If you decide to have a custom home, it is sure that one of the most prominent elements is going to be its roof. The style, design, durability, and material of the custom home roof are things that have to be chosen carefully. There are numerous materials available on the market and to pick the best one, you need to know about their characteristics. DNB Construction, LLC is a professional roofing company whose dedicated roofers have finalized many custom home roofing projects and they are ready to give an overview of the most common custom home roofing materials.
Customers choose them because of their price. They are known as the cheapest roofing material which is the most common on the roofs. Asphalt shingles are easy to install and can be reinforced with some other, organic material or fiberglass to prolong the durability. They are available in many colors, emit light effectively and reduce energy costs. However, asphalt shingles, last from 20 – 25 years. In some cases, if they are made cheaply, their lifespan may be even less. Asphalt shingles don’t have proper insulation properties and they are not sustainable.
They look natural and add a naturalistic touch to the house. Their edges are clean and surface smooth since they are machine-cut. Pressure-treated pine, redwood, cedar, and cypress are some of the wood shingles types available on the market. Homeowners choose wood shingles since they are recyclable and in many cases made from salvaged trees that have fallen during wind storms. However, in the areas prone to wildfires wood shingles are frequently prohibited.
They are made with a lightweight blend of concrete. One can notice that they are rough but strong and easy to install. Their lifespan is over 50 years. Also, concrete tiles are fire and insects resistant. Those which are light-colored can reflect sunlight and increase the home’s energy efficiency. Concrete tiles are heavier than other roofing materials. Their installation needs framing as support. Custom home roof repair may be difficult if somebody steps or walks on the roof.
Metal and stone-coated metal
Custom homes metal roofing can be made of aluminum, zinc, copper, or steel. What is noticeable is the durability of these roofs, estimated to be from 50 to 100 years. There are many available styles, textures, and colors of these roofs. Today’s metal roofs are made of metals such as zinc, steel, or copper, and aluminum, and they are in demand for their durability. Metal as roofing material is recyclable. Metal roofing can prevent ice dams in winter as well as snow and water. However, this material is more expensive than others and can dent if hit with something heavy. The repairs of metal roofs are costly and the firefighters can have difficulties breaking through the roof in case of a fire in the house.
Synthetics roofing materials
These materials include rubber, asphalt, clay, and plastics. Their design is aimed at flat and low-sloped roofs. Some of these roofs last up to 50 years. Synthetics roofing materials are new and one needs to think carefully before installing them.
This material gives a European-style touch to the custom home. It gives a luxurious look and ensures low maintenance costs together with durability and reusability characteristics. However, slate tiles are heavy and if inadequately installed may cause problems with moisture. Also, slate tiles can break easily if somebody steps or walks on them. The roof repair in this case may be rather complicated.
All in all, as we presented, there are numerous custom home roofing materials that can add to the aesthetics and value of each house. But, the choice can be easier if you consult experienced roofing techs.
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