Despite a rich history of use on commercial structures, steel shingles have only recently been introduced for the residential market and are already available in a range of styles, colors and finishes to suit almost any home, from Victorian to modern. Steel shingles are available to look like cedar, tile or slate, and some manufacturers will manufacture shingles to match any color.
A steel shingle starts with a core of steel that may be bonded to other layers, including aluminum and other metals. The outer coat of paint and stone granules are baked on, unlike an asphalt shingle where the coating is glued on. A further coating is added to protect the shingle from environmental damage.
Steel shingles are attached to the roof using an interlocking system with concealed fasteners. An experienced Ocean County roofing servicer will have the skills and experience to install this modern product.
Besides their aesthetic appeal and availability in a wide variety of colors and styles, a significant advantage of steel shingles over asphalt is their longevity. Steel shingles will last at least twice as long as asphalt, often 50-70 years or longer.
Because of this, their higher initial cost is offset by their longer lifespan, which can also increase the value of a home. Their lower maintenance requirements results in savings of both time and money as well.
Steel shingles are also very fire resistant and impervious to termites. They don’t crack and are not susceptible to mold and mildew. Steel shingles are generally more wind and hail resistant, and their coatings resist the corrosion associated with other types of metal roofs. Steel shingles can be incorporated into cool roofs, and their reflective nature may result in lower air conditioning costs. Because of all of these benefits, many insurance companies offer substantial discounts on homeowner policy premiums for houses roofed with steel shingles. In addition, steel shingles are said to be suitable for re-roofing, or laying a new roof directly over an existing roof.
The ultimate decision of whether to use steel shingles is usually determined by the budget. Although the extra cost over asphalt shingles is more than made up in the long term thanks to maintenance, energy and replacement cost savings over the years, the higher upfront cost may seem cumbersome to homeowners. However, when shopping for a new roof, it makes a lot of sense to at least consider steel shingles as an option. A roofing contractor from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County NJ can answer your questions about gutters or skylights.
Ocean County Roofing: Article About Steel Shingles
Roofing term from Fortified Roofing, Ocean County NJ:
This term refers to the process of installing a new roof directly onto an existing roof. The main reason to re-roof a house is to save the often considerable cost of tearing off the old roof. Most houses can only be re-roofed once, and there may be local municipality building codes that apply.
Question and answer from Ocean County roofing experts Fortified Roofing:
How expensive are steel shingles?
Steel shingles are usually 3-4 times as expensive as asphalt. This sounds like a lot, but steel costs a fraction of what slate costs and offers close to the same longevity. The higher upfront cost is usually more than offset by lower maintenance, repair, energy, insurance and replacement costs, together with an increased value of the home.
View All Articles
Ask A Question
If you would like to ask a question regarding roofers, a new roof installation, roof leak repairs, skylight options or gutters and downspouts please contact Fortified Roofing today!
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 8 customer reviews.
I had my roof replaced by Fortified Roofing and they did an amazing job. I’m really happy with the service and price.
John and his people done a wonderful work at my house. All the work completed is at very high standards with reasonable cost. They completed Facia, Soffits and roof at my house. I would definitely recommend Fortified Roofing Ewing for the services they offer.
The boys at Fortified Roofing did a great job on my roof in Brick. I had an old rusty tin roof and went for a roof replacement – I love it. The process was easy and I was kept informed the whole time. No more leaks. Thanks very much John.
Just had my roof done by John an the boys from Fortified Roofing Brick, great job and easy to deal with. Really happy with the price and service.
Had such a good experience with Fortified Roofing from Brick! So helpful and my roof looks great. Thanks John and the team!
John was really helpful at explaining all the options to get a great solution to fix our roof in Brick NJ! Appreciated the effort to fit our roof repair work in, even though they were already very busy and so we’re more than happy with the end result.
Very professional company, technicians are incredibly helpful and nice! I highly recommend giving Fortified Roofing Ewing a call if you need your roof repaired!
Everything ran smoothly. The crew was in and out before I knew it. Roof looked great. Site was spotless when they left . I haven’t found any old nails on the ground. They cleaned up beautifully. They did everything that was promised.
I would definitely recommend this Company. Friendly and courteous from start to finish.
Oh My! People say such nice things!