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Is Decra Metal Roofing Right for Your Home? A Look at the Pros, Cons, and Cost

February , 2023 | 10 min. read

By Nicole Corson

beautiful brick home with a Decra shake roof

Are you in the market for a new roof and considering Decra metal roofing?  Decra metal roofing has become a popular choice among many homeowners.  With its unique combination of durability and aesthetic appeal.

But what are the pros and cons of this roofing material? How does it compare to other types of roofing? And what is the cost of installation?

Surely these are all questions you'll want answers to before making a major decision to invest in a Decra roof system. 

We get it.

For 3 decades, our team at RoofCrafters has been answering all the difficult questions our clients present us with. We have helped countless homeowners make informed decisions about their roofing needs. As experts in the roofing industry, we've installed and repaired all kinds of roofing systems. Including Decra metal roofing. Our experience has shown us the benefits and drawbacks of this roofing material, and we're excited to share our insights with you.

In this article, we'll discuss the different styles and the pros, and cons of going with Decra metal. We'll also explore the cost of installation. And hopefully, by the end of this article, you'll have a better understanding of Decra metal roofing. And you'll be better prepared to make a decision if a Decra roof system is right for you.

Let's dive right in!

Introduction to Decra Metal Roofing: Understanding the Types and Styles


An ariel shot of a compound with Decra metal roofing

Decra is a stone-coated steel roofing. It combines the strength of steel with the beauty of traditional roofing materials. Due to its unique combination of durability and aesthetic appeal, it has become a popular choice among homeowners. It comes in a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from. Decra metal roofing can complement the look of any home. All while providing long-lasting protection against the elements. 

Types of Decra Metal Roofing

  1. Decra Villa Tile: This type of Decra mimics the look of traditional Spanish-style barrel tile. It has a distinctive S-shape design. It's available in a range of colors, including Terracotta, Weathered Timber, and Antique Chestnut.
  2. Decra Tile: Decra Tile provides a classic Meditereanean-style look. It's a clean, traditional design that resembles a scalloped tile. It's available in colors such as Charcoal, Chestnut, and Sage Green.
  3. Decra Shingle HD: This type of Decra looks like traditional asphalt shingles but with the added strength and durability of steel. It's available in a range of colors, including Pinnacle Grey, Vintage Slate, and Shadowood.
  4. Decra Shake: Decra Shake mimics the look of hand-split wood shakes. But it's steel, providing superior durability and resistance to fire and wind. It's available in colors such as Pinnacle Grey, Terra Cotta, and Cedar.
  5. Decra Shake HD: This is an enhanced version of Decra Shake, with a thicker profile that gives it a more pronounced, rustic look. It's available in colors such as Sage Green, Chestnut, and Weathered Timber.


Decra Villa Tile and Decra Tile Colors


Decra"choose a color to match your style"  metal villa tile color selection chart

Decra Shingle HD Colors


"choose a color to match your style" Decra shingle colors

Decra Shake and Decra Shake HD Colors


"choose a color to match your style" Decra shake colors

As you can see, Decra metal roofing comes in a wide range of styles, with unique colors to choose from for each style. From the classic look of Decra Villa tile to the wood shake appearance of Decra Shake HD. Decra offers a variety of options to fit any home's style.

decra metal tileDecra Tile: color terracotta

Yet, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which Decra metal roofing style is right for you. In the next section, we'll dive into the pros and cons of Decra. So you'll have all the important information to make a well-informed decision if it's the right fit for you and your home.

Pros and Cons of Decra Metal Roofing: What You Need to Know


At RoofCrafters, we believe in providing our clients with all the information they need to make an informed decision. That's why in this section, we'll explore the pros and cons of Decra metal roofing. We believe that it's important to shed light on both the positive and negative aspects of this roofing material. 

While there are many benefits to choosing Decra, it's not a perfect fit for every home or budget. By examining both the pros and cons, we aim to help you make the best decision for your unique situation.

