There are more than a few reasons to choose stone coated steel roof overlay. For example, it is time for a new roof on your home, but you want to avoid the messy and time-consuming process of tearing off your existing roof, this is a great option.
This product is uniquely designed to provide the strength of steel and the aesthetic appeal of traditional roofing materials, such as tiles, shakes, and shingles.
What Is Stone Coated Steel Roofing?
Before diving into the process of installing a stone-coated steel roof overlay, learning what it is can be beneficial.
The roofing product contains several distinct layers. Usually, it starts with galvanized steel sheets. The steel panels are then coated with a primer to ensure proper adhesion to additional coatings of Zincalume and with acrylic paint.
It is this layer that helps protect the underlying metal from water and UV exposure. It also works as an adhesive for the next level of stone granules. Acrylic overglaze is typically used to finish the product, add more protection, and provide a glossy look.
Why Choose Stone Coated Steel Roof Overlay?
With stone coated steel roof overlay, homeowners and contractors experience benefits. Some of the most appealing aspects of this roof option include:
When installed properly, stone-coated still roof overlays offer a potential lifespan of up to 50 years. Some products also offer Class 4 impact ratings, which is the highest in the industry, illustrating how this roof can survive harsh winter storms, hail damage, and more.
High winds don’t pose much of a threat to these roofing systems, either, as they are designed to withstand winds up to 120 mph.
The installation of a roof that involves tearing off the existing materials presents several liabilities for the contractor. For example, a complete tear-off means the home is exposed to the elements for an undetermined amount of time.
However, with stone coated steel roof overlay, this isn’t the case. The contractor doesn’t have to expose the home to the elements. Instead, they open the hips and ridges, which are then immediately covered. Because the house isn’t exposed, contractors can work year-round to install new roofing systems without the possibility of damage or other roof issues.
Easily Hide Imperfections
Asphalt shingles, wood shakes, and other roofing materials can show imperfections in the roof. While the roofing contractor installing the stone coated steel roof overlay will inspect the entire roof before installation to ensure there are no more serious or hidden issues, once in place, the material won’t show that imperfections that may be seen.
Also, once installed properly, your roof system will be sealed from any issues, including potential leaks.
Low Maintenance and Energy Efficient
Besides removing debris and cleaning the roof from time to time, stone-coated steel roofing doesn’t require very much maintenance. It will not fall off, curl, or crack like wood shakes or asphalt shingles can.
Also, compared to asphalt shingles, stone-coated steel roof overlay with vented installation and infrared blocking colors will help reduce the heat transferred into (or out of) a building by up to 70%.
The vented installation refers to the roofing materials being installed over battens, which ensures hot air moves over the roof deck and out via the roof ridge, rather than causing the building to heat up. The heat outflow reduces the demand for cooling, which minimizes electricity costs.
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
With the stone-coated steel roof overlay, you don’t have to worry about removing and sending your original roof material to landfills. Also, the steel can be recycled when removed, making it all-around good for the environment.