Standing Seam Roofs

Standing seam roofing are continuous panels that run from the roof’s ridge to eave. Typically these are metal roofs that use long vertical panels that are connected by fasteners or are sealed together to eliminate moisture from getting under the paneling. They have many advantages, including high durability, requiring little maintenance, being quite energy efficient and can last up to 80 years or more.

“Standing seam roofing is made of vertical metal panels, often 10′, 12′ or 16′ in length where the seams or joints are sealed together to create an air and watertight joint. These roofs are effective at shedding water and are very durable against window, fire, hail and other natural elements.”

Basics Of Standing Seam Roofing

Standing seam roofing is made of vertical metal panels, often 10′, 12′ or 16′ in length where the seams or joints are sealed together to create an air and watertight joint. These roofs are effective at shedding water and are very durable against window, fire, hail and other natural elements. They are certainly not the cheapest in terms of roof replacement cost. The installation is relatively easy and the longevity of these systems is often 50 to 80 years.


Standing Seam Roofing Prices

Stainless Steel Installed Price: $10.00 – $12.00 per sq. ft.

Aluminum Installed Price: $10 – $15 per sq. ft.

Benefits Of Standing Seam Roofing

Modern Appearance
Standing seam roofing has a very modern and contemporary look that many homeowners love. The panels have sleek lines and a single solid color that can also appear commercial or industrial in nature. Some manufacturers can create metal roofs that actually have irregualr patterns that create an entirely different appearance, something much more country in feeling.

Raised Seams
Standing seam roofing has raised seams that prevent water from entering. Since moisture and leaks are the main ways that roofs fail, the standing joint is a great way to avoid this troublesome problem and create a strong barrier against moisture and other outside elements from getting under the roof.

Metal Is Tough
Metal is one of the most durable options available and many are warranted for 50 years and can last 100 with proper roof maintenance. for roofing materials. One note: while metal is a tough material, it is prone to denting from hail or heavy limbs falling on it, but this will rarely compromise the overall integrity of the material.

Energy Efficient
Many standing seam roofing materials reflect UV rays and are therefore considered cool roofs. This means they do not transfer the heat into the house below, keeping a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The net result is low energy bills, which can add up over time.

Require Little Maintenance
These require very little maintenance because they are usually at a good pitch and shed water and snow pretty well. If branches or other debris should fall onto the roof and get stuck, the homeowner should clear them off and it certainly doesn’t hurt to hose the roof off every so often.

Disadvantages

Limited Number Of Contractors
Fewer roofing contractors are able or willing to install these types of roofs as compared to shingle or torch down roofing for instance. This usually equates to a higher cost for the install.

Limited Number Of Colors
Standing seam roofing is only available in a limited number of colors, although this is beginning to change and broaden. Available colors include earth tones such as brown and red, grays, and forest greens.