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Old 09-20-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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And if so, what would be the reason? I live in Europe and we have majority pitched and slope roofs here. I am assuming it's mostly because the weather. For e.g. in places like California, Arizona etc, is flat roofing more common because there is very little rain as opposed to elsewhere, or does weather have very little to do with roofing style?
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I live in Florida and almost all homes here have pitched roofs. Flat roofs are common on commercial buildings.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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And if so, what would be the reason? I live in Europe and we have majority pitched and slope roofs here. I am assuming it's mostly because the weather. For e.g. in places like California, Arizona etc, is flat roofing more common because there is very little rain as opposed to elsewhere, or does weather have very little to do with roofing style?
IMO, pitched roofs are generally more common in the US.

Weather does have a lot do with roof style. A flat roof in a region that gets a lot of snowfall would be disastrous.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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the vast majority of homes in the US have pitched roofs, and primarily asphalt shingles.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:36 AM
 
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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Pitched roofs are the most common type of roof, by far, in the vast majority of the US. In the Southwestern US, however, flat roofs are common (though pitched tile roofs are very common in those states as well). Flat roofs tend to do well in the SW because of the dryer climate, and the relative lack of snow makes a pitched roof unnecessary, but those markets are not representative of the rest of the US.
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:55 AM
 
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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Pitched roofs are by far more widely used than flat roofs for single family homes or single business buildings. There is probably a reason for that beyond architectural preference.

Flat roofs are more often used in commercial structures and multi-unit residential buildings, because they use roof space for A/C, cooling towers and other plant and facility structures, rather than use valuable land space for these things. Even so, "flat roofs" are still pitched somewhat in order to allow rainwater to run-off.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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And if so, what would be the reason? I live in Europe and we have majority pitched and slope roofs here. I am assuming it's mostly because the weather. For e.g. in places like California, Arizona etc, is flat roofing more common because there is very little rain as opposed to elsewhere, or does weather have very little to do with roofing style?


Total opposite. Most homes in the U.S. do not have flat roofs.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:32 PM
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I live in the state that probably has the most flat roofs by percentage, New Mexico, and even here pitched roofs are quite common.
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