The standing seam metal roof is a favored roofing option in many parts of the country both for its elegance and functionality. The elegant seams add dimension to the flat roofs make these roofs an instant favorite in many parts of the country and the world. If you live in the cold parts where there is ice and snow, a metal roof is much favored as it easily sheds both. A small change in temperature melts the layer in contact with the it and causes the whole pile of snow or ice to slide down the roof. No problems about shoveling all that stuff in the freezing cold.
These roofs are also very attractive. They come in a variety of shades, colors and hues. Makers of metallic roofs will offer a color palette for you to choose from. You can also go with the bare metallic colors of the metal for your roofs which are also very attractive. Copper, Zinc, Aluminum and stainless steel are the metals most used. Aluminum is rarely used as it is. It is coated with different paints. Steel is also coated with other alloys to prevent corrosion.
Care should be taken to prevent the use of incompatible metals or materials. Metals corrode easily and use of incompatible paints or materials can cause rapid corrosion and destruction of the roofs. If these simple points are kept in mind then a standing seam metal roof will last several decades longer than asphalt shingles. These shingles are cheaper and are much preferred roofing option because of their low-cost. But, the rise in oil prices has actually caused their prices of asphalt shingles to rise sharply. Petroleum is a major component of the asphalt shingles.
Metals have several advantages. Asphalt shingles last 10-15 years and in corrosive environments they last even shorter. In contrast a standing seam metal roof has a minimum life of 50 years. Some of them are known to last for more than a 100 years. Metal roofs need no maintenance. They are attractive apart from being durable. They are available in wide range of colors and also in different patterns like wood shakes. People have actually mistaken these roofs for genuine wooden roofs because of the texture and pattern.
If you compare the prices long-term you will realize that standing seam metal roofs are actually several times cheaper and there is no headache of replacing the roofing shingles every 15 years. They are easy to lay and 98 percent recyclable, so when it comes for replacement the metal will be hauled away for getting recycled into another roof. So, not much damage to environment comes in disposal of metal roofs.