As a realtor in, and resident of, The Main Line – an affluent Philadelphia suburb where luxury homes are commonplace – Krys Fox understands the importance of curb appeal.
So when she came across a 16-year old “fixer-upper” in Villanova, she seized on the opportunity to transform the aging, water-damaged structure into a Napa Valley-inspired dream home.
During the planning stages of their remodel, Krys and her husband Dave knew that the home’s original slate-look asphalt shingle roof, while still functional, was not in line with their California vision.
When planning her new roof design, Fox’s first thoughts were to again purchase an asphalt roof - CertainTeed’s Grand Manor® luxury shingles. She had used Grand Manor shingles in the past and was pleased with the durability and slate-look aesthetic. She also gave consideration to a composite roofing material, though was hesitant because of cautionary tales she had heard about composite roofing’s long term durability.
As one who prides herself on being an ‘early adopter’, Krys took time to research the roofing landscape for something new and different. While visiting the CertainTeed website she came across Matterhorn® architectural metal roofing, and soon became convinced that Matterhorn Tile was ideal for her home’s transformation.
“My first thought was that it is very visually appealing. I really liked the look, and color options were great,” explained Fox.
She then ordered some samples of Matterhorn Tile from CertainTeed, and showed the samples to her general contractor who was “wowed” by the product.
In addition to replicating the Spanish barrel tile design seen throughout the Napa Valley, the Matterhorn Tile also offered attractive sustainability benefits.
“I was impressed beyond just the looks,” she added. “Sustainability is important, and this roofing is very energy efficient. The high solar reflectance will keep us cooler in the summer and it’s wonderful knowing that the entire roof is recyclable.”
Fox also knew from her experience as a realtor that a great-looking and durable metal roof would increase the value of the home tremendously.
“The roof is a major structural element, and around here a good roof is expensive, so why wouldn’t you go for something better? The last thing anyone would want is an inferior roof. With metal roofing often lasting half a century or more, chances are you will not have to worry about a roof replacement.”
Fox ultimately chose a Matterhorn Tile roof in the color Tuscan Stone, and is pleased with how the dimensionality of the tile design accentuates her home.
“I am very happy with the end result. It was the best option I could have chosen. It’s very complex roof with a lot of different roof slopes. When I look at it, I couldn’t imagine anything else. I think it looks nicer than real tile. It has a great pattern and texture, and when the sun comes out it really highlights the coloration of the roof.”