Stone coated metal. A more natural look for metal roofing.
Do you want the benefits of a metal roof but with a more natural look? Stone coated metal may be just what you’re looking for. Stone coated metal roofing such as the Decra brand offers a completely different look that what you may be used to when you think of a metal roof. It has the advantage of metal but is coated with stone granules on the surface. It’s durable and pleasing to the eye. Different styles emulate wood shake, clay tile, and slate, and complement any style home.
What makes DECRA® Roofing Strong and Lightweight?
The panels used in Decra roofing systems are compossed of several strong, lightweight layers that provide stability, adhesion, and protection These layers include:
- Steel panels that form the rigid backbone of the material;
- Aluminum-zinc alloy coating protects the steel from corrosion;
- An acrylic coating for adhesion;
- An acrylic resin base coat that serves as s primer for the layers that give the roofing its’ color and appearance. This base coat adheres the steel to the outer layers and provides UV protections;
- Ceramic coated stone granules that give the panel its color and texture;
- An overglaze finish that enhances the panel’s strength.
Benefits of Decra Stone Coated Steel Roofing
The combination of stone, steel and various other layers offers multiple benefits to homeowners including:
Strength and Resilience
Unlike stone or tile, steel flexes when stressed, so it does not crack or chip like those materials. Stone coated steel roofing is hail, wind, fire and earthquake resistant and lasts two to three times longer than an asphalt shingle roof. Insurance companies in some states, including Texas, offer homeowners insurance discounts for Class 4 impact resistant roofing.
Solid stone shingles are heavy. Stone coated steel panels, on the other hand, are far lighter, placing less strain on your roof and resulting in fewer issues for your home, such as settling or cracking.
Low Maintenance and Environmentally Friendly
Stone coated steel roofing is made of recycled materials, requires little to no maintenance, and is fully recyclable at the end of its life. Often, no tear off is required at installation, further lowering environmental impact.
While a stone coated steel roof may cost more initially, it is a better investment and will far outlast its cheaper competitors. Homes with stone coated steel roofs use less energy in both summer and winter, saving money and cooling bills.