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Building a Low Maintenance Home

Finished living room with furniture

One of the greatest benefits of building a new home is easier maintenance. However, ensuring your home is easy to maintain for the long term requires careful planning during the construction phase.

That is why RGB Custom Builders recommend products that require less long term maintenance even when they cost more. We include some of these premium materials in our standard packages and others are offered as upgrades.

When building your new home, we want you to understand that many products which require less maintenance cost more initially. We want you to look at the long-term financial, maintenance, and aesthetic benefits.  Additionally, you can absorb the higher price into your mortgage and reduce yearly out-of-pocket expenses for home maintenance.

Use Roofing Materials Requiring Less Maintenance

A stronger roof means focusing not just on the part you see, but the entire roofing system. There are new asphalt shingles with double-thick tabs and weather-grade asphalt between the layers. Other roofing features you can get include algae blocking granules and shingles that reflect sunlight to lower cooling costs.

Traditional roofing materials like slate and tile (learn more about tile roofs) cost more but they last a lifetime. Then there are new roofing materials that look like tile but made from cement and fiber. Metal roofing is another option growing in popularity because the panels are strong and easy to install, and the paint if damaged, can be re-coated.

Modern Siding Eliminates Painting

Everyone loves the look of wood siding but it has to be painted and maintained every six to eight years. Vinyl siding now has a 30% market share because it’s easy to install, durable, affordable and it doesn’t need to be painted.

More traditional siding choices such as brick, stone, and stucco are more expensive but require less maintenance and have great curb-side appeal. Homeowners who want to balance cost and benefits can use brick or stone siding on the front of the house, and vinyl siding on the other sides.


We have been dealing with RGB since 2005 and have found them to be a very high quality custom home builder.

President Robert Brown has been and continues to be a leader who takes pride in the quality of the homes he builds. Bob is an experienced professional who not only manages the finance, design and construction process. He also follows up on customer concerns after homes are built to insure that customers are not experiencing any problems.

I recall a concern where we requested Bob’s assistance with a deck at my father’s home which was purchased in 2008 and developed a problem just before it was sold in 2018. Bob did not hesitate to visit the property to not only review the issue but suggested a correction be made and also handled the work involved to resolve the issue in time for the closing. This was almost 10 years AFTER the purchase in 2008!

It is now more than 3 years after RGB constructed the home where we currently reside. A few floor areas have developed an annoying squeaking, so Bob stopped by to address this concern and will have his crew return in the near future to correct this problem. Of course, we are certainly delighted with his continued support years after the initial construction!

We can confidently say that RGB is the only builder that we would ever choose or recommend for new construction as they have delivered excellent work, time and time again.

— Dawn Gachette