Did you know that the type of roof that is best for your home or commercial building has everything to do with the climate you’re in? You might think a roof is a roof is a roof, and that there are only two major deciding factors to the type you pick: price point and aesthetics. But there are a lot more functional factors to take into consideration, and to discuss with your TN roofing specialist. A hot, humid climate like we have in the Southeast requires different things of a roof than those in colder climates.

The pitch of the roof has a lot to do with climate. Flat roofs, for example, are popular for how simple and cost effective they are to build. But this style isn’t as effective when covered with a lot of snow or in areas that see a lot of rainfall. Because the precipitation accumulates on top of the roof, rather than sliding off as it would with an A-frame or sloped roof, that weight can cause a lot of structural strain on a building, or increase the likelihood of leaks.Home builders in hot climates tend toward designs with deeper overhangs to produce more shade, while builders in colder or more overcast areas will want less overhang to maximize the amount of natural light that enters a home.