Stone Coated Steel Roofs
Stone coated steel roofs are made of steel or in some cases, another metal. The metal is coated with stone chips and then attached to the steel shingle with acrylic. This method creates a very strong, weather and impact resistant shingle that still looks like traditional roofing.
According to Wikiepdia, stone coated metal roofs were refined in the United Kingdom after World War II. The government asked for a roofing material that could withstand the harsh climate. Using a coating on the metal of butimen and adding sand over that, the application over metal made them very strong. And, the shingled roofs became not only protection from the elements, but also protection from potential air strikes.
In 1954, production expanded across the globe when L.J. Fisher secured production rights. That company, AHI Roofing is one of the largest metal roofing companies still today. While the processes have changed, the durability of this roofing material still remains one of the best. And, an added benefit is the extremely light material.
Usage & Benefits of Stone Coated Steel Roofs
Comparatively, metal shingles are much lighter. Asphalt shingles can weigh as much as 1100 pounds for square. But, stone coated metal roof materials can weigh as little as 150 pounds per square. That is a huge weight difference that can make a big impact on a house. It makes the roof less dangerous during earthquakes, hurricanes and can also be much safer during fires.
- protection from the elements such as wind and hail
- able to withstand flame and fire
- may stand up better in hurricane winds
- does not fade in the sun from UV rays
- reduce energy bills due to its ability to reflect UV rays
- corrosion resistant and fair better in dimpling from hail damage
- color does not dull
- one of the longest lasting roofing materials available
- one of the most durable roofing systems
Costs & Durability
Stone coated steel roofs are perfect for homeowners that want the durability of steel roofing. But, still like the look of asphalt or similar materials. This material is is lightweight, easily installed and very strong. Battens are not required with steel roofing, and the shingles lock together. This is ideal in climates with heavy wind and rain, like Texas.
Stone coated steel roofs can cost almost double or triple. That is compared to a regular asphalt shingle roof that averages $2,000-$5,500 in materials. Stone coated steel roofs can cost double or triple that amount. However, the roof will likely never need replacing again.
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