Ever heard a builder say ‘water always wins’? Well, that was before the standing seam metal roof came on the scene. Metal roofing is your best protection against rain, wind, fire and rot. And for an affordable roofing material that is both durable and energy-efficient, standing seam metal roofing is your most cost effective option. It will last you at least 50 years, and requires little to no maintenance.
What is a standing seam metal roof?
A standing seam metal roof has metal panels that run vertically. Each panel has two seams that stand up vertically (hence the name). These seams are crimped together, which seals the joint and also prevents water and moisture from collecting on the surface and causing a leak.
You install these panels by attaching them from underneath with clips. The clips allow the metal to contract and expand according to the temperatures outdoors.
Why metal roofing?
In short, because they are the most durable material for roofs available. Because they last so long, they are much cheaper in the long run than other roofing materials, and easily last longer than their warranties. A typical warranty on a metal roof is 50 years, and many of these roofs have been standing guard over homes and buildings for well over a century with no problems.
How do they look?
Metal roofs used to be thought of as…well, ugly. They were bright, shiny and stood out like a sore thumb. At on point, they were thought of as barnyard roofs only.
Now, however, manufacturers have created several finishes that look much better with today’s exterior home designs. You can get almost any color you want, and choose from a variety of finishes if you want to avoid that high-gloss glare. In fact, you can get metal roofing that looks like other types of roof material, such as cedar shakes or asphalt shingles. You can even get distressed-look metal roofs, which have an irregular pattern that works well in hail-prone areas as it won;t show any dents or dings.
How about value?
Metal roofing, because it is so durable, actually adds value to your home…almost $1.50 per square foot. And many insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners with metal roofs because they are pretty much damage proof when properly installed.
They also add value because of their energy efficiency. Did you know they can actually reduce your cooling costs in the summer? This is because they reflect the sun’s rays and block the transmission of heat. Some even have enhanced reflective coatings, to further improve the reflective abilities.
All metal roofs offer these benefits, but standing seam metal roofing offers them plus a lower cost for purchase and installation. And the best thing is, they can be installed over existing asphalt shingles…no need for a tear-off! So if you want a low cost, durable, efficient roof that will last longer than you own your home, standing seam metal roofs are the no-brainer way to go.