In this series, the professionals at the B.O.L.D. Company will take you through the process of building a custom home in the Greater Cincinnati â€“ Northern Kentucky area. From plan and lot selection, to mortgage approval, to the actual construction, weâ€™ll take you behind-the-scenes each week for an inside look at a different part of the process.
This week, we look at roofing options:
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material: attractive, inexpensive, and long-lasting, these shingles provide great value for the money. Regular asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and color combinations and are guaranteed for at least 20 years, sometimes 30! Architectural asphalt shingles are thicker (giving a three-dimensional look) and come in color combinations that resemble wood shakes or slate roofing, as well as all the colors and color combinations available in regular asphalt shingles.
Other roofing options include: metal — ranging from inexpensive galvanized, to middle-of-the-road steel panels, to high-end copper roofing, all of which should last close to 50 years; wood shingles or shakes — while adding character to the home, this roofing material is high maintenance and expensive to install; slate — a beautiful and old-style traditional look, but expensive, especially when you consider the extra structural support necessary to handle its weight; ceramic or clay tile — think of Florida and California, where the sun is especially hard on asphalt shingles — elsewhere, these tiles are generally prohibitively high-cost due to the material and the very great weight of the tiles (though a ceramic roof will last for more than 50 years!)
These days, you might consider researching the “latest and greatest” engineered products for roofing. For example, slate, wood shingle, and wood shake look-a-likes made from recycled rubber, plastic, and/or other materials are available at much lower cost and weight than the originals. They also meet strict fire codes!
Remember that whatever type of roofing material you install, it is IMPERATIVE that it be properly installed and accompanied by flashing and trim as needed — a beautiful roof is great, but the most important purpose of the roof is to protect your home against the elements, particularly water!
B.O.L.D. Homes, a B.O.L.D. company, has been established as among the premiere Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky custom home builders since 1986. We have well over 500 customer designed homes to our credit. Work one-on-one with the owners of the company â€“ including a licensed real estate broker, a licensed real estate agent, a licensed professional engineer, and a CAD draftsman/designer â€“ to design your dream home full of the features important to you. We can help you find a balance between luxury and budget.