Admitted to the Union in the year 1845, Texas is the 28th state of the United States. It is home to roughly 29,145,505 people, and ranks as the 2nd largest state, occupying an area of 695,662 km2. Given the enormity of the state, it is not far-fetched to assume that it encompasses multiple climatic zones. Broadly put, the climate ranges from humid in the east, to arid in the west - it is locally said that the area west to Interstate 35 is arid, while the one east to Interstate 35 is more subtropical. More specifically speaking, there are 5 distinct climatic zones - each of which encompass South Texas, Piney Woods, Northern Plains, Texas Hill Country, and the Trans-Pecos Region. Texas is also infamous for being the number one state when it comes to being vulnerable to tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, el-ninos and extreme temperatures.
For a state with that many climatic zones, it is hardly surprising that a variety of roofing designs claim popularity here. Overall, there are six very popular types of roofing systems - each of which come with their own strengths and weaknesses. The six types are asphalt shingle roofs, tile roofs, metal roofs, composite slate roofs, composite Spanish tile roofs and cedar shake roofs. In recent years, however, many homeowners who have the budget are opting for greener alternatives such as vegetative roofing and roofs with solar tiles.