The Many Elements of a Custom Roof
A roof contributes to a home’s overall beauty and value, yet often receives little consideration when it comes to customization. But custom roof options can take your home’s appearance to a whole new level. Architectural style, color, and shape are important considerations when determining the best roof style for your custom home.
Common Roofing Materials
Shingle roofs are a common choice – especially in subdivisions where the type (and even color!) must conform to predetermined standards set by the HOA. If you’re building a custom home, you may have the freedom to select from many unique and long-lasting materials such as tiles, slate, metal and recycled materials. The right roofing material, combined with overall style, will provide years of beauty and protection.
What is a Custom Roof?
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A gambrel roof performs best when using light-weight roofing material since the style itself already requires extra support bracing.
A custom roof is one that has been built to the homeowner’s specification. This not only includes the style of the roof, such as gabled, flat, gambrel, or dutch, but also the material.
Many of RoofCrafters’ roofs are specialty or custom made. This includes standing seam metal roofs, tile roofs, designer shingles, and a wide variety of eco-friendly and energy-efficient options.
Read more: 3 Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Roof
A standing seam metal roof features vertical legs with broad, flat areas between the two legs. The legs (or spines) conceal the fasteners.
There is no material more capable of protecting a structure from the elements than a metal roof. It can be used for the entire roof or as an accent to create a distinctive look. The initial cost of a metal roof is higher, but a properly-installed metal roofing system can last an entire lifetime without compromise in performance.
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Scallop-shaped tiles are an alternative to the traditional barrel shape.
Clay and concrete tiles add texture and elegance to a roof. Tiles are durable and easily withstand the extreme temperatures common to Texas.
Though clay tile roofs are often associated with Spanish-style homes, there are a variety of styles and colors to complement all sorts of architectural looks. Concrete tiles are versatile and less expensive than genuine clay. Both options are heavy and must be installed by an experienced professional.
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Shingles with bold shadow lines and tapered cut-outs create the look of slate at a fraction of the cost.
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Unique colors, such as the red shingles shown here, work well with certain styles of homes.
Most homeowners choose basic 3-tab shingles. They’re an economical choice, but lack in other areas.,. A new standard in many Austin and Round Rock neighborhoods, both for new builds and for re-roofing projects, are architectural grade shingles (also known as laminate or dimensional shingles).
Take it one step further with designer shingles. Designer shingles allow you to create a truly custom look for your home or business. They’re available in a wide array of colors and textures that can even mimic slate or tile roofs.
Environmentally Friendly Roofs
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EcoStar roofs look like traditional materials, but are actually made from recycled materials.
EcoStar products look similar to traditional slate, tile, or wood shake roofs, but are manufactured with recycled rubber and plastics. EcoStar roofs provide long life, withstand up to 100 mile per hour winds, and offer the highest impact resistance, as certified by Underwriters Laboratories. Due to its durability, EcoStar also qualifies you for insurance discounts.
Explore Custom Roofing Options!
RoofCrafters utilizes an onsite manufacturing system to create custom striations, panel widths, and accessories in a wide variety of designer colors. Make the most of your new custom home by contacting Roofcrafters’ expert project planners. Let’s explore your options today!