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Roof Styles: How to Keep Costs Down in your New Custom Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 @ 06:12 AM

Roof styles, lines, pitch and personality for new custom homes

How to Keep Costs Down with Roofing Options:  What You See Impacts What You Pay 

If there’s a certain type of roof you like, you can ask your custom Roof Styles | How to Cut Cost | Raleigh Custom Home Buildersbuilder how it can work with the floor plan you have in mind. You may be surprised at how much a roofline can affect the personality of your new home. But knowing a few basic facts can help you from being surprised by the price.  

Some changes are easy to implement, with very little difference to the bottom line. Others will incur accompanying costs that are in line with the complexity. Here’s how to tell the difference:

Roof Styles

Today's new custom homes often have variations that maintain the integrity of the intended design, while accommodating different layouts and budgets.

Your custom home builder can show you how a style with a mid-level pitch and several gables and valleys can add a lot of sophistication, but still be at the mid to lower end of the cost spectrum.

The more complex the roof, the higher the cost. But when you determine the roof line for your new custom home, be aware that it isn’t like flooring, cabinets or even walls that can be updated later. The roofline and architectural design extremely difficult to revise once your new home is built - so find the best fit before you start.

Roof Lines

Roof lines are a huge factor in the overall curb appeal of your new custom home.

Roof Styles | How to Cut Cost | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersThe number of gables, hips, and valleys in a roof can affect aesthetic appeal as well as cost.

  • A gable is a triangular section of wall formed by the intersection of two sections of roof.
  • A valley is where two sections of roof meet and connect on the downward slope.
  • A hip is where two rooflines meet at the top. This example shows nine different hips on the front of the home, counting the small dormer window.

Roof Pitch

The pitch of a roof is the steepness.

Roof Styles | How to Cut Cost | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersAn 8/12 roof climbs 8 inches in height for every 12 inches in width.

The shallower the roof pitch, the lower the cost. Construction entails less roofing, less framing materials and less framing labor both for the roofing as well as the roof’s support system.

For example, lower cost homes are often constructed with a simpler 4/12 or 5/12 roof pitch. However, this can limit attic space, particularly on a smaller home.

The sample here shows a 6/12 roof pitch. 

Roof personality

Shallow roof pitches are usually not as interesting as a steeper roof pitch, so pitch that is based on price should be balanced against the overall appeal you’re looking for.

Pitch lines can also make a huge difference in the way your new home is viewed. “Box homes” that have virtually no intricate roof lines or pitch emphasize the ability to offer more floor space. But your new home builder or designer can show you how to make the best of both.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Raleigh, NC?

Cost depends on size, amenities, and other less known aspects, including the condition of your lot and the requirements of your development. For a free building cost estimate, click here or call 919-278-8070.

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