A standing seam metal roof is promoted as one of the most durable and hassle-free types of roofs, but is that true?
There are a lot of roofing products out there, from copper to zinc, and if you’re in the market for a new roof installation, here’s everything you need to know about it.
What Is It?
A standing seam is a system for roofing and wall installation that features a raised vertical metal seam and a flat area surface between two-panel legs. The standing seam panels have to be installed in sequence after the underlayment has been placed. The panels are seamed on the surfaces through a variety of ways.
This has a different installation technique than exposed fastener metal roofing systems where the metal panels are overlapped and fastened directly to the roof sheathing using a nail strip. With the standing seam, the panels interlock and are designed to run across the entire roof and held down with clips like. Standing seam systems are often also called “concealed fastener” because of this.
There are four basic styles of this type of roofing:
- Two-piece snap-lock;
- One-piece snap-lock;
- Mechanically seamed;
- Symmetrical mechanically seamed.
Out of all the different types of metal roofs, the standing seam roofing one could be the best choice if you add it over an existing roofing material. Standing seam metal roofing is quite durable and can last a long time.
Metal roofs and standing seams are made out of aluminium, steel, or copper, so you have plenty of options to choose from. It’s one of the best options for homes in rain-prone areas because they can handle quite well even heavy amounts of rain, as well as heavy winds. Because of their drainage advantage, it’s also quite easy to maintain and clean.
Additionally, metal roofing is a good choice if you have a lot of sunlight exposure and you want to protect your home against extra heat. This is a cool roofing style that can effectively reflect extra sunlight away from your home.
Also, with metal, there is a problem with the contraction and expansion of the panel. With this roofing style, however, there is plenty of leeway for the panels to breathe and move, so you don’t have to worry about any permanent damage.
Standing seam prices can be rather high compared to other types of roofing, like asphalt shingle roofs, so if your budget does not have some wiggle room, then it might not be the best choice for you.
Additionally, if your roof is too steep, then the roof installation may prove problematic. Flat roofing may not be ideal either because walking in these standing seam panels can be very dangerous. But your contractor can help you figure out an ideal solution depending on the type of roof you already have.
Still don’t know if a standing seam metal roof is for you? Though it can come in a variety of different styles, it might just not be what you need.
But we can help you figure out the best roofing style for you and your home. Get in touch with City2Surf Roofing today and work with a team that has decades of roofing experience. With us, your new roof will truly bring an added value to your home. Give us a call on 1300 296 842.