An Expert Guide for Choosing the Right Roof Design

When building a custom home, every detail is important. This includes everything, from the foundation through the roof. The rooftops often get addressed as a practical and functional element only, but at Tom Len Custom Homes, it’s our goal to raise the roof on every aspect of your dream home!

Rooftops have a rich history, and they are also a critical element of your home – one that protects it through the seasons and adds to your exterior design. So when you set out to build your new luxury home, don’t forget about the roof.

Tom Len Custom Homes is here with our expert guide to designing & building the best rooftop of your dream home.

Unveiling the Essence of Roof Design

‘A roof over your head’ is something we have heard all our lives. The primary purpose of the roof is indeed protection from the harsh external elements. Over the years, materials and roofing trends have evolved to ensure that roofs offer great protection while also being stylish and fashionable.

With a variety of roofing materials and styles available in the market, choosing the best one for your custom home can be a challenging yet exciting decision. Factors such as durability, energy efficiency, maintenance requirements, and design preferences all come into play when selecting the ideal roofing option. Let’s dive in!

Tom Len’s Expert Guide for Choosing the Right Roof for Your Custom Home

General Factors to Consider When Selecting Roofing

What aspects do you need to consider when selecting roofing for your home? Here are some common things to take into account when choosing roofing for your luxury home build!

Material Weight

The weight of roofing materials differs. Heavier materials can affect the structural integrity of your home. When choosing materials, ensure that your home’s structure can bear the weight of your roof.


The weather in the area determines the strength of your roof. Certain roofing types and materials are suitable for cold weather and certain heat-resistant materials are best suited to warmer temperatures. Professional roofers can guide you best about the materials that are perfect for your home’s land and location.


Functionality aside, the color and the finish come in multiple varieties and you have considerable options. You can choose options that work well with the overall aesthetics of your home.

Maintenance Requirements

Some roofing materials are relatively high maintenance. They may not be the best choice for individuals who lead busy lives or spend considerable time away from home.

Embrace the Trends: Popular Roofing Styles to Consider in 2024

Your new custom home is sure to stand out from the rest in the neighborhood with one of these elegant, trendy styles…

Mansard Roof

Commonly known as the French Roof, the Mansard is the grand finishing touch to add to your home. It is well-suited to homes of all sizes and adds the perfect touch of glamor to your residence.

Gambrel Roof

The Gambrel roof features 2 slopes on either side, with the lower slope steeper than the upper one. If you are looking for the perfect addition to your rustic Victorian home, this is the style to opt for.

Gabled Roof

A 2-sided sloping Victorian rooftop is suited to homes of various sizes and floor plan shapes. The shape of the roof offers extra storage space, which is a plus for home value. You can also customize this type of roof with multiple decorative elements, making it unique.

Hipped Roof

With four sloping sides, the hipped roof is a popular choice for homes with extreme weather conditions and symmetrical homes with a square/rectangle floor plan. The aesthetics of this roof are all in the symmetry.

Slate Roof

The slate roof is the perfect choice for those looking to add elegance and style to their homes. It is made from natural rock, making it a more premium choice, not to mention its longevity and fire resistance which make it an even popular choice.

At Tom Len Custom Homes, we understand the significance of bespoke roof design in creating an unforgettable first impression. From sweeping mansard roofs to majestic gable designs, we offer a curated selection of roof types that epitomize the luxury and grandeur of your custom home build.

The Best Roofing Materials and Colors to Choose From…

After you have chosen the kind of roof you want, you can customize it according to your personal taste and preference! Here are some popular options to consider.

Asphalt House Roofing

This is one of the most common types of roofing used in the United States. They come in several colors and patterns and you can pick colors that fit your dream aesthetic for your home.

Metal Roof Coverings

These types are growing increasingly popular in the US due to their sleek design. What makes them stand out is that they are lightweight and recyclable, and are more durable. The shimmering hues add glamor to your rooftops, finishing off your house with the perfect look.

Concrete and Clay Tiles

Fire-resistant and energy-efficient, concrete and clay tiles are best suited for Spanish and Mediterranean-style homes.

Wood Shingle Roof Finishes

For a more rugged look, we recommend using wood shingles, especially the ones made with cedarwood. The warm, honey-colored wooden shingles give the perfect cozy, yet rugged atmosphere to your home, turning it into the perfect natural sanctuary for you.

Synthetic Roofing

Synthetic roofing can be the option for you if you are looking for something that resembles wood shingles, without the maintenance and the fire hazards. They are also environmentally friendly and the ultimate option for those looking for greener options.

Luxury knows no bounds regarding roofing materials, so the ultimate choice comes down to how you envision your home to look and your material preferences. Regardless of what you choose, Tom Len can help you sustainably source these materials, creating the perfect bespoke roof!

Elevating Every Detail of Your Exterior with the Perfect Roof Color

The color of your roof should complement the exterior of your home. The best way to choose a color is to consider the style of the rest of your home’s aesthetic and what colors you’d like on the exterior.

In 2024, roof colors are not only your typical shades of tan, brown, gray, and black. We now have multiple shades and hues of the same colors, as well as colors that are eclectic and pop out. A color that stands out can increase the curb appeal and perceived value of your home and also make it uniquely you! If you are looking for a different & more bold color choice, consider shades of green or blue!

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Create Your Very Own Unique Roof Design When You Build a Custom Home with TLCH!

Selecting the perfect roof for your new custom home is a decision that requires careful consideration and expert guidance. At Tom Len Custom Homes, we pride ourselves on delivering unparalleled craftsmanship and timeless elegance in every aspect of our bespoke designs.

From majestic roof shapes to exquisite materials and meticulous attention to detail, our skilled craftsmen create roofs that are not only functional but also true works of art! Experience the epitome of luxury living with TLCH, where your dream home awaits…

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Tom Len Custom Homes proudly serves the following areas in Chicago’s North Shore: Northfield, Glenview, Glencoe, Deerfield, Wilmette, Winnetka, Highland Park, and Riverwoods.
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