Austin Roofing: Article About Stone Coated Steel Roofs
Stone coated steel tile and shake roofs are a roofing option that many people are not familiar with. However, they can be a great choice for a number of reasons, and this is particularly true for people who live in areas that are prone to hurricanes, fire, and hail because this material provides better protection against damage from the elements than almost any other material available.
This type of roofing can be installed in several ways. If home owners would like the job done quickly and want to save on material expenses, they can have the stone coated steel tile and shake roofing attached directly to their roof deck. With this type of installation, roofs can still survive in hurricane force winds. However, having the roofing material connected to the roof deck without any battens will reduce the amount of ventilation and air space between the roof deck and the tile.
Counter batten installation can increase ventilation to help home owners save on their energy bills. With this process, Austin roofing installers use a batten spacer guide to put the counter battens in place. The battens are secured into the structural tresses through the roof deck and existing roofing materials using a pneumatic nailer. This installation method can help people reroof their homes without having to tear out existing material, and it can also lead to increased roof height.
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People can also have their stone coated steel tile and shake roofs installed over battens. These are boards that are put in horizontally across a structure's trusses. Roofing panels are installed over the battens, and they are spaced a regular distance apart from one another. In the past, metal roofing manufacturers recommended attaching panels directly to the home's structure instead of battens because of issues with moisture on the panels' underside. However, today's homes are much more airtight than they generally were in the past, and manufacturers encourage people to install stone coated steel tile and shake roofs using battens.
One great benefit of stone covered steel roofs is that their longevity adds to the savings that people experience when purchasing one. A typical roof will need to be replaced every 15 to 35 years. However, with the combined strength of stone and steel, these roofs can last for more than 50 years. With this, homeowners are able to ultimately pay less in the long run for a highly attractive stone-covered roof than they would if they chose asphalt or another variety of roofing material that needs to be replaced regularly.