Admitted to the Union in the year 1790, Rhode Island is the 13th state of the United States. It is home to roughly 1,098,163 people, and is the smallest in terms of area, occupying an area of 3,144 km2. The state is one of the New England states, and enjoys humid continental climate, with cold winters and equally warm summers. Rhode Island has three primary topographical areas - the coastal plains in the south of the state, the hilly uplands (which make up two-thirds of its Western part), and the rolling uplands, which lie in the middle of the former two regions. By and far, the coastal areas have the mildest climate with longer periods of higher temperatures, whole the hilly uplands face harsher and longer winters. Rhode Island is also vulnerable to storms and hurricanes, having previously fallen victim to major natural disasters in the past, such as Hurricane Bob (1991), Hurricane Donna (1960), Hurricane Carol (1954), and of course the New England hurricane of 1938.
Facing a number of extremes in weather, Rhode Island’s property owners’ prime requirement is to have a home whose roof can weather the sun, rain, snow as well as the strong winds. This makes asphalt, cedar and metal as the most commonly used materials - both among homeowners and commercial property owners. In recent years, rubber and Thermoplastic Polyolefin roofing materials have also gained popularity, for home and commercial properties respectively. In terms of design, sloping roofs tend to be more preferred and they do not accumulate rain or snow. These can be in the form of shingles, tiles or even slates - and in rare vases, a combination of any two or all three of them.
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