THE WINDOW, ROOFING AND SIDING DETAILS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER DURING THE CUSTOM HOME BUILDING PROCESS

WINDOWS

What window styles are you interested in for your new home?

Traditional double hung windows are ideal for just about any room. They feature two sashes that slide vertically and tilt-in for easy cleaning.

Modern sliding windows have two or three sashes and slide left or right.

Casement windows are hinged on one side and open with a crank.

Hinged at the top and open outward. Often placed below larger fixed windows to allow for ventilation.

Picture windows don’t open but provide maximum viewing and natural light.

If you’re looking for a dramatic view, bay windows are a good choice. Three windows extend from an exterior wall, with the middle window typically being fixed, and two operable side windows.

Bow windows also open up any room to the outdoors. Four or more windows form a curve, and the windows can be fixed or operable.

Garden windows are often found in kitchens and project out from the home to allow the perfect amount of sunshine to filter through the four sides for growing plants or spices.

Hoppers are your typical basement windows. They are hinged at the bottom and open inward at the top.

What window design features are appealing to you?

Choose from various interior and exterior colors for your window frames and trim accessories.

If elegance is what you’re looking for, than designer glass is for you. Classic and original patterns add old world style and sophistication while contemporary styles offer hints of Deco and Modern Prairie. Or, consider going with a designer glass option that features obscure glass to create a focal point and conversation starter in any room.

Think a round window will suit a space better than the typical rectangle? Give it a try! Quarter rounds, extended eyebrow and half circle windows are unique choices as well.

Finally, grilles and hardware in various patterns and finishes complete the windows you choose for your home.

What window materials are you considering?

Aluminum doors and windows are very lightweight and durable; the material is resistant to corrosion and does not rust. Maintaining aluminum windows is quick, easy and cheap as you’ll never have to paint them. Aluminum is ideally suited for construction of large doors and sliding windows thanks to the robustness of the material. They are also environmentally friendly and resistance to flame damage. One disadvantage of aluminum is that it doesn’t have the insulating qualities of vinyl and wood windows. Therefore, it works well in warmer climates but not as well in parts of the country with long winters. Aluminum is the least “green” of all window types, are more prone to condensate and are susceptible to corrosion in salt water environment.

Vinyl’s insulating properties make vinyl windows a very energy efficient type of window. They are durable and will not peel, blister or fade; you will never have to sand or paint the window frames. Vinyl is the least expensive of all window materials and come in many styles, sizes and colors. Some disadvantages to vinyl windows are; they may discolor in extreme weather conditions, custom (nonstandard) window sizes can get expensive and they don’t add much value to the home during resale as compared to aluminum or wood.

Wooden windows offer the best insulation value; they are extremely strong and durable and can be painted or stained to match any decor. They are renewable and can be fabricated into a variety of shapes and sizes. Wooden windows also provide a great return on investment since they are preferred by many home buyers. Some disadvantages of wooden windows are the higher cost of materials, the regular maintenance required and their susceptibility to rot, mold and mildew.

What window performance options are important to you?

Double or triple panes of glass with gas fills offer up to nine times the insulation of single-pane windows, while the right Low-E option helps maintain the temperature of your home.

U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Light Transmittance all combine to make sure your windows are as energy efficient as possible, saving you on heating and cooling costs.

Keep the sound of traffic and neighbor’s outside with sound-control windows.

UV rays can damage your carpet and upholstered furniture. Look for windows that provide coatings to prevent those harmful rays from ruining your interior.

ROOFING

What Materials Are Available For Roofing?

  • The most commonly used of all roof materials, 80% of residential roofing
  • A fiberglass medium that’s been impregnated with asphalt and then given a surface of sand-like granules.
  • Two basic configurations:
    • The standard single-thickness variety – cost half as much, last 15 years plus
    • And thicker, laminated products – have an appealing textured appearance and last roughly half
  • Available in traditional 3-tab shingles or thicker laminated architectural shingles.
  • Easy to install
  • Dozens of colors
  • 15-30 year life expectancy
  • Not eco-friendly but can be recycled
  • Moderate weight
  • Good fire resistance, fair wind resistance
  • Algae-resistant shingles are available in humid climates to prevent staining.
  • Least expensive option
  • Usually made of cedar, redwood, or southern pine
  • Gives natural look, weathers to a silvery gray
  • Available in sawn shingles or thicker split shakes
  • 15-25 year life expectancy
  • Good wind resistance, low fire resistance unless treated
  • Moderate weight
  • Moderate cost
  • Usually aluminum, steel, zinc alloy
  • Available in sheets for seamed roofs or in shingles
  • Can come with either a zinc coating or painted finish
  • Durable, last longer, 50+ year life expectancy
  • Good resistance to fire and wind
  • Lightweight
  • Can be installed with the fasteners hidden (standing seam) or exposed
  • Eco-Friendly – can be recycled
  • Moderate cost
  • Made from a mixture of Portland cement and sand
  • A less expensive alternative to clay tiles
  • Can be made to resemble traditional clay tiles, wood shakes, or slate
  • Very durable, 50+ year life expectancy
  • Very heavy, require reinforced roof framing to support
  • Very fire resistant, fair to low wind resistance
  • Moderate cost
  • Made to resemble slate or wood shakes
  • 50+ year life expectancy
  • Very durable high-tech synthetic material
  • Can be recycled
  • Light to moderate weight
  • Good fire and wind resistance
  • Moderate cost
  • Available in sheets for seamed roofs or in shingles
  • Installed uncoated and acquire a protective green patina with age
  • Durable, last longer
  • Good resistance to fire and wind
  • Can be installed with the fasteners hidden (standing seam) or exposed
  • Eco-Friendly – can be recycled
  • Lightweight
  • High cost
  • Natural clay fired in a kiln
  • Unique half cylinders appearance, traditional Italian or Spanish look
  • Can also be made to resemble wood shakes or slate
  • Very durable, 50+ year life expectancy
  • Excellent fire resistance, fair to low wind resistance
  • Heavy, require reinforced roof framing to support
  • High cost
  • Made from natural slate rock
  • 75+ year life expectancy, among the most durable of all roofing materials
  • Wind and fire resistant
  • Steep sloped roofs only
  • Heavy, require reinforced roofing structure to support
  • Very expensive, requires specially trained workers to install

Commonly Asked Roofing Questions

Traditional 3-tab asphalt shingles

Slate roofs are the most expensive option

Clay tile roofs have excellent fire resistance