How Decra Metal Roofing Can Benefit Your Home: The Pros


  1. Durable: Decra metal roofing is incredibly durable and can last for up to 50 years or more with proper installation and maintenance. This means that you won't have to worry about replacing your roof anytime soon, which can save you a lot of money in the long run.
  2. High Wind Resistance: Decra metal roofing has been tested and certified to withstand wind speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. This makes it an ideal roofing material for areas that are prone to high winds or hurricanes.
  3. Increased Home Value: Installing Decra metal roofing can increase the value of your home. This is because metal roofing is considered a premium roofing material and is highly sought after by homebuyers.
  4. Energy Efficient: Decra metal roofing reflects the sun's rays, which can help keep your home cooler in the summer and reduce your energy bills. Additionally, some Decra products are designed to be installed over an air gap, which can help to further insulate your home.
  5. Lightweight: Decra metal roofing is a great alternative to heavy clay, concrete, or slate tiles. Decra metal roofing can be a great choice if your home wasn't constructed to support the weight of these heavy materials. Its strong lightweight nature also means the metal goes over your existing wood decking. Without needing any extra structural support. 
  6. Low Maintenance: Decra metal roofing is low maintenance compared to other roofing materials. It doesn't need "mortar"(like clay & concrete tiles) for regular cleaning, and it won't be damaged by foot traffic. 

Cons of Decra Metal Roofing: Things to Consider


  1. Increased Cost: A Decra metal roof is generally more expensive than traditional roofing materials. Materials such as asphalt shingles.
  2. Installation: Decra metal roofing is a specialty product. It requires installation by a professional. One with experience in working with Decra metal roofing systems. This will increase the cost of installation over other less specialized products.
  3. Noise: Decra metal roofing can be quieter than other types of metal roofing. We have to mention it can still be noisier than traditional roofing materials during rain or hail storms.
  4. Potential for color fading: As with any roofing material, Decra metal roofing can fade over time due to exposure to the elements.
  5. Potential for denting: While Decra metal roofing is durable, it can be susceptible to denting from large hail or falling tree branches.
  6. The look: Some homeowners may not like the appearance of metal roofing on their homes. It looks different from traditional or the more popular asphalt roofing materials.

Now that you've learned about the different styles and colors, as well as the pros and cons of Decra metal roofing. Let's tackle the big elephant in the room: Cost.

Decra Metal Roofing Cost: How Much Can You Expect to Pay?


It's important to consider the upfront costs of Decra metal roofing. It can be more expensive than traditional roofing materials. But, it's also important to consider the long-term benefits of a metal roof. Benefits such as its durability and energy efficiency, which can save you money in the long run. 

Ultimately, the decision to invest in a Decra metal roofing system will depend on your budget and personal preferences, style, and swag.

Here is the average cost range for each style of Decra metal roofing:

Beautiful stucco home with Decra Villa TimeDecra Villa Tile: $14 to $19 per square foot


Decra Tile roof in the color GarnetDecra Tile: $10 to $16 per square foot


Decra Villa Tile: $12 to $18 per square foot
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Decra metal shingle roof in classic cobblestone colorDecra Shingle HD: $11.50 to $17.50 per square foot


Decra Shake Roof on a large house in a charcoal colorDecra Shake: $10.50 to $16.50 per square foot


Decra Shake HD roof in pinnacle greyDecra Shake HD: $11.75 to $17.75 per square foot


Keep in mind the cost of installation may vary based on several factors. The main factors include the complexity of the roof, the square footage, the contractor's experience, and the location of the project. It's important to get a detailed quote from an experienced Decra installer to get an accurate quote of the cost of your roofing project. 

Is Decra Metal Roofing the Right Choice for You?


It depends! For homeowners looking for a durable, energy-efficient, and attractive roofing solution. Yes. As mentioned, Decra offers a range of styles and colors to fit any home's design, with the added benefits of increased home value and wind resistance. 

But, as with any major investment, it's important to consider both the pros and cons before making a decision. And with some careful consideration, if the pros outweigh the cons for you. Decra metal roofing can be a smart investment for your home.

We believe that Decra metal roofing can be a great option for many homeowners. With our family's commitment at RoofCrafters to helping homeowners for 30 years. We've had many of our clients over the years choose a Decra metal roof system. Hopefully, this article has given you a better understanding of the different types and styles of Decra metal roofing. Let us know how we could better serve you. We'd be happy to help you in any way that we can.

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Nicole Corson

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