Stone-Coated Steel
Metal Roof - Residential

It never rains in Arizona...except when you're re-roofing your house.

The original architectural shingles weathered well for 28+ years. There were no leaks, no boards that required replacing, and only fascia was repaired or refinished.  Nevertheless, one man did prep work for many weeks. Over the house, the actual new roof was completed in six long work days by two experienced roofers. They nailed 23 squares. The garage is an additional 10 squares and was done after work on the main house was completed.

     We chose stone-coated steel because it has a 50-year warranty. It is environmentally friendly as it can be applied over one layer of old asphalt shingles, which is also a real savings in labor. Thus installed, it is extra insulation against heat and sound (we couldn't hear the rain). Note that this house is in foothills of the Sonoran Desert: if your house is in a damp climate or is subject to salty winds that facilitate rust and moss and mold, you must remove the old shingles and tar paper.

     Reflective underlayment was laid over the old shingles and nailed with specialty fasteners. The crew used air guns to nail the shingles over the underlayment. They cut shingles with a table saw, blade turned backwards.

     Prep work entailed cutting off the perimeter shingles, applying new rake, valleys, and drip edges, removing old air vents, replacing flashing, sawing ridge vents...     

All photos this page © Kathy Noltze unless otherwise noted.





Ropes, harnesses, and goggles for safety.





Pause for reloading...


This project requires a nimble person...





It's lonely at the top:

Trying to beat the clock before a rain day.




Many weeks of prep work preceded shingle application.

(This fellow wears his best pants to work.)

Checking flashing around chimney.





This walkingstick must have been baffled by a pile of steel shingles. He inspected it for hours before he sauntered off.





©RJH 2011       


©2012 Noltze

  November 2011:

Certified contractor Build Pro of Stevens Point

supplied labor and expert advice. The original

builder of the house, who is an experienced roofer,

provided labor and prep work. This is the first

stone-coated steel roof either man worked on.






Do the homeowners believe the expense of a stone-coated steel roof is worth it?  At this point, we say "yes" resoundingly. It enhances the looks of our house. I expect lower utility bills (ask me in a couple months), lower insurance premiums (ask me next year), and possibly an income tax break. As for durability and warranty, ask me in 50 years.         Kathy Noltze