You might have heard of metal roofing, but have you heard of stone-coated steel roofing? It’s like the Superman of metal roofing. It’s stronger and more versatile than your average metal roof. Because of this, it can also cost a pretty penny. We will talk about how many pennies it will cost you but which benefits will come along with it to give you a massive ROI.
What is Stone Coated Steel Roofing?
Stone-coated steel roofing is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a metal roof that has been covered with a “stone” coating to provide protection and look a little more natural. Not only does this type of material look great on any home, but the additional cost benefits are simply amazing. It also gives homeowners a more cost-effective solution to expensive tile roofs. They can get the same effect but with a lower price tag.
The manufacturing process involves layering multiple distinct materials on top of one another to form an incredibly strong tile. The specifics of the layers could vary by manufacturer, but for the most part, it consists of a steel base layer in the middle, with zinc coating and epoxy primer on either side of it. Then, on the bottom is a temperature seal coat to withstand temperature shifts. Finally, on the top half, the layers consist of an acrylic base coat, stone “chips,” and acrylic overglaze to seal it all. The stone coating can be designed to look like wood shake, asphalt shingles, or even clay tiles, but with the durability of steel. It’s pretty impressive!
What are the Benefits of Stone Coated Steel Shingles?
Not only can you get any look you want with stone-coated steel, but it comes with a slew of other benefits as well.
As we just mentioned, the stone coating makes for a very durable roof. So when you have to maintain it, all that’s required is clearing off any debris and checking for leaks or damages every once in a while.
The coating on the tiles works as a seal, making them very energy-efficient. This will help reduce your monthly cooling and heating costs throughout the year because it will not absorb heat in the summer and provide excellent winter insulation.
Not only are they more durable than other metal roofs, but the stone coating makes them even stronger. As a result, you’ll be able to use this roof for decades before you have to worry about replacing it again!
By using a material that’s 100% recyclable and made of mostly recycled materials, homeowners can feel good about choosing stone-coated steel.
Some other metal roofs require the use of a crane to install. This can get expensive and put you at risk for damage or injury if something goes wrong. Stone-coated steel is lightweight enough that a small roofing crew can handle it with ease!
Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs that aren’t aluminum sheets don’t actually produce a ton of sound (when rain hits it). In fact, stone-coated metal roofs can reduce unwanted noise thanks to their granular surface, dampening sound.
How Much Does a Stone Coated Metal Roof Cost?
Now the fun stuff—how much does a stone-coated metal roof cost? Despite all of the significant benefits we’ve listed, this roofing material has one downfall, and that is the upfront costs. They can be pretty high, but for a good reason. For materials only, stone-coated metal roofing costs between $5 and $11 per square foot. Those prices are pretty similar to your average metal roof but can fluctuate based on style and different coatings to synthesize other roofing styles. For example, for stone-coated steel shake roofing, the average cost is $7.50 per square foot. Other more premium tile styles average closer to $8.25 per square foot.
In the end, is it worth it? Absolutely! Stone-coated steel roofing has all the benefits homeowners want, plus the added appeal of clay tile, concrete tiles, wood shakes—you name it. In addition, you can have whatever style you like, with metal shingles’ strength and fire resistance, with a decent price tag to match.
They are growing in popularity as many homeowners make the shift towards metal roofing over asphalt because of their durability and longevity. They love the fact that they can have a long-lasting roof with little to no maintenance. So we predict you’ll see more in the future.
If you’re in the market for a new roof, check out this list that compares all the costs of the most common roofing materials you can choose from. The best thing you can do for your home is to make a well-thought-out decision on the best roof that suits your needs and budget. Then, when the time comes to install your new roof, give First American Roofing a call!