Standing seam metal roofs gives your home an exquisite, modern look that’s coupled with superb durability and longevity.
Usually considered to be the high end option among all different types of metal roofing system options, it’s most popular with the savvy, discerning homeowner in areas like Saratoga Springs, who typically want to invest in a durable and long-lasting roofing system that’s also energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Made from premium quality metals, the standing seam metal roof will offer you and your home peace of mind from roof related issues for many decades to come.
What exactly is a Standing Seam Roof?
Standing Seam roofs feature many metal panels that are connected together vertically that run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves of your home. The upturned edge of metal panels connect to the next adjacent panel and creates a very distinctive metal line (this metal line is what’s known as a ‘standing’ seam).
This very unique seam is what gives a metal roof it’s characteristically trendy and modern look. But, one major benefit of the standing seam is that no screws or fasteners are exposed, which reduces the potential for leaks (in fact, fasteners becoming loosened over time is one of the top causes of most metal roof leaks).Typically all fasteners are going to be hidden or concealed on a standing seam metal roof, which makes it more water tight then other ribbed type metal roofing.
Residential standing seam panels are usually between one foot and 19 inches wide and are made out of painted galvanized steel for the longest lasting material properties. Other options include Galvalume steel (which is a zinc and aluminum alloy, which has better corrosion resistance than galvanized steel) or pure aluminum.
Additional popular types of metal include copper and zinc, which are often used as metal “skirting” installations and accents due to their much more expensive nature.
How are standing seam metal roofs manufactured?
The panels that make up the system are usually pre-formed at a facility from a roll of metal coils. These coils are fed through special roll-forming machines which crimps the metal into strong, rigid panels.
Snap-Locked and Field-Locked Systems
There are a number of different types of standing seam systems. The most common type in residential construction is a field-locked standing seam. This type of system requires a special seam locking tool to adjoin the metal panels together.
Another common type is a snap-lock standing seam, which locks the panels together when one side is adjoined or snapped-together with the one next to it.
Lastly, there are standing seam shingle-based panels. These have the look of standing seam, but they are actually vertical metal shingle panels.
Standing Seam Metal Benefits
Durability and Longevity: Standing seam roofs are known for their exceptional durability and longevity. This roof will not crack, shrink, erode, or perforate. It offers superior protection against fire and strong wind.
Standing seam is one of the most stable and durable roofs for hurricane grade winds and hail. Most manufacturers offer systems rated for up to 110mph wind uplift or higher.
You can have a real peace of mind with a standing seam metal roof, as it will last well over 50 years, requiring virtually no maintenance, but if and only if it was installed properly.
Impervious to Moisture: seams are a the weakest point in any roof, often becoming the potential entry point for leaks.
In standing seam, the seams are raised above the level of the roofing panel, making it impervious to moisture. Also, standing seam roofs have fewer seams in total than most other types of roofs.
Sheds Snow and Ice: A standing seam roof is specifically designed to easily shed snow and ice. This keeps the roof light, improves ventilation and prevents ice-dams from forming. — This is what makes a standing seam roof perfect in regions with prolonged winters and heavy snow snow storms.
Sustainable: An ever-increasing numbers of homeowners today are looking for a green roofing solution. Standing seam one of the few truly environmentally friendly roofing systems on the market. Since it is made of metal, the roof is completely recyclable, and standing seam also contains a significant proportion of recycled metal content.
Moreover, a standing seam’s Cool Roof finish reflective properties will help you reduce energy waste and realize significant saving on your electric bill throughout the year.
Standing Seam Metal Roof Advantages
High Seams: One great advantage of standing seam metal roofs is contained in the name itself: seams, the weak point in any roof and a potential entry point for moisture, are raised above the level of the roofing panel. This cannot be said for composition shingles or especially for torch-down or rolled roofing.
Fewer Seams: Because the metal panels run unhindered from the top to the bottom of the roof, not only are there no horizontal seams but in total the roof has far fewer seams.
Durable: Metal is tough and durable, but it's not impervious to all hazards. The sheet metal in this type of roofing can be penetrated by heavy falling limbs or dented by a severe hailstorm.
Long-Lasting: With proper maintenance, you can expect your metal roof to last between 30 and 50 years.
"Cool Roof": All metal roofing, in general, is considered a "cool roof" by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This is because metal roofing can be painted any color, including colors on the lighter end of the spectrum which will prevent solar heat gain. Composition shingles are difficult to paint.
Sleek Looks: Standing seam roofs are perfect for certain types of contemporary or country-style houses. Due to the smooth, straight lines, these roofs give your house an industrial feeling -- yet with a modern flair. These are not the rippled tin roofs that you might remember from warehouses of the past.
Multiple Colors: Metal roofing comes in a decent array of colors: grays, browns, forest greens, earthy reds. While this is not the full palette of colors you might find at a paint store, it is far more than you will find with composition or asphalt shingles.