If you buy a fixer-upper, you expect to have to repair and replace quite a few items soon after moving in. But if you're building a custom home from the ground up, this shouldn't be the case. In fact, if you choose long-lasting, high-quality home systems, you may be able to avoid repairs and replacements of most main systems for decades.
Here are four top-quality home systems to consider for your custom home if you'd like to avoid repairs and replacements.
1. Concealed fastener metal roof
Some metal roofs are designed with a lower budget in mind, but if you're looking for a truly high-end roof system, you'll want to spring for a concealed fastener system. As the name suggests, these systems have fasteners installed beneath the panels rather than exposed to the elements.
Because they don't have screws or similar fasteners drilled through the main roof covering, these roof systems have a much smaller risk of leaks. In addition, they often have a very long warranty. Depending on factors such as the manufacturer and the type of metal used in the product, a concealed fastener metal roof may last 50 years.
2. Tile floor
Tile floors are not only elegant and high-class, but they can last over a century. And unlike wood floors, they don't require a lot of special treatment and refinishing to last that long (although more porous tiles may require occasional sealing). Tile flooring is typically quite resistant to moisture and wear, too.
3. Triple-glazed windows
Your home's windows may not seem like a big deal structurally speaking, but they're definitely more than just an aesthetic feature. One important aspect of your windows is whether they'll keep out drafts and help you save money on your heating and cooling bills. For efficient windows that won't need to be upgraded in the foreseeable future, choose triple glazing.
Triple-glazed windows are simply windows constructed of three thicknesses of glass, rather than just one or two, with two voids in between rather than just one (or none in the case of single-glazed windows). The voids should contain either a noble gas or a vacuum in order to reduce heat transfer even more.
4. Spray foam insulation
While insulation for walls and ceilings can commonly include fiberglass, cellulose, or similar insulation types, you should consider spray foam insulation if you want a truly permanent solution. It's an especially good choice in areas of your home that are unlikely to fall prey to the most common hazards for spray foam: pests and the elements.
As you can imagine, these top-quality home components aren't the only option for a custom home (for instance, a slate roof can also be a high-quality, long-lasting roof solution). However, they all deserve consideration as you start to design a custom home that will last you the rest of your life.
For more information, contact a custom home builder.