A good roof not only protects you from the elements, it adds richness and texture to the look and feel of your custom home.  From metal to composition to slate to tile, there are a wide variety of roofing options; each with it’s own characteristics in terms of quality and design.

When building a luxury custom home, we always use the highest quality materials available to make sure your roof stays around for years to come.  Here is a brief overview of the different options available to you.


The Roof System 1

Composition Roof

Composition Roof

Composition roofing is the most common roof system we install.  There are many different brands, styles, and colors to choose from.  We typically install architectural-style shingles that come with a “lifetime” warranty (which means if there is a manufacturer defect they will replace the shingle, but labor is only covered for the first ten years.  This also varies from manufacturer to manufacturer).  Composition shingles are also an economical choice compared to other options available like metal and tile.


The Roof System 2

Standing Seam Metal

Metal Roof

A metal roof system is another popular option.  The most attractive (but also more expensive), metal roof option is called a Standing Seam.  The system comes in panels and are attached to the roof deck with metal clips and screws, which are hidden by the next panel installed.  The seams between the metal panels are then hemmed together to form a watertight barrier.


Quite often we will use a combination of composition roofing and metal roofing on our custom home projects.  Sometimes this is for aesthetic purposes, and other times it necessary in order for the roof to perform to our standards.  In situations that call for a roof with less than a 4” pitch, a metal roof can help you avoid the warranty issues you might have with composition shingles.


The Roof System 3

Flat Roof

Flat Roof

Flat roofs are becoming more and more common in the modern homes we build.  While flat roofs sometimes concern homeowners, they can be a good option to achieve a distinct modern look as long as they are installed properly.  (The next time you are driving around town, notice  all of the commercial buildings that have flat roofs).


The Roof System 4

Tile Roof

Tile Roof

Tile roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and, unlike composition or metal roofs, can be “custom blended” to give your home a one-of-a-kind look.  What this means is you can choose several colors and install them together in a pattern or random configuration.  Tile roofs are some of the most beautiful and longest lasting roofing options you can choose for your home.


Tile roofs are a more expensive option as they typically last two to three times longer than composition shingles.  Tile roofs are heavy and require more structural reinforcement than composition or metal roofing, which also adds to the cost.


The Roof System 5

Slate Roof

Slate Roof

A slate roof is one of the highest quality, longest lasting, and arguably the most beautiful roof you can install.  The tiles come in varying sizes, thicknesses, and colors.


Like tile roofs, slate roofs are very heavy.  The home needs to be engineered to hold the slate’s weight, which means the framing on the home typically needs to have a stronger system in place.  This, of course, adds to the cost of installation.


Slate roofs are the most expensive roofing option you can choose for your home as they can last over 100 years.



As you can see there are several options to choose from when selecting the right roof for your home.  In addition to the type of roof to choose, each option typically has a wide variety of styles and colors, which can be overwhelming for some.   This is one area where our designer can narrow the options for you to help you choose the perfect roof for the look you are going for.


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