What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?If the time has come for you to get a new roof it’s likely that you want something a little bit different than the standard asphalt roof for your installation. Metal installations have become the most popular types of roofing materials on the market today. Even though metal requires a bit of an upgrade on the traditional cost of a roof, it offers greater cost savings over time. In order to determine which type of metal roofing system will suit the needs of your roof best, it’s important to consider the difference between these types of roofs. The two main metal roofing systems are a Standing Seam Roof and a Screw-Down roofing panel:

Standing Seam Roof

A standing seam roof includes the panels that are locked together in a mechanical fashion. The ribs of the roof or standing seams are placed 12 to 24 inches apart based on the panel and aesthetics and the system is screwed down to form the full roofing system. 

A screw-down roofing panel uses screws and washers that are screwed into the face of the metal. This is often a somewhat simpler system but it can be advantageous for cutting down costs. 

If you’re trying to decide between these two types of roofing systems, your hands may be tied if you are going to be installing a roofing system at your residence. Any heated space that you’re installing a metal roofing system over will likely require a standing seam roof. Standing seam roofs can also be used for porches and accent purchases but it’s not typically a roofing style that is put over a living area. 

The middle that goes into your new roof will be treated to handle a proper thermal expansion. Your rueful change based on the temperature outside and the expansion capability determines which type of roofing material is going to be best suited for the climate in your area. Standing panels will be fastened under each rip and with these panels, it is possible to have the roofing materials continue to expand and change with the seasons. Having this ability for expansion is also very important if you’re planning on heating or cooling the area below because the temperatures under the roofing materials will continue to change regularly. Using the other form of metal roofing will involve screwing the metal down to the roof which does not allow the roofing materials to expand and contract in a natural format. This means that your roofing materials can experience increased wear and difficulty with longevity over a heated space. 

The maintenance for each type of roofing system varies as well. A standing seam roofing material requires almost no maintenance and if it’s been installed properly the entire system can expand and contract throughout the seasons without the need for the same ongoing maintenance that you would experience from other roofing materials. Standing seam roofing requires the contractor to come out every 5 to 10 years to take a look at the screws and to adjust the seams from their expansion and contraction over the years. 

Although the cost of these roofing systems can also vary, using a standing seam roof is often an advantageous choice over the long term for the amount of maintenance that will be required in the ongoing costs that a homeowner will experience. The added cost of materials in the upfront labor costs can be more than a roof that is simply screwed into place, but not having to worry about extensive maintenance for 50+ years offers a significant amount of savings.

If you’d like to learn more about the metal roofing system that would suit your needs best, contact us today and we can prepare a consultation for you.