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Standing Seam Metal Roofing: An Eye-Appealing Yet Practical Option In Commercial Roofing

by Harvie Simms

If you are looking for a roofing material for your restaurant, retail store, warehouse or other commercial building, standing seam metal roofing products with baked-on enamel finishes differ from the traditional tin roofs previously installed on barns and factories. Before selecting a commercial roofing material for your commercial business, learn more about the advantages that standing seam roofing offers. The information can help you decide if this type of roofing product is the right choice for your building.

About Standing Seam Metal Roofing

The panels of standing seam metal roofing are separated by slightly raised seams, which look like wide vertical stripes. Joining the panels together requires overlapping the seams and then fastening panel clips to the roof deck to hold the panels in place. The panel seams hide the clips for a more appealing look.

With standing seam metal roofing, there are no horizontal seams where moisture can enter. Another advantage is that the vertical seams are higher than the metal panels, which helps keep out water. The panels are available in different widths and come either pre-formed from the manufacturer or as rolls of metal that are fabricated into panels at the work site.

When it comes to affordability, metal roofing is more expensive than the cost of asphalt shingles, wooden shingles, or roof tiles, but it can save you money in the long run. Available in a variety of colors and designs (straight, ribbed, and striated), standing seam metal roofing is both aesthetically attractive and more durable than other roofing, which means it lasts longer. You can also choose from different metal materials, including painted aluminum, painted or galvanized steel, zinc, or copper.

Knowing the Benefits

Whether you are constructing a new building or replacing the roof on an existing commercial structure, standing seam metal roofing offers a number of beneficial features. Consider that standing seam roofing is:

  • Energy efficient – it conserves energy by reflecting instead of absorbing heat from the sun

  • Cost effective, as it reduces heating and cooling costs

  • Basically weather proof since it holds up better than other roofing materials under severe weather conditions

  • Watertight – panels are closely fitted and sealants applied at the joints and seams so that water can't seep through

  • A design that provides for better roof ventilation, which helps prevent ice dams in cold temperatures and excessive heat buildup in hot temperatures

  • Fire resistant

  • Climate adaptable – it works well in different kinds of climates, hot or cold, wet or dry

  • Eco-friendly – panels often are manufactured from recycled metal, which can be recycled   again

  • Low maintenance

  • Solar friendly, making it easy to install solar panels now or in the future