J. Allen Construction

J. Allen Construction Company

Specializing in Custom, Crafted Homes in Northern Colorado

When choosing custom homes in Fort Collins, there are plenty of criteria to consider. You will no doubt spend a lot of time on the house plans, deciding where rooms should go and so on. Even after your custom home has been planned out, you will probably move on to what type of interior components you want, the type of flooring, the style of windows and so on. Really, the list is very long. But there is one major component you need to take into careful consideration and that is the type and style roof you will want on your new custom home. So we put together this little piece to help guide you through some considerations when choosing a roof for your Fort Collins custom home.dreamstime_xxl_25962864

Even if you are satisfied with having a typical roof installed on your home, there are still many things to consider. For example, asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles. But if you really want to get into the logistics of roofs, read on.

When choosing a roof for your custom home you need answers to many questions. You will want to consider how long a certain type of roof lasts, some will last as little as 20 years while others could easily last longer than 50 years. You will want to find out if the roof you desire holds up to the elements. You will definitely want to know if the roof you choose is too heavy for your home’s framing.

Some types of roofs could be better suited for you than others. You need a professional to help you factor in elements like roof slope and strength of your home’s framing. You will also want to know which type of roofing materials are fireproof and which are more resistant to rain and the wind.

Asphalt Composite Shingles

Asphalt shingles are made from paper fiber mat or fiberglass impregnated with asphalt-coated mineral granules. These shingles are petroleum based and therefore not very eco-friendly, but they can be recycled. They are not terribly durable but will offer good fire resistance and wind resistance and are relatively inexpensive.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are composed of aluminum, steel zinc alloy or copper and come with a painted finish or zinc coating. Copper roofs are installed without a finish to allow them to garner a protective patina with age. Metal roofs are available in sheets or shingles that resemble other materials and are very pleasant in appearance. These types of roofs are lightweight and fairly durable but are more expensive than asphalt.

Clay Tile

Clay tiles are made from natural clay which is fired in a kiln. If you desire a home with a traditional Italian or Spanish look, this is the roofing material for you. Tile roofs are durable and low maintenance, though the tiles can break. They are also heavy and will need reinforced roof framing for support. Tile roofs are fire resistant but are also on the expensive side.

This is just a small sample of the types and styles of roofs available.

 

 

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