What the Heck Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

Standing Seam Metal Roof In Green

DYMI Construction specializes in Standing Seam metal roofs, so we thought we would explain why we feel it’s the best choice for most of your residential and commercial applications.

When you’re looking for a roof that can give your home that exquisite, modern look coupled with superb durability and longevity, a standing seam metal roof is the perfect system. Standing seam roofs are quickly becoming the choice for discerning homeowners who want to invest in a durable, long-lasting, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly. It’s a roofing system that offers a true peace of mind for many decades to come.

So What the Heck is Standing Seam Anyways?

Standing seam is a metal roofing system that features vertical metal panels running from the top of the roof all the way down to the eaves. The edge of the metal panels connects it to the adjacent panel and creates a distinctive vertical line known as a standing seam, this gives this system its characteristic, trendy, modern look.

Standing Seam Close Up

Close up of Standing Seam Metal Roof

One distinctive benefit of standing seam is that there are no exposed screws or fasteners that could become potential sources for leaks. Standing seam design incorporates hidden or concealed fasteners, which is what makes it more watertight than a similarly-looking ribbed or corrugated metal roofing system.

Residential standing seam panels are generally 12 to 19 inches wide. They are typically made out of painted galvanized steel/G-90 Steel (zinc-coated steel), galvalume steel (zinc and aluminum alloy coated steel offering better protection from corrosion than galvanized steel), or aluminum.

It is also possible to have panels made out of copper, or zinc, but these premium metals are more expensive, and are not a typical material choice for most homeowners.

Standing seam panels can either be pre-formed at a manufacturing facility or a sheet metal shop, or site-formed. Site-formed panels are formed from a roll of metal coil, which is fed through special roll-forming machine which crimps the metal into rigid panels. Forming standing seam panels right on the job site offers the advantage of speed, convenience, and makes it possible to form panels of considerable length that would otherwise be difficult to transport. This is an advantage DYMI Construction can offer you because not only are we installers, we are a standing seam fabrication house as well.

Standing seam roofs boast a number of advantages that make them the fastest growing metal roofing choice.

Great Curb Appeal: for people who want a modern look for their home, a standing seam roof is an ideal choice. Sleek lines of the roof, give the house a very cool contemporary feel and multiple combinations of panel widths, seam profiles, and rib heights offer design flexibility. The many sizes and styles of standing seam allow for an array of beautiful visual effects.

Durability and Longevity: Standing seam roofs are known for their exceptional durability and longevity. This roof will not crack, shrink, erode, or perforate and offers superior protection against fire and strong winds.

Standing seam is one of the most stable and durable roofs for hurricane grade winds and hail. Most manufacturers offer systems rated for up to 110mph wind uplift or higher. You have a real peace of mind with a standing seam metal roof, knowing it will last well over 50 years, requiring virtually no maintenance.

Impervious to Moisture: seams are the weakest point in any roof, often becoming the potential entry point for leaks. In a standing seam roof, the seams are raised above the level of the roofing panel, making it impervious to moisture. Also, standing seam roofs have fewer seams in total than most other types of roofs.

Sheds Snow and Ice: a standing seam roof is specifically designed to easily shed snow and ice. This keeps the roof light, improves ventilation and prevents ice-dams from forming.

Sustainable: increasing numbers of homeowners today are looking for a green roofing solution. Standing seam one of the few truly environmentally friendly roofing systems. Since it’s made of metal, the roof is completely recyclable, and standing seam also contains a significant proportion of recycled metal content. Moreover, a standing seam’s CoolRoof finish reflective properties will help you reduce energy waste and realize significant saving on your electric bill throughout the year.

All of this combines to offer you a quality roofing product that when professional installed, can give you 50+ worry free years , through all kinds of weather.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to DYMI Constructions and we would be happy to walk you through how is all works.

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