When it comes to roof design, there’s no substrate slicker than steel. But if you think that a metal roof is only suited for ultra-modern home architecture, it’s time to reconsider.
Innovations in metal roof tiles design are resulting in near-perfect replicas of shake, shale and even terracotta shingles – making a metal roof a viable and attractive option for Victorian, Georgian, and Craft-style homes. The steel is produced to replicate these natural materials’ grains and textures, but with all the added sustainability and economic benefits.
A metal roof tile is imprinted with an image of the wood-type or stone texture to give it a natural finish. But nothing in nature is perfectly uniform. So the trick to ensuring your metal roof looks as natural as possible is to choose a tile that considers nature’s imperfections.
True Nature is a metal roof tile that comes in multi-width impressions, so tiles blend seamlessly without hard lines or edges. Additional corrugation adds weight and texture to the tile, which also helps enhance its realism and also adds to the tile’s strength.
When creating the True Nature tile, the Vicwest design team noticed that the paint application can make even the most realistic impression appear fake. To overcome this, Vicwest developed its own proprietary paint finish process that produces varying tones and shades when evenly applied – just like pigments appear on natural materials.
These innovations make protecting a centuries-old home with a metal roof the smart choice. Not only will it offer a greater ROI by extending the lifespan of your home, but a metal roof can also boost an older home’s energy efficiency and reduce its environmental impact overall. And now, thanks to innovative products like True Nature, the design options for integrating modern metal technology and classic architecture are finally looking up.