Initially used for businesses and commercial buildings, standing seam metal roofs are gaining popularity among residential homeowners for several good reasons. They are referred to as standing seam because the metal panels run from the roof’s ridge down to the edge. Each panel is connected to the next half inch to one and a half-inch above the roof, making it look like the seam is standing above the roof.
Advantages of a Standing Seam Metal Roof
The most significant advantage of choosing a standing seam metal roof is its durability, as these roofs are built to last a lifetime. Different manufacturers quote anywhere between 40 and 70 years for their metal roof’s lifespan.
With other forms of roofing, you might not get such longevity. Plus, you’ll be more susceptible to leakage since the roofing material is not made of hard, impenetrable metal. Seam metal roofing fixes this problem, giving you strength and durability to last for a lifetime, as well as dependability, so you never have to catch water droplets in a bucket.
If you drive through the countryside, especially in the south, you’ll probably be able to see lots of seam metal roofs roll by. They’re so commonplace that Harper Lee, the famous American author of To Kill a Mockingbird, mentioned them in her book- “Go Set a Watchman.”
Considering their durability and dependability, it’s no surprise that the seam metal roof has become a commonplace fixture in American towns. The old-style seam metal roofs may not be quaint or sophisticated, but they possess a charm of their own that pairs with their utility and functionality like butter on toast.
Metal roofs can be steel or aluminum. However, today’s modern-day metal roofs consist primarily of aluminum. Aluminum is also the best choice for the coastal areas as it is rust-resistant. Steel is another common material used for residential roofing, mostly inland, where corrosion is not an issue.
Due to these features, metal roofs can preserve their original appeal, unlike other standard material roofing. Even if dented by hail, they last much longer than a traditional tile or shingle roof.
The Aesthetic Appeal of a Metal Roof
Standing seam metal roofs are also very aesthetically appealing. The long vertical metal panels displayed on rooftops are elegant and ultra-contemporary. They are offered in different widths, wide or slim, and many colors from bright to dark colors. Metal roofs are also known for being cool roofs with no or very low-maintenance.
Metal roofs also age well aesthetically. While they stay durable, cool, and waterproof for years on end, the slight patina they pick up overtime exudes a rustic charm that just can’t be matched out of other forms of roofing.
An aged metal roof reminds people of hot summer days, cups of lemonade and iced tea, and lazy Sundays.
The only disadvantage of Standing Seam Roofs is the installation. Most residential roofers are still not familiar with metal roofs, so finding the right residential roofing company that knows how to install these roofs is an absolute must.