Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Standing Seam Metal Roofing Basics
Standing seam metal roofing is constructed of many interlocking panels that run vertically from the roof’s ridge (the top of the roof) to the eaves. The interlocking seam where two panels join together is raised above the roof’s flat surface, allowing water to run off without seeping between panels.
Standing seam metal roofs come in many shapes and sizes. In some instances, the vertical panels are cut to length at a factory and delivered to the job site. Other types are shaped and cut right on the job site using portable equipment. Other options include standing seam “shingles” that arrive prepackaged (typically in three- to five-foot lengths) and are installed in a staggered pattern for visual effect.
Installation Methods and Metal Roofing Attributes
Two types of methods are commonly used to secure the panels to the roof sheathing: (1) hidden fasteners are secured to the raised portion of each panel and subsequently covered by the next adjoining panel during installation, and (2) exposed fasteners that are driven through each metal panel into the roof sheathing.
The attributes of metal roofing are impressive. A metal roof is:
- durable and long lasting
- requires little maintenance
- easily retrofitted over many existing roofing materials or even extant roofs
- available in a wide range of colors and styles to match your architecture
- fire resistant – the highest Class A fire rating
- Learn about DIY metal roofing project seminars
Versatile Products that Resist Weather Extremes
Standing seam metal roofs are popular in areas diverse as the hot and humid South and frigid New England, where they have shed their industrial roots to become an architectural statement.
There is no material more capable of protecting a structure from wind, rain, hail, fire, or rot than a durable and energy-efficient metal roof. The initial cost to install may seem high, but the standing-seam metal roof cost is the most economical roofing option over the life of the roof because it is virtually maintenance-free and can last 50 years or more.
Installation Service Is Available Throughout Southern Wisconsin
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