Choosing A Roof
Choosing the type of materials and style you want for your roof is an important part of the home-building and -maintenance process. There are many options, all of them with unique advantages and disadvantages. As expert home-builders, we recommend that you carefully balance cost, aesthetics and longevity when you choose what roof is best for you. There are three main types of roofing material - asphalt or fiberglass shingles, wood shingles or metal.
Building Materials - Cost
Generally speaking, asphalt or fiberglass shingles are the cheapest option, followed by wood shingles (depending on type used) and than by metal roofs. Prices vary by area, and you'll find that the type of shingle, wood or metal used is the main factor in determining materials cost. For instance, asphalt shingles cost slightly more than fiberglass shingles, redwood shingles cost more than cedar shingles, and copper roofs cost more than aluminum roofs. You should always keep in mind that materials cost is only one part of the total cost - factoring in labour and maintenance costs will give you a more accurate assessment of the costs versus the benefits of a particular material.
Building Materials - Aesthetics
Personal taste is highly subjective, so a big part of your decision-making process should be picking a roof that fits the overall look of your home. Wood shingles can be a bit pricey, and they require consistent maintenance to last, but they are highly-valued for the rustic, textured look they provide. Traditional shingles are the standard roofing material in Canada, and so there is an endless amount of colours, shapes and styles you can choose from. Metal roofing was not always attractive, but in recent years, huge strides have been made, and now many people say they prefer the look of a nicely-installed metal roof.
Building Materials - Longevity
Different roofing materials have vastly different lifespans. A traditional asphalt or fiberglass roof can last anywhere from 10-25 years. Wood roofs, assuming consistent maintenance, can last from 30-40 years. Metal roofs are the longest lasting of all - they can last from 40 to 70 years, often far longer than the homeowner has the home! When choosing a builder or contractor, make sure you ask them about their warranty or guarantee policies. Many will guarantee a roof for a set amount of time, and getting such a guarantee helps protect your investment.
Conclusion We hope that we've given you some insight into the different considerations that need to be taken into account when picking a new roof. Like this post? Let us know!
Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Home
Here at Guenther Homes, we can help you avoid many of these mistakes and pitfalls. When considering or moving forward with such a large purchase decision, it is important to have a clear and concise vision of what you want, how much you want to spend, and how you are going to achieve it. As experts with many years of experience, we can help you figure all of this out. But in the meantime, here are some things to be aware of:
1. Pick the right HVAC system.
You've got yourself a beautiful new home. The finest trim or moldings, the nicest cabinetry, the most compelling materials and colours... but you cheaped out on your HVAC unit. Now you're either too hot or too cold, all the time. Avoid this very common mistake by making sure the HVAC unit you purchase it just right for your home - not too big, not too small, but just right.
2. Plan well.
Take your time putting together your floor plans. It is important to consider your long-term needs, your financial shape, and to prioritize the features you want. Is storage space crucial? How long are you planning on staying in the home? Do you anticipate having more kids in the future? Do you anticipate a career change at some point in the future? Do you really want a bathroom that big? There are many decisions to make when it comes to building a new home - don't make it any harder by failing to plan ahead.
3. Hire the right builder.
This is to be expected from a Builder, right? Maybe so, but it's nonetheless vitally important. The right builder can make the home building process much, much easier. We coordinate contractors, worry about deadlines, and generally take care of everything along the way. If you don't have a builder you can trust, you won't get what you want. So make sure you pick a builder that you can trust.
4. Have an emergency budget.
It's always a good decision to have a bit of a nest egg that you can fall back on. The same is true of custom home building. Sometimes things pop up, sometimes they don't - either way, it is important to be prepared. The usual suggestion is having an extra 10% of your total budget set aside. This way you can handle anything that pops up along the way.
In our next blog post, we'll get into more design specific suggestions for those considering building a custom home. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us - in the meantime, I hope we've helped!