Clay Roof Tiles vs Synthetic

Clay roofing tiles give certain style homes, such as Mediterranean style and bungalows, such an authentic and distinct look which is why homeowners love them.  They also come in a variety of colors and really act as a design element of their own.  Not to mention, these tiles are going to last about 100 years, making it a strong investment.  However, the part that makes most homeowners cringe a little, is the cost.  While they look stunning, they aren’t always the most economical solution.

However, if you’re set on the look and not the price, then looking into synthetic clay roofing tiles might be a step in the right direction.  “You can get synthetic clay roof tiles for up to half the cost of actual clay roofing tiles,” says Normandy Designer John Long.  “Synthetic clay roofing tiles also come in a variety of colors and will last about 100 years as well.  Another perk of going with synthetic clay roof tiles is that they’re not as fragile as clay roof tiles.  So during installation there’s less chance of them cracking if they’re dropped, or if some sort of impact occurs, such as a tree falling on the roof, they’re more likely to withstand it than clay roofing tiles would be.”

Choosing a roof for your home is a hefty investment and as much a question of personal preference as it is about the style of your home. To find out what is right for your home, you can schedule a time to meet with one of Normandy’s talented Designers, like John Long, or register for an upcoming workshop to get your inspiration flowing! Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.


AAUW Home Tour Features Remodeled Normandy Home With Latest Design Trends

white kitchen ideas created by normandy designer ann stockardPreparations for the 62nd Annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) Home Tour are coming together, and this year’s tour promises to be a highlight of the Hinsdale area fall calendar.  The Home Tour will feature five spectacular homes, including a home with a recently remodeled kitchen and bathroom that incorporates some of the hottest trends in the industry.  “This home, in particular, will be great for those looking for inspiration for their own homes,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard.

“White kitchens are not only a current trend, but have been popular for decades with no end to their appeal insight,” commented Ann. “In this white kitchen, we chose a dark island to create interest in the space and complement the dark countertops.  We partially removed walls to create an open concept, which is a route so many homeowners are going.  It also features unique storage throughout the space for those with a smaller kitchen looking for organization ideas.”

gray bathroom picture created by normandy designer ann stockard

“Moving onto the bathroom, attendees of the walk will notice an immediate soothing aesthetic in a contemporary design,” noted Ann.  “The remodeled bathroom features a gray palette, which has really become the new beige over the past few years.  It also features beautiful tile mosaic accents throughout and an overall unique layout for a bathroom – again, a great space for those looking for inspiration.”

The AAUW Home Tour will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and really gives attendees a “personal look” into some beautiful homes! Purchase tickets online or at select businesses for this fundraiser, it’s sure to be a fun time, not to mention for a great local cause!

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