home for many years to come!