Pros and Cons of Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Did you know that analysts expect metal roofing installations to grow over 50% by the end of 2021? Roof replacements make up 94% of roofing projects in North America. Those two stats mean many people are switching to metal.

Any roofing contractor will tell you that standing seam metal roofing is one of the best metal types of roofs available today. Are you considering getting a new roof for your Effingham IL home?

The following guide will explain the pros and cons of installing standing seam metal for residential roofing. Read on to find out if this popular roofing option is right for you.

What Is Standing Seam Metal Roofing?

Standing seam metal roofs use a system of metal panels. The panels have two raised seams and a flat area between them. A panel is fastened to the roof deck with fastener flanges under the seams or by using clips.

The raised seams cover all of the fasteners, unlike traditional metal roofs. This is the main reason professionals consider standing seam roofs to be a higher quality system.

Covered Fasteners

The covered fasteners previously mentioned are one of the standing seam roof’s biggest advantages. Screws never penetrate the metal of the roof using this system.

The fasteners aren’t exposed to moisture, wind, UV, or other elements that could cause wear and failure over the years. This also adds to the overall weather tightness of the roof.

Standing seam metal roofing changes the look of a home and adds substantial curb appeal. In fact, studies have found that standing seam roofs recoup up to 95% of the cost in added resale value.

Many consider the visible screw heads of traditional metal roofs to be unsightly. The covered fasteners of standing seam roofs create a clean design with straight lines and eliminate that unsightly problem. 

Durability and Longevity

Standing seam roofs are resistant to snow and ice. Ice will slide off the roof and won’t build up. They can also withstand winds up to 140 mph. The metal roofs won’t collapse under their own weight during heavy rains either.

Metal roofing isn’t combustible and has a Class A fire rating, which is the highest rating for roofs. It means that the roofing can withstand extreme fire exposure from outside sources.

Homeowners consider standing seam roofs to be a one-time purchase. They will typically last between 40-70 years and won’t need to be replaced.

You have to climb onto your roof periodically to retighten fasteners that have backed out on other metal roofs. Standing seam doesn’t require that maintenance because expansions and contractions aren’t an issue.

Standing seam systems often use PVDF paints. The paint also increases the lifespan and appearance of the roof. The coatings of modern metal roofs also make them rust-resistant as well.

Color and Style Choices

Standing seam roofs come in a wide variety of colors to choose from. The choices are almost completely up to your personal style but red and black tend to be two of the most popular.

The roofs also come in lighter colors that are more fade-resistant like tans, grays, and whites.

Standing seam systems come in a variety of materials, too. The roofs are available in coated aluminum, zinc, galvanized steel, galvalume steel, and copper.

Energy Efficient and Eco-friendly

Energy efficiency is another huge advantage of these metal roofs. The highly reflective paints applied to the roof’s surface reflect solar radiant heat. This reflection can reduce the cost of cooling your home by 10-25%.

Metal roofs are also ideal in the winter months. They create a great barrier that limits heat loss and maximizes efficiency.

The panels of standing seam roofs are made from 100% recyclable materials. In fact, panels are often made from 40% recycled metal themselves.

They won’t end up in landfills like asphalt shingles made with crude oil. Standing seam systems are often built over existing roofs to avoid added waste.

Disadvantages of Standing Seam Systems

We’ve covered so many great features of standing seam roofs, but there are a few drawbacks to consider.

The panels need to be installed by a professional roofer that understands metal roofs. The cost of this installation is often twice the amount of an asphalt shingle roof and costs more than other metal roofing options.

The installation process is typically more labor-intensive than other roofing systems and can take longer to complete.

Standing seam metal roofing can’t be installed on flatter roofs either. If your roof has a rise of fewer than 2 feet per 12 inches, you won’t be able to choose this system.

Shipping adds to the overall cost. Many manufacturers install a film along the length of panels to prevent them from rubbing together during transportation. The film prevents damage but adds cost to each panel.

The average cost for standing seam roofs is between $8-$14 per square foot installed. That’s about $23,000-$30,000 total depending on the roof’s size and pitch. Although, it will increase your home’s value as mentioned.

Ready to Install a Standing Seam Roof?

Now you know the many advantages of standing seam metal roofing. They are long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and energy-efficient roofing systems. The covered fasteners alone put it well above other metal roofs. 

Of course, the price tag is slightly higher because of those benefits. Luckily, it’s a one-time upgrade if you plan to stay in your current home for a long time. It will also add value to the home even if you plan to resell.

Please contact us for free price estimates and more information on this fantastic roofing system. 

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