Stone Coated Steel Roofing: Aesthetic Appeal Meets Structural Strength

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Installing a new roof doesn’t just boost your commercial building’s curb appeal. It also makes you look more professional to both clients and employees, which can greatly boost your revenue. Practicalities aside, roof installation can immediately give you an ROI of about 60%.

Stone-coated steel roofing is one of the best options for those looking to boost their industrial or commercial property value. Read on to learn the basics of these roofing materials and what makes them beneficial for property owners.

What Is Stone-Coated Steel Roofing?

Stone-coated steel roofing is exactly what it sounds like. Pro roofers prepare high-grade steel sheets that make up the structural foundation of your roof and install them securely onto your commercial building.

The metal is galvanized with either zinc or a mix of zinc, aluminum, and silicon. This process helps to stop the metal from corroding, rusting, or leaking.

At this point, roof replacement professionals will coat the whole steel surface with a sticky acrylic primer. This makes way for the stone coating to go over the simple and drab-looking metal roof.

They layer natural stone granules on top of this sticky primer and make sure that they’re securely attached to the base coat. These stones come in many different varieties, textures, and colors. You can get such stones in your company colors or in any hue that looks professional and sleek in your specific operational area.

Then, once the stone surface is securely attached to the steel, UV-resistant coatings that add a glossy glaze may go onto the roof. After that dries the stone will be cut, formed, and manipulated into aesthetically-pleasing roofing panels.

Beyond simply looking nice, a stone-look roof makes your building look more professional. Simple metal roofs can invoke a low-class appearance that looks sloppy. Using the stone coating shows that you have an eye for detail and care about ensuring that your space looks high-class.

Potential clients will see the care that you put into your building design and immediately believe you are more trustworthy than others in your industry.

Weatherproof Nature

So, why shouldn’t you just install an attractive stone roof? Why bother with the steel underlayer at all?

The answer to this question lies in durability. While a simple stone roof is beautiful, it doesn’t have the same reinforcements as steel would. Steel is resistant to severe climates including extreme heat, so it won’t bend in the Southern summer sun.

Steel is also sturdy enough to withstand a lot of pressure. Strong winds and heavy rain are extremely unlikely to even dent galvanized steel. It’s extremely strong and durable even in areas that have natural disasters like hurricanes, heavy storms, and tornadoes.

A Long-Lasting Solution

The weather-resistant and durable nature of stone-coated steel roofing naturally means that the material has a lot of longevity. When installed correctly, they can last anywhere between 40 and 70 years. This is extremely impressive when compared with common asphalt shingles that only last about 20 years.

As a commercial building owner, cutting costs on renovations is likely a priority. After all, you want to save money so that your business or industrial plant can be as lucrative as possible. Even if stone-coated steel roofing costs more than alternatives upfront, you’ll save a lot of money in the long term.

Lightweight and Inexpensive

Many people think that stone-coated steel roofing is heavy because it uses multiple materials. However, it only weighs about two pounds for every square foot of material. This is less than traditional asphalt shingles that can weigh up to 4.5 pounds per square foot.

Lightweight roofing means easier installation, so you save on installation costs. It also means that you save money paying for more materials since you’ll often be charged by weight.

Putting stone-coated steel roofing over other materials is also simple. It’s fairly easy to install steel over other roofing materials in some cases, so you may not need to remove your old commercial roofing in Texas, Louisiana, or Oklahoma. This saves work, money, and hassle.

Since these roofing materials are low-maintenance and don’t require regular inspections, you’ll have the chance to save even more money. After installing them, all you need to do is get them checked after major weather events like storms. You may also want to get a check when you notice a problem like mold or leakage.

Still, the costs of these periodic inspections are a far cry from the 6-12 month routine inspections that asphalt requires.

Energy Efficient Properties

Asphalt roofing is cheap, but it’s not energy efficient. It doesn’t absorb the sun’s rays or make the inside of your commercial space uncomfortably hot. Instead, stone-coated metal reflects the sun’s rays.

You won’t need to run your AC too much, which saves you money on electric bills. It also means that your building will be more eco-friendly, which can offer you tax breaks. In fact, meeting certain energy standards might be essential for some businesses to meet industry or local regulations, so sheet metal roofing can help you stay compliant.

Even if this weren’t the case, going green can easily make you more money from eco-conscious consumers. Recent figures show that over 66% of Americans are willing to pay more to purchase products from sustainable companies. If you let people know what you’re doing to protect the environment, you may be able to find both B2B and B2C clients who are willing to pay more for what you offer.

This also builds trust with consumers. If you show that you’re willing to listen and adapt to their needs and values, it positions you as a positive company to work with.

Invest in Roof Replacement Services

Now that you know the benefits of stone-coated steel roofing for commercial buildings, it’s time to add value to your property. Our Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma professionals are committed to helping you install a structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing roof that will last for decades.

Alpine Roofing Construction is excited to appraise your specific building, determine your needs, and discuss what new roof will best suit your goals as a property owner. Request a quote for your industrial or commercial roofing project to get started.

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