What to Consider When Installing Standing Seam Metal Roofing

A metal roof can increase your home’s curb appeal and make a bold statement in the neighborhood. However, choosing the right standing seam roof requires careful consideration of paneling, roofing structure, and desired aesthetics. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.

How to Choose Your Panels

While several factors determine which type of panel you should choose for your standing seam roof, you’ll need to know the available options. Standing seam panels are available in four different types of locking mechanisms that go as follows:

Snap-Lock: Clip into one another with male and female corresponding panels.

Mechanical Seam: Uses pressure to roll-form two panels together in a crimping fashion seal.

Batten Panel: Two panels are secured either through a mechanical seam process or with a fitted cap seal.

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Fastener Flange: A male and female panel fit together and are then fastened in place with a nail strip. 

A notable feature of metal roofing panels is the ribbing seen from the curb. Ribbing heights generally range from 1 to 3 inches, and the size of the ribs helps determine the roof’s water tightness. Though how they all fit together also has a lot to do with the seal as well.

Ribbing is a distinguishable feature of metal roofing. The higher the seam, the better the seal, but the more notable it becomes. Panel widths range in size between 12 and 18 inches, but the shape of your roof will help determine your proper width, which also affects ribbing.

While locking mechanisms and ribbing are important features, another aspect of standing seam roofs is the thickness of the paneling. Metal panels range in gauge size from 22” to 26,” and you might be tempted to think thicker is better. However, your climate will primarily play a critical role in your choice here. Consult your metal roofing contractor on this factor.

Achievable Aesthetics

Metal roofing materials are naturally more durable than traditional asphalt shingle options. However, an even bigger draw is their visual effect. A standing seam metal roof offers your residential or commercial property a sleek and modern look.

Many residential property owners are choosing to accent their homes with the beautiful features of a metal roof. Even if you opt not to do an entire roofing replacement with metal panels, you can accent a portion of your home with this design.

With so many color options available, your style choices are nearly endless. Enhancing your home’s colors will make a big difference in this area. Consider a darker shade for a bold look if you have a white stucco property. Still, you can choose to use a standing seam roof as an accent piece over a porch or draw a beautiful bay window to the attention.

Roof Sloping is Critical

The type of panel or ribbing system to go with largely depends on your roof’s slope or pitch. The pitch of a roof must allow heavy weather like rain or snow to run off properly. Failure to achieve this flow increases the risks of leaks or rust on a standing seam roofing system.

Low slope profile roofs are an option for pitches between 1:12 and 3:12. That means that over the course of 12 inches, your roof rises between one and 3 inches. A common standard within the standing seam roofing industry is a pitched slope of 3:12, allowing for proper runoff and decreasing the chance of roof degradation.

Consider Roof Geometry

While the slope of your roof is an essential factor when choosing a standing seam roof, so is the architecture of your home. Given that standing seam panels need proper sloping for water runoff, roofs with dead valleys can be a concerning factor in managing flow.

Suppose your roof has many penetration points, such as skylights or a chimney. In that case, you’ll need to speak with your contractors about achieving water tightness in these areas. Additional points of concern include vent pipes and hatches.

Specific roofing designs may also be better suited for standing seam roofs. Panels are held together either by locking clips or mechanical seals. Therefore, an advanced slope, like an A-frame home, may be prone to see slipping over the course of years.

Consider Maintenance

Along with aesthetics and durability, standing seam roofing systems become an attractive option when you consider how long they last. Unlike traditional roofs that need to replace every ten to 15 years, a standing seam roof can often maintain performance for 50 years.  

Like all roofing types, these superior materials do require some maintenance. Though maybe not as much as traditional asphalt shingle roofs. Depending on manufacturer recommendations, most maintenance can be achieved with soap and water. Still, other considerations include the following:

Debris Removal: From time to time, you’ll need to ensure that any dead valley areas are free from leaves or branches that have landed here.

Scratch Repair: While a metal roof can last a long time, if you notice scratches on your panels, those will need to be repaired. Failure to do so can lead to rust and deterioration.

Inspect Flashings: If you see leaks, there’s a good chance your roof’s flashing has been damaged. These issues need to be addressed and repaired by a professional immediately.

Repair Rust Spots: Since rust eventually erodes metal materials, your roof should be inspected regularly for this condition. Minimal rust spots can be repaired with light sanding and the application of a primer.

Keeping These Considerations in Mind

Standing seam metal roofing can be an attractive option for residential or commercial property owners. The type of panel depends on a few factors, including your desired aesthetics, weather conditions, and the shape of your roof.

The benefits of installing a standing seam roof are its inherently more durable material, long-lasting ability, and low maintenance effort. An experienced metal roofing contractor can help you select the correct type of panel and design to complement your property.

Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation is the nation’s premier metal panel manufacturer. We have the largest selection of colors and styles in the industry. Give us a call or contact us via the web to learn more.


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