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Dallas Roofing: Article About Design Verses Function

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A roofs primary function is to protect its occupants from rain, snow, and other weather conditions. For homeowners, the aesthetics of the roof deserves consideration, too. Some roof designs are specifically meant for different regions with diverse climates where they work best. These features contribute to the overall architectural look of the home. When it comes to Dallas roofing, Denton and Tarrant counties boast several designs built with the varying desert temperatures of north central Texas weather in mind.

Asphalt shingles are mostly used in the US because they stand up to extreme hot and cold temperatures. They come in all colors, sizes and shapes, and are the most useful and versatile for different types of architectural design.

Ceramic tile is one of the oldest forms of roofing and is used largely for Spanish and Mediterranean designs. Clay and concrete tiles are typical of the Southwest and seen accentuating adobe and stucco homes. They deflect sun in extreme heat and allow the house to cool. That is why they are seen in Florida and California commonly as barrel shaped ceramic tile.

Cedar shakes and shingles are rustic and blend with nature.

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They are mostly used more in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado where the cedar tree is common. They go well on homes made of wood or located in the mountains among the trees; however, Georgian style homes have a weathered look that compliments cedar too. They work with a wide range of architecture effectively, resisting moisture, UV rays and insects.

Metal roofing is usually used as sheets and found on barns, sheds and other warehouse style buildings. Since it lasts incredibly long, metal shingles are used on Billerica and Lexington style homes, structures in places with lots of snow or areas with a contemporary look.

Slate is less common in North America. It is heavy and difficult to work with, but it lasts a long time. It is often seen on steep roof peaks so the slope will let the additional weight of water and snow slide right off.

Green roofing is rather new. Soil is used as insulation to keep warmth in the home in winter and retain cooler air in the summer. The US uses it on municipal and commercial buildings of all types of designs for that reason. Pebbles and stones are added to help with drainage, which can be used in conjunction with a filter system for recycled rainwater.

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