Admitted to the Union in the year 1861, Kansas is the 34th state of the United States. It is home to roughly 2,937,880 people, and ranks as the 15th largest state, occupying an area of 213,100 km². The landlocked state has 3 distinct climates - humid continental - characterized by hot and humid summers and cold winters with spring and summer-time precipitation (seen by the eastern two-thirds of Kansas), semi-arid steppe - seen by the western third of the state and characterized by drier summers and variable winter temperatures, and humid subtropical climate - with hot and humid summers, mild winters and heavier precipitation levels - seen in the southeastern and far south-central regions.
Regardless of the climatic zone, hot summers are a mainstay in Kansas - which makes temperature regulation a much-needed feature in rooftops. Add to that the fact that the state receives an average of 40 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow annually makes it absolutely essential for roofing systems to be able to adapt to changing weather with little wear and tear. This makes metal and slate the most qualified materials for the job, both offer ample protection against all of these elements, while also providing a sense of aesthetic appeal. Both of these are available in different designs, suited for a wide range of purposes. In recent years, however, Kansas has seen the rise of alternate roofing systems that are just as beneficial - these include Tesla-style solar roofs (where shingles double as solar panels), steel roofing (which uses DECRA industrial strength steel in metal roofs), polymer roofs (which uses polyurethane fashioned to look like clay or slate), and SBS impact resistant roofing (which uses the combination of styrene-butadiene-styrene as an alternative to standard asphalt).