A standing seam metal roof is a great choice for a homeowner because they require very little maintenance and are extremely long-lasting. With a standing seam metal roof, it’s unlikely the roof will ever have to be replaced.
What’s Involved in a Standing Seam Metal Roof
These types of roofs have metal panels that are placed vertically on the roof deck. The panels connect to one another by crimping and creating a seal that keeps the elements out, there are no exposed fasteners. A standing seam metal roof is typically made with either steel, aluminum or copper. The copper choice offers a distinctive look but is easily the most expensive of the three choices.
Advantages of a Standing Seam Metal Roof
- Weather resistant. No matter the metal chosen, the homeowner ends up with a roof that can withstand high winds and hail and is exceptionally waterproof and impervious to fire.
- Lightweight. Many types of standing seam metal roofs weigh less than 200 pounds per square, making it easier to transport and therefore easy to install. Metal roofs are lighter than composite roofing, but still retain considerable strength and durability.
- Puncture resistant. Whether it’s from flying debris in a storm, contact with a nearby tree or an accidental misstep or other accident by a homeowner walking on the roof, punctures are a very common way for leaks to develop on roofs. But a standing seam metal roof is nearly puncture resistant.
- Natural reflectors. The rays of the sun naturally reflect off of metal roofs, which also can be covered with additional reflective coating to help create a cool roof. Instead of super-heating 70 to 80 degrees above the outside temperature, a metal roof reflects much of the sunlight and keeps the roof at a temperature closer the actual reading outside. This also leads to lower energy bills, particularly in the summer.
- Cost effective. While the standing seam metal roof may cost more, initially, than other roof types such as asphalt or wood, lifetime cost breakdown offers a different analysis. When other roofing types are replaced every 15 to 25 years, a metal roof can remain viable for 50 years or longer. In addition, standing seam metal roofs have very low maintenance costs.