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Identifying Features of Arizona Homes: Part Two

Different regions throughout the continental United States are known for having their distinct styles of residential homes. One could most likely identify what general area of the U.S. simply by observing the major trends found in the homes in that area. This post is Part Two of a multi-section piece about identifiable characteristics in Arizona homes. Part two, as follows:

Roof Shape:  Flat

The standard American home would be drawn by almost anyone to have a triangular roof, where the varying sides of a roof trace back to a singular zenith, or highest point. The top angle is typically lower on average, anywhere from 20 to 45 degrees, often creating a high roof profile.

Arizona homes, on average, differ quite prominently. Compared to other states, Arizona homes bear a nearly flat roof style. Although there are of course many types of homes to be found in any region in the country, Spanish or Adobe style homes historically typical here are made to be just angled enough for rain water to drain to the edges of the roof, and that’s all. The reason that this is done is due to the hot and arid climate; keeping an attic cool in the summer in Arizona is often an unnecessary and unmanageable feat, potentially garnering hundreds of dollars of additional cooling expenses due to the fact that warmer air rises over cooler air.

The solution to this problem has historically been a flat or nearly-flat roof. This is particularly visible in communities in the southern half of the state with older neighborhoods and developments.