Stone-coated Steel Roofing

In the early 1950s, an industrialist from New Zealand visited the UK and noticed how well the bitumen coating on local military structures had endured in spite of the harsh British climate. Inspired by his observation, the industrialist returned to his home country where he developed a roofing tile that was pressed from galvanized steel and coated with a layer of crushed rock granules and bitumen. Thus began the stone-coated steel system, which revolutionized construction. Middlesex county roofers are available to advise homeowners and commercial property owners about the compelling advantages of choosing stone-coated steel as their roofing material.

Stone-coated steel offers the benefits of traditional metal roofing materials and allows for decorative flexibility. The material is lightweight, which is a necessity in areas where there is heavy snowfall during the colder months as well as for buildings with an underlying structure that cannot support a heavier roofing material. The steel panels are resistant to fire; therefore, they are safe in hot, dry conditions as well as in close proximity to burning cinders and fireworks.

Because stone and steel do not absorb water and snow falls away easily, there is a minimized risk of the roof’s shakes becoming loose due to water that expands and contracts throughout the cycle of freezing and thawing. Hailstorms can cause severe damage to wood, clay and asphalt roofing, but stone-coated steel roofs are likely to only suffer minor cosmetic damage, if any, as a result of hail impact. Furthermore, stone-coated steel will not rot, crack, warp, chip, curl, creep or peel.

Having a stone-coated steel roof may offer benefits that are especially appealing to those who live in active earthquake zones. As a lightweight material, buildings that have a stone-coated steel roof are at a reduced risk of roof collapse in the event of an earthquake. In addition to weighing less than other materials, stone-coated steel may actually add structural strength to the roof.

In many cases, stone-coated steel can be applied directly over an existing traditional asphalt shingle roof. This direct installation method eliminates waste that would otherwise occupy space in a landfill. Additionally, steel is 100 percent recyclable and can be reused an infinite number of times without degradation.

There are numerous practical reasons to choose a stone-coated steel roof. In addition to offering support and protection, stone and steel last longer than other materials; therefore; they are a direct investment into the overall resale value of the home or building. The roofers at Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ can answer your questions regarding gutters or skylights.

Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ defines a common roofers term:


Used in asphalt roofing systems in addition to a variety of other non-roofing applications, bitumen is an organic, semi-solid substance that is produced by removing the lighter fractions from heavy crude oil during refinement.

Middlesex County roofers Fortified Roofing answers a common question:

What are the decorative options for stone-coated steel roofing systems?

Stone-coated steel can be used to create the appearance of historical and ancient buildings such as the villas that are found in the Mediterranean and other warm regions. Consumers may also choose a design that mimics the look of wood shakes and traditional shingles. However, the use of stone-coated steel means that in addition to achieving the desired look, the consumer will also enjoy the durability and protection of a steel roof.

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