Admitted to the Union in the year 1812, Louisiana is the 18th state of the United States. It is home to roughly 4,657,757 people, and ranks as the 31st largest state, occupying an area of 135,659 km². The state, which is sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and the North American flat plains, enjoys a humid subtropical climate - and has hot and humid summers with shorter and milder winters. Year-long-precipitation is a common occurrence for Louisiana - as is being vulnerable to thunderstorms, tropical storms, cyclones and hurricanes. Add to that the fact that the state (especially its southern part) has several inlets, bayous and marshes, weather disturbances can cause a great deal of water damage.
While having a good roofing system is a priority at all times, its importance cannot be stressed enough when it comes to Louisiana. Any property here has to have a weather-tight roofing that can offer proper protection against the sun, rain, cold and storms. It should come as no surprise that gable roofs are more popular than any other type - besides the standard gable roof, other variations such as side gable and Dutch gable are also popular. Flat roofs are also a preference, though it is largely used for non-residential properties like factories, malls, or even government offices. Generally, roofs are made with asphalt or slate, and in some cases, these are combined with an additional layer of rubber insulation. Low-pitched, almost-flat roofs built with terracotta tiles are well-used here - as they can offer ample protection at an affordable price.