Standing seam metal roofing is becoming today’s most popular roofing system, thanks to its various benefits. In this blog, roofing contractor Georgia Roof Advisors shares everything you need to know about standing seam metal roofing.
A standard standing seam metal roof installation uses galvanized steel, the same type used for building gutters and downspouts. The name “standing seam” is derived from its prominent vertical seams, which routes rainwater and prevents infiltration. Custom lengths of metal are cut at the factory to match the length of the roofing plane, from ridge to edge. In addition to galvanized steel, aluminum and copper options are also available.
Standing seam metal roofs have several advantages over other types of roofing systems:
- Long Life Span — Metal roofs are expected to last for 30 to 50 years, which is almost twice that of a typical asphalt shingle roof.
- Durability — It may be made of thinner material, but metal roofing is more durable. Hail impact causes dents, but does not penetrate the roofing surface.
- Color Flexibility — You can choose virtually any color for your standing seam metal roof, which gives you more flexibility with your exterior color palette.
- Energy Efficiency — You can choose to have your metal roof coated with reflective “cool roof” coatings, which helps reduce the heat that gets absorbed through the roof. Bare aluminum and copper are naturally reflective, and achieve a similar effect.
Standing seam metal roofs can be installed on standard roofing structures. In fact, it is entirely possible to replace an asphalt shingle roof with a standing seam metal roof. The biggest difference between shingle and metal roof installation is the direction: whereas shingles are installed horizontally, standing seam metal roofs are installed vertically.
Care and Maintenance
Standing seam metal roofs require less maintenance. The smooth outer surface easily sheds rainwater and snow, and, with proper roof insulation, is less likely to form ice dams during winter. Dirt and debris, including animal droppings, are easily shed when it rains. Standing seam metal roofs do not require repainting, however, you can do so if you want to choose a different color.