How Gerard’s ingenious pressed steel roofing works
A Gerard roof is made up of individual lightweight pressed steel panels secured using a unique fixing system that effectively locks them together to form a single structural unit. The result is a roof that’s stylish, copes with severe weather and lasts a very long time.
Textured or satin finish
Some profiles allow you to choose either a textured or satin finish on the surface of your roof. Both have their merits but a textured stone finish is inclined to look a little more substantial yet visually softer; satin finishes tend to produce a smoother, crisper look accentuating roof patterns and details more.
Gerard’s satin finish looks just like coloured steel but the surface is much more durable.
Gerard’s satin finish is a 45-micron topcoat of ultra-tough polymer acrylic applied after the shape has been pressed into the steel. The process ensures a consistent covering without the danger of micro-cracks. (Coloured steel is painted before it is pressed; this process can cause micro-cracking in the surface.)
Satin finish advantages:
Less expensive than a textured finish
Smooth surface with clearer detail
Colouring after shaping prevents micro-cracks
Natural stone chips are fused to using layers of acrylic resin and a resilient over-glaze. Some colours are entirely natural, intrinsic to the minerals themselves; others are mineral fragments with permanent ceramic coatings.
Textured finish benefits:
- A stronger, more substantial look
- Additional protection from the elements
- Natural stone finish is almost entirely fade-free
- Textured finishes last longer than paint finishes
- Gerard textured finishes have longer warranty
More details about Gerard’s coatings
Custom finishes can be created for special projects by request.
A Gerard satin finish can be made to match any colour sample. We also have the ability to develop a custom textured finish – for example, we could work with stone that’s native to your location.