FAQs About Stone-Coated Metal Roofing
What Is Stone-Coated Steel or Metal Roofing?
Stone-coated metal roofing is a type of roofing shingle with a metal core and a stone exterior. Most stone-coated shingles have a galvanized steel core. The stone coating typically features layers of zinc, epoxy, stone chips, sealant, and finally, acrylic paint and glazing. These different layers help protect the steel core from the elements, including UV damage, granule loss, and moisture.
Stone-coated steel or metal shingles look nothing like the traditional metal roofing so often used on industrial, commercial, or agricultural buildings. Instead, stone-coated steel or metal roofing looks very much like dimensional asphalt shingles. In fact, you probably have seen many homes and buildings with stone-coated metal roofing without even realizing it!
Increasing in popularity across the country, stone-coated metal roofing offers many of the same benefits as a metal roof while providing the same aesthetic appeal as a shingle roof. This type of roofing is highly customizable and versatile, coming in various colors and textures, allowing homeowners to create the look they want without sacrificing performance.
Some of the benefits of a stone-coated metal roof include:
- It lasts for decades, averaging anywhere from 50 to 70 years
- It is incredibly durable, withstanding storm and hail damage year after year
- It is lower maintenance than many other types of roofing
- It tends to have fewer repair issues and suffers less from wear and tear
- It can improve your building’s energy efficiency during the summer months, reflecting sun and heat
One of the greatest selling points for stone-coated metal shingles is their ability to resist severe weather. Because of their interlocking construction, they are not only watertight, but they also stand up to high winds where traditional asphalt shingles are more likely to suffer from lifting and tearing. They are also less likely to be punctured or broken during hailstorms.
But What About the Cost?
While there are many benefits to stone-coated metal roofing, many people wonder about the cost. Stone-coated roofing is indeed more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. Comparably, a stone-coated metal roof can cost double or even triple the price of a basic asphalt roof. However, a stone-coated roof may cost you less over time because it lasts three times as long (if not longer) and requires less maintenance. Stone-coated steel shingles are also less costly than Spanish or mission-style tile roofs.
Isn’t Stone-Coated Metal Roofing Noisy?
This is a common myth about metal roofing in general. While there might be a slight increase in noise with a metal roof in some applications, your stone-coated metal roofing shouldn’t be noticeably noisier than your old roof. Your roofing system is made of several components, including insulation. You should not notice excessive roof noise with proper insulation and professional installation.
Are Stone-Coated Metal Roofs Best in Residential or Commercial Settings?
Stone-coated steel or metal roofing can be found in both residential and commercial settings. In residential settings, stone-coated metal shingles are used as a more durable alternative to traditional asphalt shingles. When used in commercial environments, stone-coated metal roofing is most likely found on pitched roofs, not low-slope or flat roofs.
Many Colorado Springs homeowners find stone-coated metal roofing to be an improvement over asphalt because of its incredible ability to stand up to hail and other severe weather, such as snow, ice, and high winds. Because of their strong metal core and durable coating, stone-coated roofing is an excellent choice for our area.
If you are considering this type of roofing for your home or business, reach out to Divine Roofing, Inc. to discuss your options.