Considering a metal roofing system? Chances are you have also read about standing seam metal roofs.
Standing seam metal roofs are formed by joining adjacent seams together, standing seam panels have to be installed in sequence and attached to the underlayment with clips or fasteners. Seaming the panels can be accomplished in one of four ways: mechanically seamed, symmetrical mechanically seamed, one piece snap-lock, and two piece snap-lock.
So what are the advantages of a standing seam metal roof? For one thing, they can be installed over your current roof. They also could last as much as twice as long as roofing shingles, and because they are so durable can often withstand harsh weather conditions. They are typically fire resistant, can handle heavy snow loads, require little maintenance, and due to their solar reflective qualities, can lower a home’s cooling costs by as much as 30%.
With all of these advantages, the question is, why wouldn’t you use a standing seam metal roof? Cost, for one thing. A standing seam metal roof typically costs much more than a traditional shingle roof. Also, if your roof is quite steep – known as a high-slope roof – installing a standing seam roof can be challenging. Further, walking on a standing seam roof can be dangerous – especially if it is a high slope. Lastly, if your roof has several vents, chimneys, and skylights, installing metal roof can be difficult.
Putting all of these pros and cons together should help you know if a standing seam roof is right for you. However, a licensed roofing contractor can also help evaluate your roof and offer the best options for you.
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