If you are looking for a roof that will have the exceptional beauty of slate, tile, or cedar shake, but without the premium costs, a stone – coated steel roof may meet your needs. For just a fraction of the cost, you can have a beautiful, long lasting roofing system that will provide superior protection for your home, with none of the structural disadvantages of other roofing materials. To decide whether a stone-coated steel roof is right for you, consider the following features and advantages this roofing system can offer.
One of the reasons for the growing popularity of stone – coated steel roofs, is the wide variety of styles and designs available to homeowners who are looking to add some curb appeal to their home. Advanced technology makes it possible to imitate the premium look of clay, slate or shingle so closely, that it is nearly impossible to discern that it is actually made of metal. Panels of stone – coated steel roofs are formed into three profiles: shake, tile and shingle. In recent years, new tile designs that mirror the highly desirable look of Mediterranean clay tile have also become available to homeowners. A huge advantage of a stone – coated steel roof is that it will continue looking fresh and new for many years to come without requiring any additional maintenance.
Durable & Built to Last
Unlike other roofing materials, a stone – coated steel roof offers superior durability: it will not break, curl, split, crack, warp, or absorb water. The interlocking design of the roof panels, makes it resistant to heavy rain, freeze/thaw cycles, snow and wind uplift. A stone – coated steel roofing system has been successfully tested against wind speeds over 120 MPH, and 8.8 inches of rain per hour. The durability of a stone-coated roof will remain consistent overtime, offering superior protection for years to come.
Safe & Secure Protection from Natural Disasters
A stone – coated steel roof is designed to protect your home even in time of major calamities such as hail, fire, and earthquakes. Because the roof is made of steel, it is none-combustible and will not catch on fire. Furthermore, the roof’s interlocking fastening system prevents the panels from lifting and allowing blowing embers to ignite the roof deck.
As for hail resistance, independent tests demonstrate that stone – coated steel roofs can withstand simulated hailstones as large as 3 inches in diameter. Comparatively, other roofing materials that were tested under the same conditions, such as lightweight concrete, concrete tile, clay tile, composition asphalt shingles, and medium cedar shakes suffered major damage.
Steel is known for its strength and ability to withstand earthquakes. A stone – coated steel roof’s panels add structural strength to the roof. Moreover, the roof’s lightweight reduces the threat of collapse, highly probable during an earthquake. A survey of roofs after the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake discovered only minor damage to 2 of the 15 homes that had stone-coated steel roofs. On the other hand, more than half of the concrete and clay tile roofs were found to have suffered severe damage.
Lightweight & Easy to Install
A stone – coated steel roof is incredibly lightweight, weighing as little as 1.5 pounds per square foot, whereas alternative roofing products can weigh as much as 10 pounds per square foot. Lightweight means that you can install a stone – coated steel roof over most existing roofs, eliminating the cost, time and effort associated with a messy tear-off of an old roof.
Moreover, stone – coated steel roof’s lightweight will ease the structural burden on your home. The heavy weight of most roofs puts more stress on framing and trusses. This contributes to settling and leads to cracks on walls and ceilings, which in turn require costly maintenance and repairs. You will not need to deal with any of these issues once you install a stone – coated steel roof.
Eco-& Energy Efficient
If you are an environmentally – conscious homeowner, you will love a stone – coated – steel roof. Steel is one of the few truly green building materials on the market, because it is 100% recyclable. Steel roofing systems can be recycled an infinite number of times without degradation. Furthermore, because you can install a stone – coated steel roof over your existing roof, you will not be adding more construction waste to our over-burdened landfills.
High Resale Value
In the event you ever choose to sell your home, having a stone – coated steel roof will not only increase the resale value of your home, it will also be highly appealing to prospective buyers. Roofs are one of the major sticking points that can make or brake a home sale; a stone – coated steel roof’s elegant look, durability and longevity will be highly advantageous in sealing the deal.