Benefits and Drawbacks of Your Custom Home Roofing

What are Your Roofing Options

It is important that you know what your roofing options are. The more you know about what is available, the more likely it is you will find something perfect for your custom home. In this blog, UrbanLux Builders has the pleasure of going through each of your roofing options with you. Not only will we be able to dive into the benefits of these roofing options, but we will also go over some of their drawbacks as well. Stay tuned!

Why Roofing Matters

Why does your roof matter? Well, aside from being your main protector against the elements, your roof keeps in heat and provides shelter for you and your family. Obviously, your roof is important, which is all the more reason to get the perfect one for your home. You should know, however, that no two roofing materials are the same. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks to consider. So, before diving into your roofing project, it is important to consider all of the below options and their factors.


Asphalt roofing is generally a crowd favorite for two reasons. First, it has many different color options. This can be beneficial to homeowners who have a specific color scheme in mind for their home. Second, asphalt roofing is generally more durable than other roofing options. Not only that, but is it one of the easiest roofing options to install. This means that you can have a stunning roof installed twice as fast and with less labor involved.
Something you should consider before “putting all your eggs in one basket” is that asphalt roofing has drawbacks. One of the most considerable drawbacks of this roofing material is that it is not environmentally friendly. Though it is one of the most popular roofing options, it is one of the worst materials for the planet. Why? Well, the shingles of asphalt roofing are made from petroleum products. What is so problematic with this type of material is that it is not recyclable. That means that multiple resources are used to create the shingles of an asphalt roof, but it is not renewable.
Another drawback of this type of roof material is that it does not stand up to high winds. If you live in a windy area, it is common for the shingles of an asphalt roof to become damaged.


Metal roofing is making a comeback. Now, more than ever, homeowners are realizing the extreme benefits of metal roofing. Metal roofing has many different varieties, which can be a huge benefit for homeowners with certain color schemes in mind. For one, metal roofs can be crafted from copper, steel, and aluminum. It is important to remember that different metal materials react differently to their environment. Different metals have their own benefits and drawbacks as well. Though metal roofing does have overarching benefits, each type of metal is different.
One of the major reasons metal is so advantageous is that it is an energy efficient roofing material. Metal roofing helps reduce cooling costs due to the fact that it can reflect solar rays. Metal roofing is also very durable and can withstand high winds and even fire.
A major drawback to this roofing option is that is not very durable against rain and it can be an expensive roofing option. If you are on a budget, metal roofing may not be a good option for you. Not only can metal roofing be expensive, but eventually it will have to be replaced, which is not only labor intensive, but yes, pricey.


Wood shingles or shakes are natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing. They are lightweight and can be stained to be any color you would like. For homeowners that want a natural-looking home, wood shingles are ideal. It is important to remember that with wood shingles comes a laundry list of upkeep and eventual issues. Because your roof is made out of wood, it is highly flammable and vulnerable to damage. Though wooden shingles can be durable, over the long run, they are not a sustainable roofing option. So, if you are planning to have a roofing option that lasts, wooden shingles aren’t ideal for you.


Slate roofing involves rock slabs, carefully laid out and organized on your roof. This unique roofing option is very aesthetically pleasing and can give your home an attractive look. Though your roof may be a thing of envy, it isn’t without its own list of drawbacks. For instance, though it is a beautiful roofing option, it is prone to cracking and breaking. This can be dangerous, mainly because your pieces of slate can fall off your roof. Obviously, no one wants to have a slab of slate dropped on their head. If you live in a place with a wild climate, slate roofing is not for you. Slate roofing is also very heavy, which can make it a very labor-intensive roofing material.


Clay roofing is beneficial for homeowners who want a unique roofing option for their home. This roofing option is one of the most Earth-friendly and helps preserve energy. While it can be advantageous for some residences, it isn’t ideal for every home. Clay has a very distinct look, which makes it a roofing option very specific to certain aesthetics and themes.

UrbanLux Builders and Their Subcontractors

At UrbanLux Builders we handle your home construction project. From the designs to the final project, we manage your building project. Though we are not directly putting together your roof, we manage the subcontractors who will do the job for you. At UrbanLux, we only entrust the very best with our home construction projects. When it comes to your custom home, UrbanLux Builders helps to ensure that you love the final project.

UrbanLux Builders of San Antonio

UrbanLux Builders is a San Antonio building company. We are dedicated to building you a home that you will love. More importantly, we are more concerned with making your home unique to you and your wishes. Contact us today.

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