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Standing Seam Roofing Systems: A Comprehensive Overview

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It is tough to know everything, especially about construction! The market is flooded with evolving technologies and construction materials. Opting for simple yet important things like choosing a roofing system becomes complex in that environment.

If you are looking for a roofing system, you must have heard about standing seam roofing systems because of their popularity among homeowners but want to know what exactly Standing Seam Roofing Systems are? Then continue reading this blog to know what standing seam roofing systems are, their types, benefits, cost and work.

What are Standing Seam Roofing Systems?

A standing seam roofing system is well-defined and differs from traditional roofing style and installation. This type of roof has panels installed vertically upwards along the length of the roof with connected seams. They usually run from eave to ridge. The panels are installed with concealed or hidden fasteners. Such invisibility makes them an excellent option to enhance the curb appeal of the build.

Moreover, their different installation allows them to move under thermal expansion as they create a compact covering, allowing the roof to expand or contract. These types of metal roofs are highly durable, adaptable and versatile. They provide more protection to your house and add value to your property.

Types of Standing Seam Roofing Systems

Standing seam metal roofs have multiple advantages. Its durability has implications for all structures, whether tiny homes or large-scale commercial structures. They are also known as concealed fastener roof panels. Due to their diverse use, standing seam metal roofs have different types available in the market, which we will look into further in the blog.

Here are the various types of Standing seam metal roofs available in the market:

Snap-Lock Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Due to its easy installation and requiring no tools or special equipment, it’s a popular type of standing seam metal roofing. The interlocked panels snap together, creating a robust shield that prevents water penetration. The panels have a wide range of widths available from 12″ to 24″, usually made of steel or aluminium. It is affordable and relatively lighter than other standing seam metal roofs.

Mechanical-Lock Standing Seam Metal Roofing

They have pretty similarities with snap-lock standing seam metal roofing. Still, it differs in installation procedure as it implies mechanical seaming tools. This allows a more robust and secure connectivity between the panels. This type is more suitable in areas with heavy snowfalls and faster winds as it has fewer chances of losing panels and leaks under extreme weather conditions.

They are available in widths ranging from 12″ to 24″. Unlike snap-lock standing seam metal roofing, they are more expensive because of their strength and longevity.

Batten Seam Standing Seam Metal Roofing

It is more like traditional metal roofing. It offers more comprehensive panels that are pinned to the roof using battens. They are made of steel or aluminium with the panel widths ranging from 12″ to 24″. This type is better for vintage or traditional-looking buildings as it has a classic finish to complement the vintage architecture. The metal battens provide extra support and strength to the roof, making it a good option for areas experiencing extreme weather conditions.

However, it’s also an expensive option since it requires more labour for installation. Owing to its thermal insulation properties, it is also energy-efficient.

Curved Standing Seam Metal Roofing

It’s a unique type of metal roofing that suits buildings with rounded or curved rooflines. The panels are designed to align with the roof’s curve to create a seamless and visually appealing roof. It is available in various colours and patterns, typically steel and aluminium. It is also expensive but is known for creating a distinctive finish.

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Market Price of Standing Seam Roofing Systems

The expenditure on a standing seam roofing system depends on factors like material quality, what metal you are using, the roof area, the contractors you are hiring and much more. However, we have provided the average pricing range and market rate for 2024.

In terms of Material and Labor:

Metal TypeLabour and Material CostMaterial Cost
Zinc Louis Hudson$15-$25
Aluminium$11-$17$6-$10
Copper$23-$35$15-$25
Steel $10-$16 $3-$5

In terms Of Area:

Area in square feetCost
1000$10,000-$35,000
1500$15,000-$52,000
1700$17,000-$59,500
2000$20,000-$70,000
2500$25,000-$87,500
3000$30,000-$105,000
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Benefits of Investing in Standing Seam Roofing Systems

Here is a list of advantages that you will get for investing in Standing Seam Roofing Systems. This will make it easier for you to make a purchase.

Longevity and Strength

Unlike simple roofs, standing seam metal roofs have concealed fasteners, which makes them the most weather-tight roofing system, adding strength and durability. They are also known as “Life-Time Roofs”. They are long-term investments and can last from 40-70 years. They can endure harsh environments, even winds up to 140mph.

Fire Resistant

Standing seam metal roofs are fire resistant, making them an excellent option if your structure is near forests. Metal roofings are non-combustible and have a Class A fire rating, the highest fire-resistance rating for roofing as per ASTM E-108. This indicates that roofs can endure and survive severe fire from an external environment.

Curb Appeal

Standing seam metal roofs act as a catalyst for the curb appeal of your building. Their dainty finish instantly adds to the build’s curb appeal with two benefits. It enhances the visual appeal and also adds value to your property. They are sleek, minimal and chic, making them a modern and popular choice.

Diversity

Standing seam metal roofs are generally available in PVDF paint system, the widely used painting system for metal roofing panels. Unlike the SMP paint system, PVDF offers bright colours with an endless colour range. 

Energy Efficient

Most standing seam metal roofs are considered as cool metal roofs. The PVDF paint has cool pigments reflecting UV rays and keeping the roof’s surface temperature low. A cool roof that reflects most of the sunlight keeps your home cool, saving the electricity consumed by air conditioners, saving you a lot of money and decreasing air pollution, hence energy efficient and environment friendly too! 

Low Maintenance

Due to concealed fasteners, screws aren’t exposed to the external environment, which means less damage and less need for replacements. They have no expansion and contraction issues, so you don’t have to climb the roof to recheck or tighten the fasteners periodically. However, inspecting your standing seam metal roofs at least once a year is advisable for early detection of any problem.

If you are looking for roof repair or want to replace it with a new, better roof, like a standing seam metal roof, consult S Tomic Roofing Ltd. We offer the best roofing & guttering services using premium quality products with expert installations and ideas for everyone. Contact us today!

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