Installing a standing-seam roof can be a great way to put your money into something that isn’t going to wear out. While laying the paneling of one of these hardy roofs over your home can be a swift, simple renovation that doesn’t even require you to clear away the old roofing shingles, the ease of installation belies the hardiness of the materials. Furthermore, standing-seam roofs look great. The panels attach to a rigid base laid down over the existing roof, clipping neatly together in vertical lines stretching from the edge of the roof to the eaves. Since each panel conceals the clips that hold the one preceding it in place, the look is neat, smooth and distinctively modern.
Yet the fact is, the average contractor would probably charge you significantly more to install traditional roofing materials, like clay, slate or fiberglass, than he would for installing a standing-seam roof. The reason is that those old-school materials are much heavier than the thin steel, copper or aluminum of which metal roofing panels are made, and are hence a lot more difficult to get onto someone’s roof, not to mention being more difficult to fix in place. Many manufacturers sell metal panels in pre-made sheets, cutting the amount of labor required to assemble them by half.
In fact, aside from the fact that they might cost you a little more for the initial outlay, you’d find that making a list of the pros and cons of metal roofs would wind up leaving your page quite lopsided. Metal panels get a first class rating in term of their fire hazard risk – meaning they&’re no risk at all, and will protect you home from imminent combustion. With a lot of insurance companies, this actually means that you’ll save a lot off your premiums – probably in the realm of 25 percent.
Furthermore, metal roofing materials have another benefit over traditional materials, particularly when it comes to the hot depths of summer, when heat gets absorbed by asphalt and fiber-glass, but copper, steel and aluminum reflect it. This means that you can save on your air conditioning bills and enjoy the cool of regulated temperature without solar interference.
Lastly, standing seam roofing panels are actually much more difficult to damage than other kinds of roofing, due to the naturally elasticity of metal, and the consequent stress it can undergo before it becomes deformed. Under stringent tests, metal roofing solutions have proven their capacity to stay true to shape even in hurricane force winds, or when battered by hail the size of golf balls.
Still, it’s hard to break a stereotype, and it’ll be some time before people hear “metal roofing” without thinking of corrugated iron, and the consequent associations of dull industrial buildings and cobbled-together shack homes. In all probability, this is what keeps most people from even investigating the possibility of installing standing a standing metal roof as an option when they start to build. Little do they know that the roofing materials they prefer, the slate and Tuscan tiling, can all be emulated to near exact visual effect by disguised metal roofing, roofing with all the benefits of modern materials and the aesthetic appeal of traditional styles. Quite aside from these cases of masquerading metal, the 90’s trend towards minimalist architecture saw the creation of a wide range of beautiful metal roofing products that, far from compromising the visual appeal of your home, will only serve to highlight it.