Comparison

 

What should consumers be looking for when choosing a builder? Why choose one builder over the next? How do you decide who is best for you? What specifically should you be comparing?

Below is a list of specifications you will find with Royer Homes compared against what you can expect to find with other builders. We suggest printing this page and keeping it with you when you are looking for a builder. These specifications are standard on every Royer Home. They are not considered upgrades or extras.

 

Windows
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherTriple Glazed Windows LowerDouble Glazed Windows
EqualLow E EqualLow E
HigherArgon Gas Lower 
HigherCasement-Style Windows LowerSlider Windows
HigherNon-Recycled Vinyl LowerRecycled Vinyl

Insulation
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualExterior Walls: R20 Insulation EqualExterior Walls: R20 Insulation
HigherCeilings & Vaults: R40 Insulation LowerCeilings & Vaults: R34 Insulation
EqualBasement Walls: R12 Insulation EqualBasement Walls: R12 Insulation

Walls
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualExterior Walls: 16" on Centre EqualExterior Walls: 16" on Centre
HigherInterior Walls: 16" on Centre LowerInterior Walls: 24" on Centre
HigherGarage Walls: 16" on Centre LowerGarage Walls: 24" on Centre

Trusses
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherSilent I-Beam Truss System LowerSawn Lumber (More likely to squeak or shrink)
HigherFloor Trusses Spaced at 19.25" on Centre LowerFloor Trusses Spaced at 24" on Centre
EqualRoof Trusses Spaced at 24" on Centre EqualRoof Trusses Spaced at 24" on Centre

Sub Floor
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherGlued & Screwed at Time of Installation LowerScrewed After Shell is Complete

Stairs
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualManufactured Stairs EqualManufactured Stairs

Garage
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherGarage Door Opener with Two Transmitters LowerRough-in for Door Opener
HigherSteel Back Overhead Door LowerSoft Vinyl Back Overhead Door
HigherOverhead Door with 9.31 R-Value LowerOverhead Door between 4 & 6 R-Value

Deck
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherDeck piles included (with or without construction of deck) LowerDeck piles not included unless deck is to be built by builder
HigherLow maintenance aluminum railing LowerMedium to high maintenance stained wood railing
HigherLow maintenance vinyl deck flooring LowerMedium maintenance 5/4" board flooring

Shingles
Royer Homes Other Builders
Higher25-Year Asphalt Shingles Lower20-Year Asphalt Shingles

Driveway
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherDriveway full width of garage LowerDriveway slightly wider than overhead doors
HigherDURA-MIX® 27.5 MPa Concrete Lower25 MPa Concrete
HigherRebar grid under concrete at 16" on centre LowerRebar grid under concrete at 24" on centre

Electrical
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualDecora light switches throughout EqualDecora light switches throughout
HigherGenerous quantity of electrical outlets LowerElectrical outlets as per minimum required by Alberta Building Code
HigherHome wired for computer networking Lower 
HigherRoughed in security system for both home and garage Lower 

Vacuum
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualRoughed-in central vacuum system EqualRoughed-in central vacuum system

Furnace
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualHigh-Efficient Furnace EqualHigh-Efficient Furnace

Natural Gas
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherGas line to garage to allow for future furnace Lower 
HigherGas line to deck to allow for future natural gas barbeque Lower 

Plumbing
Royer Homes Other Builders
Higher50 US gallon (189 litre) hot water heater Lower40 US gallon (151 litre) hot water heater
EqualKitchen faucet with Veggie Spray EqualKitchen faucet with Veggie Spray

Painting
Royer Homes Other Builders
Equal1 Primer Coat and 2 Coats of Paint Equal1 Primer Coat and 2 Coats of Paint
Higher2 Colour Allowance Lower1 Colour Allowance (additional colours cost extra)

Ceiling Texture
Royer Homes Other Builders
HigherCalifornia Knockdown LowerPopcorn Ceiling Texture

Ceramic Tile
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualKitchen backsplash from countertop to cabinets EqualKitchen backsplash from countertop to cabinets
HigherShower tile from top of shower to ceiling LowerSingle row of tile above shower
HigherTub shower tile from top of unit to ceiling LowerSingle row of tile above tub shower

Flooring
Royer Homes Other Builders
Higher7 Lb underlay under all carpeted areas Lower4 Lb underlay under all carpeted areas (less resilient & shorter lifetime)
HigherGenerous flooring allowance LowerLow flooring allowance (Often up to 40% less than our allowance)

Shelving
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualLow maintenance wire shelving in all closets EqualLow maintenance wire shelving in all closets

Fireplace
Royer Homes Other Builders
Higher38" wide natural gas fireplace Lower34" wide natural gas fireplace
HigherFan kit included on fireplace Lower 

Finishing Materials
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualMDF Casing & Baseboard EqualMDF Casing & Baseboard
HigherMaple Railing LowerMDF Railing
EqualMaple Cabinets EqualMaple Cabinets
HigherMaple Mantle LowerMDF Mantle

Utilities & Insurance
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualUtilities Paid to Possession EqualUtilities Paid to Possession

Utilities & Insurance
Royer Homes Other Builders
EqualUtilities Paid to Possession EqualUtilities Paid to Possession

Warranty
Royer Homes Other Builders
Equal1 Year Builder Warranty Equal1 Year Builder Warranty
Equal5 Year Major Structural Warranty Equal5 Year Major Structural Warranty