A standing seam roof is comprised of vertical metal panels, each with two seams that stand up vertically. Crimping these seams together seals the joint, and keeps moisture and water from collecting on the surface of your roof and leaking in.
These roofs are easily installed. You simply attach them together from underneath with clips. These clips let the metal contract and expand naturally according to the weather.
Metal is your most durable choice for roofing materials. They last a very long time, with the average warranty being 50 years. If you’ve ever seen an old building, such as a church, with a green roof, then you’ve seen how long a metal roof can last… in this case copper, which has been used for centuries because of its long lifespan. Steel, aluminum, and even tin also offer the same types of benefits.
Because of their durability, metal roofs offer a significant cost savings over the long term. They require little to no maintenance, and stand up to inclement weather with ease. Of course, they also offer more protection than standard shingles, as they will not catch fire or collapse due to heavy snowfall.
Metal roofs have come a long way since the old ‘tin barn roof’ days. manufacturers have realized that homeowners value aesthetics as well as protection, and as such you can find metal roofing materials in all sorts of finishes and colors.
You can also find metal roofing that looks like other materials, such as cedar shakes or asphalt. Distressed-look metal roofs have an irregular pattern that not only adds design value, but keeps the roof from showing dents and dings… a plus if you live in an area prone to hail storms.
Because they are so durable, metal roofs actually add value to your home…almost $1.50 per square foot. And because they are pretty much damage proof when properly installed, your insurance company may offer you a discount on your home coverage.
They also add value because they are very energy efficient. Installing metal roofing can actually reduce your cooling costs in the summer, because they reflect the sun’s rays and block the transmission of heat. Some even have advanced reflective coating, which improves the reflectivity and energy savings.
While all types of metal roofs have these benefits, a standing seam metal roof has a lower ticket price, plus a lower cost for installation. What’s more, you can easily install them over your existing asphalt shingles, which further reduces your installation costs. Standing seam metal roofs are you best choice for durability, style, efficiency and value.