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Stone-Coated Steel Roofs are Built to Last

Every so often, Oklahomans go through the same ritual — weather a strong storm, inspect the roof of their house for damage and get on a waiting list for roof repair. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about Oklahoma’s sometimes-nasty weather. But Charles Nichols, owner of Nichtech Roofing & General Contracting, says there’s a way to keep your roof standing against just about anything Mother Nature will throw at it.

Nichols is one of the few Tulsa roofing companies that install Gerard’s Stone-Coated Metal Roof Systems and he installs more than any other Tulsa roofing company. He’s worked with the product since 2005 and made the Gerard System a featured product of his business since its inception in 2009.

“I haven’t seen any of them damaged to the point that they need to be replaced or even repaired,” Nichols said. “Even though the stone-coated metal roof isn’t yet a common sight in every Oklahoma neighborhood, the basic idea has been around since World War II.”

“When we stormed the beaches in Europe and wanted to hide ammunition, we dug holes, covered them with tin, and put oil over the tin followed by sand. The oil caused the sand to stick to the tin so it wouldn’t blow off and expose the ammunition storage — it looked like the beach,” he said. That simple solution led to the development of this type of metal roofing system.

The Gerard System is a 26-gauge steel panel with a ceramic coated crushed granite surface. The stone surface is applied over an acrylic epoxy and baked onto the steel panel. The textured shingles can mimic several kinds of traditional shingles including traditional asphalt shingles, wood shake shingles and even Spanish tile.

Though the use of stone suggests a heavier-than-normal roof, “the product is so light weight that it can actually be installed over asphalt or wood shake shingles and in some cases over existing metal panels,” Nichols said. “It’s less weight per square foot than the lightest asphalt shingles on the market.”

Although it’s somewhat complicated, Nichols and his skilled team can secure the roof in typically 1 to 3 days depending on the size of the home and slope of the roof. It’s installed over a framing system that is attached directly to the structure.

The key benefit of stone-coated steel roofs is durability. Nichols said the roofs are warranted and capable of standing up to 2.5 inch hail and winds exceeding 120mph. And due to the composition they simply won’t burn.

The design brings additional benefits. It creates an air space between the shingle itself and the roof deck creating an energy-efficient barrier. Nichols estimated these roofs could lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 20 to 40%.

“This metal roof system is considered an Impact Resistant Roof so it qualifies for discounts from many insurance carriers,” he said. “The Gerard Stone-Coated Metal Roof System is literally the best roof system I can put on your home,” Nichols said. “Along with the durability, energy efficiency and added insurance discounts, the roof system literally pays for itself.”

Though Nichols hasn’t seen major damage to the roofs in the decade he’s been installing them, he’s seen one trend — the metal roofing system is becoming more popular and less expensive. “Steel is more affordable than it’s ever been,” he said. Given the growing number of Nichols’ customers that are requesting metal roof systems, the Gerard Stone-Coated Metal Roof System is set to become commonplace throughout Oklahoma.