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Finding an attractive, economical and energy-efficient roof that will protect a home and its occupants for decades to come is no simple task. A quick consult with trusted Albany roofers reveals that there are hundreds of roof materials, styles, colors and features, from basic asphalt shingles to glamorous slate. In this mix of options is an increasing favorite: stone coated steel.

While metal roofs have been around for hundreds of years, stone coated steel metal roofing is relatively new as a post-World War II development. Innovations over the past couple of decades have improved the material, eventually creating today's product that offers plenty of visual appeal, high performance, weather resistance, value and earth-saving benefits.

Homeowners looking for an aesthetically pleasing roof will find the most options with stone coated steel roofing. They can be made to look like classic clay tiles, high-end architectural shingles or traditional cedar shakes. Made by pressure-forming steel sheets into roof panels resembling groups of tiles, shingles or shakes, the panels are covered in a layer of high-tech acrylic-bonded stone chips. The formulation creates a lightweight product that is extremely durable and suitable for even the most elegant custom homes.

The roofing experts at Ideal Construction of Albany NY can assist you with any questions regarding windows or siding.

Many homeowners are drawn to stone coated steel roofs for their durability and value. Like most metal roofs, stone coated steel has a long lifespan and warranty coverage of 50 years. Maintenance costs of stone coated steel are also very low, and homes with metal roofs frequently gain 1 to 6 percent in resale value. The initial cost of stone coated steel roofing is about two to three times more expensive than asphalt shingles, but it's half to one-third of the cost of standing seam, zinc and copper roofs.

Safety and weather resistance is another strong benefit of stone coated steel roofing. In testing, most stone coated steel roof systems can withstand winds up to 120 miles per hour. They usually also earn the highest Class 4 impact resistance ratings and Class A fire resistance ratings, so they're a smart choice for homes in areas prone to hail storms and wildfires. They're even suitable for humid regions since they are good at resisting rot, algae and mildew.

Stone coated steel also accommodates those who want environmentally friendly roofing and energy savings. A naturally cool product, homeowners with stone coated steel roofs can expect to save 20 to 30 percent on their summer cooling costs. Homeowners who want to collect rainwater runoff are also in luck since most stone coated steel roof finishes are safe for securing potable runoff.

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