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The Pros And Cons Of Stone Coated Steel Roofing

Published date: 2021/9/7

Have you thought about upgrading your minimum standard asphalt shingled roof, but aren’t sure which roofing material is best for your needs? Stone-coated steel roofing is growing in popularity, so you may be wondering if it is the right choice for your property. At CMR Construction & Roofing, we provide high quality commercial and residential services including roof installation, repair, replacement and inspections for clients across the United States. Are you interested in learning more about stone-coated steel roofing before making the leap? Here are some of the pros and cons, so you can make the best decision for your home or business.

What Is Stone-Coated Steel Roofing and How Is It Different from Conventional Materials?

Stone-coated steel roofing often consists of a 24- or 26-gauge steel core that is manufactured to resist rust. In addition, the steel is coated with a layer of stone which is permanently adhered to the surface of the steel, offering additional durability and design flexibility.

Benefits of Choosing Stone-Coated Steel

Property owners are choosing stone-coated steel roofing materials over conventional alternatives for a variety of reasons including:
Longevity – While asphalt shingles may last 20 years or less, property owners who prioritize maintenance can enjoy their steel roof for up to 70 years before a replacement is required.
Low Maintenance – Stone-coated steel requires very little maintenance, since it is designed to withstand environmental damage and will not curl, crack or bend like asphalt shingles.
Energy Efficient – A metal roof will help to reflect heat from the sun, rather than absorbing it. For this reason, metal roofing can help property owners maintain a desirable indoor temperature, which can decrease energy consumption and lower monthly utility costs.
Beauty – Stone-coated steel comes in a wide variety of colors, textures and styles that can mimic other popular roof materials like shingles, shakes or ceramic tile.
Durability – Metal roofs are extremely durable and can stand up against hail, heavy rainstorms, high winds and fire when compared to alternative options.

Potential Downsides of Stone-Coated Steel Roofing

The two downsides of installing stone-coated steel is the initial cost, and a slight increase of noise during heavy rain or hailstorms. While the expense of installing the roof may be more than a standard shingle roof, the long-term financial benefits outweigh this, since it will last much longer and will require fewer repairs over its lifetime. While some have reported a small increase in noise levels when switching to a steel roof, this can be largely avoided by using barriers between the roof deck and steel materials. Quality attic insulation will also significantly decrease any additional noise.

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