How do I know if I am choosing the right roofing? Like all things in planning for a custom home, you have to evaluate the importance of the roofing in the overall cost of the home. To some people, a metal roof is extremely important; others would rather put their money into more porches. To others a warranty is the most important factor. There are a variety of roofing materials to give you just the right aesthetic look depending on weather conditions for your area (i.e. snow loads and wind conditions), and the price point you are considering.
The most common roofing products are asphalt shingles, metal roofing, wood, slate and stone coated steel:
These are the most popular roof covering in the United States. They are easy to install, have a variety of colors, shapes and weights to appeal to different styles, and can be the lowest price point of roofing.
Wood Shake Shingles
Wood shingles are not as popular today as they were in the past because costs have risen dramatically and getting insurance is a problem in some areas. Fireproof shingles are available now but are expensive. Some manufacturers will provide a warranty and some will not. There is a polymer shingle made to look like wood shake available now too, which may be an option worth considering.
Metal roofing falls into two categories. The first is called a standing seam metal roof. A standing seam roof is a metal roofing system, where continuous interlocking panels run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves. It is available in a variety of colors, may last almost as long as your house does and is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. The price is 5 times the cost of asphalt shingles once installed. A metal roof with exposed fasteners is the second option. The product is the same as the standing seam roof but is attached differently. These panels do not have the interlocking design of the standing seam and the screw heads are exposed to the weather.
Clay Tile Roofing
This product is produced in clay and in concrete. It is an all-natural product available in the traditional Spanish barrel style or in a shake look.
Slate is quarried rock that is exceedingly tough and durable. It is fire and water resistant and has minimal maintenance. It is very heavy and may require additional roofing support. It is also quite expensive.
Stone Coated Steel
These shingles are for homeowners who want the performance of metal roofing but the look of either a shingle, clay tile, slate or a shake roof. All profiles are available in a stone coated steel.