Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation & Pricing Details
If you have never heard of metal roofing before, standing seam is a descriptive industry term for vertical sheet metal roofing panels. Standing seam is one of the most popular metal roofing system because of its simplicity, versatility and bold looks. Building owners considering installing a standing seam metal roof are often attracted to the simple beauty of the raised seams offering that stylish and modern look to their homes.
Standing Seam is a high-end upgrade from the classic rib style that became synonymous with corrugated metal roofing. Unlike its predecessor, corrugated steel roofing, which is still being widely used today for commercial, industrial and even for some residential metal roofing projects, standing seam metal roofing system has an improved design featuring concealed fasteners. This minimizes a chance for a roof leak down the road.
Standing seam roofs are generally made from thicker grades of steel than corrugated steel roofs of the past. While corrugated steel metal roofs of the past have been made using a very thin 29 gauge steel A minimum 26 gauge galvalume steel is used for manufacturing of standing seam roofing panels. A 24, and 22 gauge steel can also be used for residential and commercial profiles. A mid-panel stiffening technique is sometimes employed by the metal roofing suppliers and manufacturers for 16 inch and wider standing seam metal roofing panels in order to prevent "oil canning" of the panels. Standing Seam Metal Roofs are also factory painted with a high-end Kynar 500 Paint, unlike the corrugated metal roofs that were often painted with cheaper acrylic paints.
Many forward-looking architects are especially fond of specifying standing seam metal roofs for new construction and existing roofs due to the beauty, durability, longevity, relative softness with strength and flexibility of metal. Standing seam metal roofs help improve roof's energy efficiency and provide an effective solution against ice dams on the roof.
Standing seam panels can be manufactured from coated steel, bare and painted aluminum, bare zinc, bare copper, and from stainless steel. If you live near the coast/sea shore, it is a good idea to opt for an aluminum standing seam metal roofing system in order to prevent corrosion due to a relatively high concentration of salt present in the near-coast air/environment.
Two Types of Standing Seam
There is a field locked standing seam that requires special crimping tools to crimp down/lock the seams during the installation. A snap lock standing seam metal roofing is a bit pricier but the seams can be locked by a simple snapping of the panels together. You will still have to use manufacturer approved fasteners with every panel during the installation
How Does a Standing Seam Metal Roof compare to Metal Shingles?
Standing seam metal roofs generally cost 25% to 35% more to install than metal roofing shingles. This is largely attributed to a more tedious labor necessary to install a standing seam metal roof. In terms of performance, there is no significant difference between the two systems, however the quality of your metal roof's installation and adherence to manufacturer's specifications is the single most important factor determining longevity and performance of any residential or commercial high-end metal roof.