Don't Build a New Home Without Considering These 3 Roofing Realities


Roof of new homeThere are hundreds of decisions that come with building a new home. From the light fixtures and kitchen counters to the color of paint and type of grass, every nook and cranny of your new home demands your involvement.

With so many decisions to consider on the ground level alone, would it be that bad if you just tacked on a cookie-cutter roof?

Truth be told, many roofs used by home builders are pretty standard. Going with the standard option, however, isn’t necessarily the best idea for your family or your home's longterm value. Make sure you're well-informed about roofing design and techniques so that you can make the best decisions when building a new home.

To help you do that, here are three important things to know about roofs:

1. Your default material will likely be asphalt.

New homes today are most often built with asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most common standard option primarily because of their low cost.

Asphalt shingles are a tried-and-true roofing material. While they lack the novelty of a slate, copper, or tile roof, they're a classic go-to choice for the majority of homeowners. Regardless of what type of roofing material you're considering, it’s important to discuss all of your options with a trusted roofing partner or your home builder.

2. You can’t always choose your preferred roofing shingles.

Depending on where you're building your new home and your neighborhood's HOA policies, you may be limited in your shingle selection. Additionally, from a logistical standpoint, the structure or style of your home will influence what type of roof can be installed. For example, heavier materials like slate or tile require a specific home structure to properly shoulder the weight of the roof.

Flat or low-sloped roofs would have different options for roofing materials versus those with a steep pitch as well. It’s important to talk to your home builder or a trusted roofing partner to understand the specifics of your new home and what roofing options will work best.

3. You may be able to get creative with your roof.

Many owners building new homes view roofs as more than simply the protective cover for their house. Although there are some structural and policy limitations (as we discussed previously), there are still ways in which you can let your imagination and style dictate what you want to do with your roof.


Butterfly Roofs

Butterfly roofs are a unique and high-end option for homeowners who would like their roofs to resemble a work of art. These roofs invert the standard “peaked” design by featuring the roof's low point in the middle so that the sides look like a butterfly’s wings. It can be very striking!

Aside from the appealing aesthetics of a butterfly roof, this style also has its practical advantages by letting more light into the home and creating an airy, spacious feeling inside. It can also lessen the number of rain runoff points.


Green Roofs

Green roofs are also increasing in popularity. While these options typically come at a premium cost, many new homeowners enjoy the long-term benefits of options like solar panels, skylights and even rooftop gardens! Talk to your home builder or designer to understand which options are available and at what cost.

How do you picture the roof of your new home?

We can help make it a reality! Joye Roofing works with home builders across Columbia, SC and the Midlands to help you build your dream home. Contact us today to learn more.


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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.