One of the most innovative roofing materials used today in home and building construction is steel. While a steel rooftop might bring to mind the image of a shed, factory, a warehouse, or another commercial construction, today’s steel roofing materials are fit for use in home constructions of all kinds—from Spanish Mission and English Colonial, to French Revival, and just about every other architectural style in between.
At Smart Exteriors, we love the innovations and advancements we’ve seen in today’s steel products, which is why we’ve included this material in our inventory of roofing options for commercial and residential roof installations and replacements. For more than twenty years that we’ve been in service in the Kansas City area, we’ve taken the time to research and experiment with the most efficient roofing materials on the market. We’ve fallen in love with the functional practicality, outstanding durability, and unsurpassable beauty of stone-coated steel roofing products from leading manufacturer DECRA—one of the original pioneers of high-tech, residential and commercial steel technologies in the United States and the world.
Once you’ve considered the many benefits of steel roofing products, it’ll be hard to imagine your next roof installation or replacement without it. If you’re in the Kansas City or Missouri areas and are looking to make the best investment possible on a sustainable, beautiful roof that lasts forever, discover premium-quality, steel roofing products from DECRA—brought to you by our installation experts at Smart Exteriors.
DECRA Roofing Systems is a company with a rich and interesting history that goes back more than fifty years. What began as a wartime solution that used stone-coated steel to reconstruct and camouflage buildings from German bombing attacks during World War II, has evolved into an international company dedicated to the advancement of strong and durable steel roof tiles, shakes, and shingles.
After over 50 years of innovation, DECRA products have evolved considerably since the company’s beginnings in England. Today, its line of stone-coated steel materials have been engineered for maximum energy-efficiency, beauty, and strength—and are built to last for decades even in the harshest of weather conditions.
DECRA tile roofing materials come in five basic product profiles: Shake XD, Shake, Shingle XD, Tile, and Villa Tile. Each product is made from the same stone-coated steel material, with interlocking panels that fully protect and last under any conditions—including high winds, hail storms,and in other intense weather. However, each of the profiles offers a different set of unique features and benefits that cater to a specific architectural design.
· DECRAShake XD: Shake XD closely resembles hand-split wood shake, and is perfect for use in homes with rustic or traditional home designs. This option comes in three color choices—Woodland Green, Pinnacle Grey, and Antique Chestnut.
· DECRAShake: This tile option is carefully crafted to mimic cedar shake, offering the unparalleled strength of steel and the stunning beauty of cedar without the complicated maintenance that natural wood materials require. Choose Shake tiles in Charcoal, Chestnut, Granite Gray, Shadowood, and Weathered Timber.
· DECRAShingle XD: This option was created to resemble the classic look of heavy-cut wood or slate shingles. Used in more traditional home designs, this option comes in a wide array of color options including Natural Slate, Woodland Green,Classic Cobblestone, and Midnight Eclipse.
· DECRA Tile:This barrel-shaped design is used primarily in Mediterranean, Southwestern,and Spanish-style homes, and comes in eight rich, vibrant color options—including the popular Tuscan Sun, Terracotta, and Garnet, all rich shades of red.
· DECRA VillaTile: Villa Tile brings a taste of Old-World Italy to Mediterranean style homes, with strong steel tiles laid with innovative Tuck and Cut technology.The tiles are crafted to look like beautifully molded clay materials. This option comes in six beautiful color options, including Tuscan Sun and Rustico Clay.
Beyond the striking beauty of this innovative material,steel roofing offers many important benefits for those considering investing in a new roof or roof replacement. In fact, the popularity of steel is rising quickly among homeowners in Kansas City and the United States, with an estimated 10.5 million rooftops covered in steel products as of last year.
Here are some of the major benefits of steel roofing to consider when planning your next roofing installation:
Unparalleled Strength: Stone-coated steel is a superior roofing material, built to withstand the elements like no other. In fact, no other roofing material is known to hold up under such a wide range of weather conditions. Not only will it last forever in hail, snow, and rainstorms, and also under the searing sun,it’s also fire-resistant and non-combustible, and completely pest-proof. Steel will last much longer than wood shingles, asphalt, and other higher-maintenance materials that often need replacement after a short time.
Environmentally-Friendly:Metal rooftops are energy-efficient and keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This helpful function works to keep air conditioning system costs down as much as 20%, while also reducing your carbon footprint.Additionally, metal roofing is considered a “green” construction material, as it’s 100% recyclable and made from a high percentage of recycled content.
Lightweight Durability: Other roofing materials that last a long time, like slate or clay tiles, are extremely heavy. Metal, on the other hand, is both light weight and durable—which means it’s less likely to contribute to the wear and tear of the construction underneath it, and won’t cave in as easily if put under pressure or force.
Cost-Effective Investment: Metal roofing materials can cost more to install than other materials like asphalt or wood shingles. However, the long-term cost-effectiveness of steel roofing more than makes up for this initial investment. With a metal roof, homeowners can expect to avoid the high cost of continual repairs and additional roof replacement projects every ten to fifteen years—making it a smart investment that saves a lot of money over the course of a lifetime.
Steel roofing products are quickly taking over the home remodeling market by storm. At Smart Exteriors, we discovered the beauty and value of DECRA’s stone-coated steel materials long ago and are always enthusiastic about speaking with homeowners about the benefits—including the cost-efficiency, durability,energy-efficiency, and sustainability of steel materials when used in our roofing projects.
If you’d like to learn more about our installation and replacement services for your next roofing project, let us know. Our expert roofing specialists at Smart Exteriors would be happy to discuss your options with you over the phone, so give us a call to begin exploring our products and services today. You can also fill out our online form to get started with a free, personalized home improvement quote now.
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