Standing seam metal roofing is an elegant and long-lasting roofing solution. This concept in residential roofing is also relatively new when compared to traditional shingle and shake roofs.
Standing Seam Metal Roof Details
Just what is standing seam metal roofing and why should you consider it? A standing seam metal roof consists of a series of vertically ribbed metal panels. The panels are usually between 12 and 19 inches wide, and they may be fabricated from a variety of materials:
- Galvalume steel - a zinc and aluminum alloy coated steel
- Galvanized steel - a zinc-coated steel that is pre-painted
- Aluminum - aluminum panels are also typically pre-painted
- Copper or zinc - less common premium metal panels fabricated from pricier metals
The seams between the panels are either sealed by concealed fasteners that are anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 inches high, or by a specialseam locking tool that's used to create a field-locked standing seam. The metal panels run vertically from the roof ridge to the eaves, so moisture-catching horizontal seams are eliminated.
It is possible to fabricate the panels at the factory, a sheet metal shop or on-site. Panels formed on-site come from long metal rolls run though a mobile crimping machine. The flat sheet metal emerges as rigid panels of any required length.
Advantages of Standing Seam Metal Roofs
There are a number of reasons why this type of roof may successfully address your needs:
Curb appeal - Enjoy a roof with a modern flair and a sleek look. Also, metal roofs tend to come in a wider variety of colors than asphalt shingles, so it is easier to create just the look that you desire. They also feature various widths, rib heights and seam profiles to make it possible to better match the architectural style of your home.
Durability - A metal roof will typically last quite a bit longer than a shingle or shake roof for a number of reasons. First of all, metal roofing will not crack, erode, perforate or shrink. Wind protection is also exceptional. Individual shingles and shakes may come loose in high winds, while metal panels are virtually impervious to such winds.
Longevity - A standing seam metal roof will often last over 50 years. During that time, it will usually require little or no maintenance.
Snow and ice - A key advantage with standing seam metal roofs in Montgomery County and throughout Maryland is their ability to shed snow and ice. This reduces concern over weight-buildup, particularly after wet, heavy snowfalls. By contrast, textured shingle and shake roofing tends to grab and hold snow and ice that may dramatically increase the weight load on the roof.
Sustainability - Metal roofs are environmentally friendly in a number of ways. First of all, the material often includes a certain amount of recycled steel or aluminum. Second, a metal roof can be fully recycled at the end of its useful life. Then there is the potential for energy savings. Asphalt shingles tend to absorb solar radiation, while metal roofs tend to reflect it back into the atmosphere. Therefore, a standingseam metal roof will tend to minimize solar heat gain and reduce cooling costs.
Elevated seams - The very name "standing seam" suggests that seams are above the surface of the panels to a degree that they don't attract water and moisture. There are also fewer seams required compared to other common roofing systems.
If you have not previously heard of standing seam metal roofs, it is understandable. Many roofing contractors primarily do asphalt shingle roofs, so they may not mention this option.
Standing seam metal roofs require installation by a qualified contractor like BRAX Roofing. To learn whether this attractive and long-lasting roofing option might be right for you,