Consider what material you’d like to use if you want to replace your current roof—either because of damages or because you just want to give your home a new look. Do you want a longer-lasting roof with a long-term investment? Then, you might want a metal roof. However, there are two types you must consider stone-coated steel roofing and plain metal roofing. Let’s examine the difference between the two.

Pros of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a very practical choice. Not only does metal roofing have a lifespan of 40-70 years, but its incredible durability allows it to easily handle the worst Mother Nature has to throw at it—such as torrential winds or pounding hail. Lastly, metal roofing requires minimal maintenance compared to asphalt shingles, which need regular inspection.

If you enjoy a more modern and sleeker look, metal roofing can provide just that. It’s also much more versatile than one may think, capable of taking on the shapes necessary for more uniquely designed roofs.

Cons of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has two major downsides. First, it can look unfinished rather than modern. Unlike stone-coated roofing, which we’ll cover later, there are limits to how much you can decorate or customize a metal roof; it will always look like metal.

The second is their installation requirements. If installed incorrectly, your metal roof could fail at the seams, so hiring roofing professionals is important to complete the job successfully. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry when repairing your roof, as it can be expensive and troublesome.

Pros of Stone-Coated Roofing

The biggest difference between stone-coated steel and metal roofs is the stone granule mix that coats the metal roofing. Under the stone coating, it’s just like normal metal roofing with all the practical benefits that come with it—longevity, durability, and low maintenance. The stone granules coating the metal add more benefits, such as better insulation and noise dampening.

Stone-coated steel roofing can also mimic the appearance of traditional roofing materials, such as asphalt or wood. This versatility provides more options for your home’s appearance and allows you to have that traditional look without any drawbacks.

Cons of Stone-Coated Roofing

The biggest drawback of a stone-coated steel roof is the initial cost. However, the quality and style of these roofs raise their value, and their incredible longevity will ensure the initial cost pays for itself over time. Luckily, the initial cost is the only major drawback, as manufacturers developed stone coatings to compensate for the drawbacks of traditional metal roofs.