Homeowners exploring roof replacement options have several durable metal solutions to choose from. Painted steel offers bold aesthetics with protective coatings in diverse hues, while stone-coated panels blend strength with the classic charm of various types of shingles. From my years of roofing experience, I know that both options can add value to your home and protect against extreme weather for decades.

Read on to learn more about both types of metal roof coatings so you can decide what’s best for your roof.

Vibrant Style of Painted Metal Roofing

Painting a metal roof adds unique character while simultaneously protecting the home. Modern paint technologies allow for striking finishes that were once impossible on metal panels. These paint coatings offer:

  • Options from solid tones to natural, multi-colored looks
  • Custom matching available from top suppliers
  • Acrylic and polyurethane paints endure decades outdoors
  • Superior fade and chalk resistance and gloss retention
  • Reflective, cool coatings repel over 70% of solar heat
  • Less thermal transfer than dark roofing

Keep in mind that professional finishes from 0.2mm to 1.2 mm thick can add weatherproofing to your roof. Metal roofing can withstand high winds, storms, and hail with an added coating of protection. It’s also worth noting that lightweight steel and aluminum ease roof replacements, making it less complicated to adjust in the future.

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Stone-Coated Steel for Traditional Beauty

Stone-coated metal captures the beloved wood shake, slate, or shingle aesthetic for a perfect blend of metal panels and shingle roofing. These resilient roofing panels have the following‌ features:

  • Coatings deter corrosion and rust
  • Acrylics bind natural stone granules
  • Granite, lava rock, and quartz mimic popular looks
  • Seals and protects underlying layers
  • Boosts durability and weatherproofing
  • Withstands hail, falling branches, snow loads
  • Won’t crack, warp, or decay for decades
  • Sheds heavy rain to prevent leaks
  • Withstands high-wind events

Stone coatings beautifully contrast brick or wood exteriors, and their rigid builds allow for roof refits without structural loads.

Ideal Protection for Older Homes

Metal roofing is an excellent option for vintage buildings, solving maintenance woes as it complements their legacy. Many restoration contractors recommend metal replacements to resolve chronic issues with qualities like the following:

  • Impenetrable barriers stop rodents and insects
  • Deters nuisance wildlife nesting
  • Class A rating vital for wildland areas
  • Prevents flying ember damage
  • Waterproof steel prevents interior damage
  • Self-sealing panels block openings
  • Color and style options are available to match the original builds
  • Enhanced protection preserves structural integrity

Benefits of Metal Roofing

If you’re looking to stretch your dollar and boost your home’s value, choosing a quality metal roof is a worthwhile investment. Metal roofs can last 50+ years (up to three times longer than most asphalt roofs), offer strong performance, and can help with energy efficiency. A properly installed quality metal roof can withstand severe weather such as wind, hail, and snow, providing you peace of mind.

Plus, a metal roof may even lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums. Be sure to check with your homeowners’ insurance company for specific policy information. To learn more about the benefits of metal roofing, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance website.

So, Is Metal Roofing the Best Choice?

If you’re trying to decide what material is best for your roof, your preferences on style, longevity, and efficiency can help guide your roof decisions. However, quality metal solutions meet every need, and although the cost of a metal roof may be higher up-front, it can provide many benefits in the long run. 

Steel’s unmatched strength outperforms fragile organic materials prone to premature peeling and cracks. At the same time, stone coatings let metal panels emulate coveted clay, slate, and wood shake aesthetics that were impossible to replicate before modern technologies. If you decide to paint your metal panels, custom paint jobs can add to your home’s curb appeal. Additionally, the 50-year warranties from many manufacturers signal the long-term endurance that metal delivers.

Metal roofs can be a great investment for years to come, and the type of coating you choose for your roof can add even more benefits to its style and performance.

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FAQs About Metal Roofing

What upkeep and cleaning do metal roofs need?

Metal roofing needs minimal maintenance, such as periodic rinses with mild detergents and water. When cleaning your roof, remember that safe footgear prevents scratches when accessing panels.

How do brands rate life span estimates for metal roofs?

Brands use accelerated testing to replicate decades of intense sun, heat, cold, and rain over months. They base real-world life span calculations on total exposure hours products withstand before failure. Industry leaders and manufacturers now reliably promise metal integrity of over 50 years.

Can metal roofing be installed over existing materials?

Metal can overlay old shingles and shakes on properties assessed for sound structures and proper weight limits, reducing landfill waste. If you’re interested in installing a metal roof over your existing roof, most metal roofing contractors offer free project evaluations.

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