Design Through the Decades – part 67
Phoenix roof designs in the 1990s and 2000s.
The 1990s – Roofs:
Roofs in the 1990s in Phoenix were all about tile, tile, tile.
Pink clay tile was often used on Phoenix homes in the 1990s.
Blue clay tile showed up in small pockets around the Phoenix metropolitan area in the 1990s, mostly at condominiums. This is a 1994 Tempe, Arizona condo.
Asphalt shingles were still used by homebuilders in the 1990s. Here’s a Phoenix home with a double cross gable roof design.
The 2000s – Roofs:
Roof design finally became exciting (for roofing, that is) in the 2000s. Certainly more complex in design than just A-frame trusses and a plywood base. Hip style roofs replaced gable style roofs in the 2000s. Hip style roofs have four sides that slant toward the middle of the house; gable style roofs are two sides (like a tent) with vertical sides. Here’s a modified hip style roof from the 2000s with clay tile.
Clay tile was the most common roof material on new homes built in the 2000s. Red tile or pink tile from the 1980s and 1990s was pushed aside for grays and tans and browns. Here’s another hip style roof.
This Phoenix home’s roof has at least seven different design elements on its roof.
Clay tile is usually arched. But in the 2000s, flat clay tile gained favor with many homeowners. Flat tiles were made of clay or concrete.
Homebuilders in the 2000s opted for tile roofs on their new homes. However, owners of homes from the 1950s to 1990s with asphalt shingles began using dimensional asphalt shingles in the 2000s when replacing their roofs. Dimensional shingles are supposed to last 30 years and 40 years versus 15-20 for asphalt shingles. However, the life expectancy of dimensional shingles is 25 years and of asphalt shingles is 12-16 years in Phoenix due to the intense sun and heat.