DECRA: A History of Roofing Resilience

Metal Roofing History

When the Decraspray Company was commissioned by Allied Command way back in World War 2 to develop a technique for protecting critical metal-roofed supply and ordnance buildings from German air raids, they had no idea that they were about to take the first step in the evolution of a new roofing material destined to last a lifetime. The original intent was to camouflage shiny metal roofs, blending them in with the surrounding paved areas. Decraspray developed the first innovative ground stone formula which was very successful in hiding metal roofs from German bombsights. But there were many more advantages to the Decraspray coating.

Decades later attempts to remove the durable Decraspray coating proved to be quite a challenge for those charged with this nearly impossible task. Roofing professionals were amazed, both by the material's tenacious bonding and the perfectly preserved condition of metal underneath after years of exposure to the elements. Today, DECRA has built upon that original foundation of resilience, developing an even more advanced acrylic-based bonding formula, with a zinc alloy stone coating over multiple layers of high-grade impact-resistant steel to provide the absolute best roofing material in the industry, warrantied to last a lifetime.

Enhancing Sophisticated Roof Designs With DECRA Roofing Products

The superiority of metal roofing for weathering the elements and long-lasting durability is no secret, but for most of the 20th Century, their use has been restricted to utilitarian industrial and commercial applications. Corrugated sheets and standing seam panel metal roofs are tough but ugly. That's not a problem for factories and other industrial roofs, but these types are difficult to incorporate in elegant architectural themes for sophisticated residential designs and distinguished commercial buildings. DECRA metal roofing products are designed to bridge the gap between industrial durability and architectural beauty, without the compromises in strength and longevity which come with every other conventional roofing material.

Aesthetics and curb appeal are important elements of the most stately home designs, and the roof is one of the most prominent design elements. It's hard to imagine a Mediterranean Villa or Old World Italian home without their traditional clay tile roofs. A Tudor mansion with a standing seam metal roof, lacking the dimensional emphasis of traditional architectural shingles, might hardly be recognized as a stately Tudor home at all. Many home and building owners in the past have compromised on roof strength and durability by settling for the conventional roofing materials which provide only traditional beauty, resolving themselves to the burden of replacing these beautiful but fragile roofs every 10 to 20 years.

With DECRA's expansive product line, no compromises are required. DECRA can fulfill any traditional architectural roofing profile including:

  • Clay Tile
  • Slate Tile
  • Wood Shakes
  • Architectural Shingles

DECRA's architectural versatility was put to the test when the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Oahu, Hawaii needed to replace their traditional 23,500 sq.ft. thatched roof. DECRA shakes in Weathered Timber provided the solution, matching the pattern and texture of the original roof to preserve the historical integrity of the Center, all while increasing shear strength with wind and impact resistance that can't be matched by any other conventional roofing profile.

Common Misconceptions About Conventional Roofing Materials and Longevity

Many manufacturers of conventional tile, slate, wood, and asphalt shingles make exorbitant claims about longevity, with some claiming that their materials will last 100 years or more. This might be true if the materials were protectively stored in some Museum of Antiquated Roofing Materials but normal exposure to the elements results in a realistic lifespan of 12-20 years for asphalt shingle roofs, according to statistics at State Farm Insurance.

Clay and slate tiles crack easily from walking on them, or under impact from hail or storm debris. Wood shakes are prone to wet/dry cycle expansion stresses which cause warping, splitting, and loosening around the fasteners. Wood shakes require additional treatments for fire-proofing and both wood and asphalt roofs are prone to fungus and bacterial growth in humid conditions, requiring ongoing chemical treatments and maintenance.

Cost-Effectiveness and Sustainable Roofing With DECRA

70% of today's residential roofs use asphalt shingles, largely because consumers perceive them to be the most cost-effective option. While it's true that asphalt shingles are usually the cheapest for the initial installation cost, the need to replace these less durable roofs every 10-20 years negates any savings over the lifespan of the building. A quality metal roof will cost just 1/6 of the spending required for repeatedly reroofing with asphalt shingles.

DECRA roofs also provide additional savings over the lifetime of the home by reducing energy costs with the most energy-efficient roofing profiles available. Homeowners report energy savings of 20% and more after upgrading to metal roofing. DECRA's ultra-lightweight profiles also reduce the need for complete tear-offs in many cases, saving even more on labor and shingle disposal which contributes a disturbing 11 million tons of landfill waste each year.

DECRA is an industry leader in energy-efficient roofing profiles and sustainable green construction for the 21st Century. DECRA is a prominent contributor to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a proud member of the US Green Building Council.

Conventional Roofing Warranty Limitations

Conventional roofing manufacturers may entice homeowners with impressive 30-50 year warranties, but let the buyer beware. Many of these warranties are easily voided at will by the manufacturer with impact limits on the size of hail, and rigorous installation and workmanship requirements which can void the warranty if not followed to the manufacturer's satisfaction. DECRA stone-coated steel products have no such limitations, and in fact, qualify for insurance discounts in many states with the highest Class 4 impact rating meeting the most challenging UL 2218 impact standards. Durable DECRA roofs can meet the strictest building codes, even in hurricane-prone regions such as Miami Dade, Florida.

Why DECRA For the Roof of a Lifetime?

DECRA's roofing products are all backed by a transferable Lifetime Limited Warranty, the best and most comprehensive to be found in the roofing industry. We've conducted the most challenging wind testing by exposing our products to 2 times the wind velocity of our 120 mph warranty to ensure a 100% safety factor.

DECRA's advanced stone-coating formula features infrared blocking pigments and enhanced heat emittance and solar reflectivity to optimize energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs. Unlike wood shakes or asphalt shingles, DECRA roofs retain their original beauty and color for decades. Far superior to fragile clay and slate tile roofs, DECRA roofing profiles are completely walkable, with the strength of multiple layers of steel that can handle ice, sleet, and the heaviest hail impact. DECRA roofing products add shear strength to the roof which no other conventional roofing material can offer.

DECRA is the gold standard for 21st Century roofing, the one-and-done, low-maintenance roofing solution for high-value homeowners, distinguished institutions and enterprises, and roofing professionals who will settle for nothing less than the best roof in the industry. DECRA is a U.S. manufacturer, the original innovator of stone-coated steel roofing systems, operating out of our state-of-the-art facility in Corona, California. While we have many overseas imitators, none can match the quality, strength, and ageless beauty of DECRA stone-coated steel.

You can get more information on how DECRA exceeds expectations with innovative metal roofing products by checking out the DECRA Roofing Product page.